The city of Babylon, in central Iraq, on Thursday defied the voices of some militants who rose in recent days, opposing the holding of concerts in the ancient city, which also experienced the weight of silence and terror for years.
Music rose from the ancient stands of Babylon, while Iraqi activists launched a campaign of support and praise for the city that defied the obscurantists, and participated in clips from the “Babylon International Festival”, whose first concerts were launched yesterday, amid a massive Iraqi presence, after an 18-year hiatus.
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Although a group of people organized the day before yesterday a prayer in front of the city’s monuments in protest against the festival’s inclusion of lyrical performances, the events were launched amid the encouragement of activists and the city’s people.
The objection of religious authorities to the presence of concerts did not discourage Iraqis, who flocked to the festival in large numbers, considering it a “popular referendum against darkness.”
Several Iraqi activists on Twitter commented on the attendees, describing the turnout as a popular uprising against extremist clerics.
It is noteworthy that many Iraqi and Arab artists and singers participate in this festival, which was launched for the first time in 1987.
The 5-day event will also include fashion shows, cultural and literary events, in addition to paragliding and ballooning activities.
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