At the Alhambra Palace.
HotHouse is creating this signature series to encounter a range of music and cultural expressions rare to the City. Thematic threads running through the programming of the series will include the journey of traditional influences that emanated from Africa and spread along historical trade routes and new music from the Middle East. HotHouse has chosen to focus this programmatic consideration to give amplified voice to many artists living in regions of conflict or who may be alienated vis a vis mainstream American culture since 9/11. A secondary goal of the project is to combat mythologies related to Islamophobia by showcasing cultural voices from primarily Muslim countries (Pakistan, Syria, Iran, etc.) These two goals became heightened in our work in the wake of the recent presidential election when rhetorical animus directed at immigrants and Muslims (and Jews) became more vigorous.
HotHouse’s pioneering emphasis on smart diplomacy, bridge building through cultural exchange and enhancing opportunities for diverse cultural expression has long marked the organization as a national leader in the field. Global Voices is an extension of our curatorial intention wherein we marry social justice concerns with high caliber artistic expression to build audience participation and educational opportunities.