In case you’ve yet to realize, Obilab is always out and about using drums as an excuse to meet and play music with new people. This last weekend Obilab was honored to participate in the Independant Israeli-Palestinian art festival in Paris, also known as the “Off-the-wall Pilgrimage” or “Pèlerinage en décalage”. The festival was organized in partnership with the International Forum for Peace and was an open invitation to experience Palestinian and Israeli culture, all politics aside.
As proof that music knows no borders, people from all over the world came together in Paris to share and experience the rich music and culture Palestine and Israel have to offer. The festival lasted two days and offered an original, interactive, and multidisciplinary variety of conferences, exhibitions, workshops, screenings as well as music and dance shows. A truly beautiful festival!
Obilab offered two ‘discovery drumkits’, the sets specially dedicated to touring around to festivals for workshops and people to play, to the festival. Obilab proudly donated it’s drumkit innovation for workshops and free playing sessions so people could experience just how fun and simple making rhythms together can be.
For the grand finale, the band Electric Desert, from Tel Aviv, performed their mind-melting blend of middle-eastern rock with a special edition… Obilab drums. Besides loving seeing all different musicians get their hands and sticks on the drumset the coolest part was watching other festival goers come up to the stage during the performance to play Obilab drums. “I think the kit is inviting, it promotes interaction, and people were actually more inclined to go on stage and play music because the kit was there. That was definitely the greatest part, a real success for Obilab” reported Caroline, the beloved Obilab head honcho.
The Obilab idea is to empower everyone to have fun making music and sharing it with others. Discovering new beats within yourself and also through the diversity of the people around you. Plus, it’s not often Israeli and Palestinian folks get to do this together. So when a collaboration works out as perfectly as at Off-the-wall Pilgrimage, we can’t help but do a little victory dance.
All in all, the festival was a total success with so many different people gathering around the common cause of sharing music and art. Thanks to everyone who organized the event, showed up, played, listened, and made the two days such an amazing experience! Obilab was so proud to be a small part of the rhythm of this incredible energy. And, our ‘discovery drumkits’ are looking forward to their next community building mission at the Fortenay sous soleil festival!