The focal point of the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2010 was the music of the Uyghur, the Muslim minority of Xinjiang in Northwest China.
Alim Qasimov Ensemble
Salman Gambarov & Bakustic Jazz
Morgenland Chamber Orchestra
Im Auftrag des Festivals entstand der Dokumentarfilm
Qetiq. Rock 'n Ürümchi. The Discovery of Perhat Khaliq
Ein Film von Mukaddas Mijit
The programme presented traditional music, rock music, paintings and dance. The charismatic singer Perhat Khaliq performed with his band Qetiq, as well as with the Morgenland Chamber Orchestra and the NDR Bigband. There was also a first cooperation by the NDR Bigband with the Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hermann Bäumer and Wolf Kerschek. Right up until just before the Festival started it was unclear whether the Uyghur musicians would be able to travel at all. After the Festival the band Qetiq performed at the Museum for Islamic Art, the Pergamon Museum, in Berlin.
Flamenco Biennale Nederland and the Oriental Landscapes Festival Damascus joined forces to develop the production “Qasida”, which brought together Arabian, Persian and Spanish musicians. The intensive cooperation between the Festival and the Osnabrück Youth Choir was continued in 2010 with concerts, together with the Syrian Bigband, at the Opera House in Damascus, in Amman and in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Osnabrück.