Last week, I received an invitation from a friend to attend a musical concert in Saudi, my hometown. Knowing how scarce such celebrations are, I had to drop everything and go.
Even though the event was public, the invitations were not sent out to everybody. Only to a selected few; only those who the organizers can trust that will not end up making troubles.
Because many people consider music religiously forbidden (haram). They think it leads people astray (I know!)
I invited one of my friends and we planned to go together. On the way, we kept talking about what we expect out of it and how things are going to turn out. Honestly, we both had no expectations about it. We went for the experience. Nothing more.
We were ushered to a separate entrance for women. We chose to sit in the front raw seats to enjoy a full view of everything around.
We arrived about 10 minutes before the show begins.The hall was too small to accommodate all those thirsty souls who came in search for art. It was hot because it’s a close theatre, but nobody seems to bother.
Covered women of all ages would enter the women’s section in the hall smiling shyly. A normal reaction you feel when you break a taboo for the first time. Men who mostly were dressed in traditional Saudi costumes were seated at the first 10 raws of the theatre. Women were seated in a separate section right behind the men’s.
We all came to support Saudi musical talents. We would applaud excitedly after each song, and encourage one another to sing louder and clap harder, as though to make up for all those years which we were not allowed to have such concerts.
I am proud and grateful for being a part of a night full of laughter, good vibes, and most of all, positive change!
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My name is Noor and I’m a Saudi writer& educator who likes to eat bagels, dance and talk to complete strangers!
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