Fairouz - Legend and LegacyText and pictures from this section of Al Mashriq on the legendary Lebanese singer Fairuz are from the 112-page book Fairouz - Legend and Legacy published by Forum for International Art and Culture* on the occasion of her tour of the United States in 1981.
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Fairouz - Legend and Legacy was edited by Kamal Boullata and Sargon Boulos.
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From the book, 1981:
The Forum for International Art and Culture is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization which was established in 1971 by its president, Miss Violette Yacoub, in San Francisco where it is based. Its objectives are cultural and educational: to present a diverse spectrum of international artists to the North American public. As its first cultural event, the Forum sponsored the San Francisco appear- ance of the Tamburitzans, an outstallding folkloric dance troupe from Duquesne University. Immediately after that, the Forum introduced to North America the Lebanese singer Fayrouz. Fayrouz's concert tour began in New York at Carnegie Hall on September 29, 1971 and continued on to 10 other North American cities. She was accompanied by the Lebanese La Troupe Populaire, which had performed in Lebanon's annual Baalbeck Inter- national Festival.
Since 1971, the Forum's activities have included numerous art exhibits, poetry readings, dramatic presentations, and musical concerts. One of the most notable of these offerings was the first Latin American Theatre Festival at the University of San Francisco in 1973. The Forum also sponsors the publication of Tigris, an independent journal of literature and the graphic arts published in San Francisco and edited by Sargon Boulus. The Forum will continue to present important cultural events to the public, such as the current concert tour by Fayrouz. It is also planning a series of dance festivals involving international folkloric dance troupes to be held in several U.S. cities in the near future. Like all Forum activities, these are intended to promote mutual enrichment and cross-fertilization among the world's artistic and cultural traditions.