AND THOSE WHO WERE SEEN DANCING WERE THOUGHT TO BE MAD BY THOSE WHO COULD NOT HEAR THE MUSIC…
…The man behind those illustrious words remains, to this day, famous for the madness guiding his pen. And yet, Nietzsche’s rupture with socially delineated sanity has brought him much closer/has made him all the closer to a world where sanity and insanity often intertwine, for he was a devoted disciple of music.
Hanine, on a much humbler scale according to her own words, is just such a disciple. What this versatile artist owes to music transpires beyond mere indebtedness…
Music, and the violin in particular, have forged this self-made musician into an independent woman aspiring to severe all ties with an immutably patriarchal society, and impose the long-denigrated model of the emancipated female upon the rigid bigotry of the environment she was raised in.
In spite of having been denied the right to ambition, on account of potential “physical” impediments along the line of “stunted fingers”, her innate sense of revolt against prejudice and patriarchy propelled her high on the echelon as she honed her craft at the Lebanese Conservatory and graduated against all odds, and against all hindrances.
What Hanine seeks to convey through her music, as well as her dancing (for dance and music cannot but be brought into unison), is freedom and emancipation from mental, societal, and traditional shackles.
Her ultimate purpose is for her performances to prompt her audience, especially the women who have been brought up in a prim society, to understand and work towards evolving into the crucial element they were born to be.
As she begun her career as a professional violinist, her horizons soon widened, allowing her to meet with and learn from various cultures across the globe, which translated into transcontinental tunes, and a spontaneous-albeit well structured-incorporation of every energy she’s been acquainted with during her voyages, into her dancing.
This knitting together of cultures into art brought her closer to her own public, be it at home, or abroad.
While assiduity and determination to communicate her passion for music to her audience are the primary driving forces upon which her engrossing performance essentially rests, Hanine’s success as violinist stems not from sheer luck, but from a lifelong dedication to an instrument that shaped her identity with every cord her bow struck…
What begun as a tale of love between a young girl and her instrument soon transpired and soared to heights she had never dared conceived of.
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Croatia has announced that foreign travelers can bypass its COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements, once they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to departure.
Even if they are not vaccinated, visitors can still be admitted under certain conditions. One way is to show proof of negative PCR or antigen results from a COVID-19 test administered no more than 48 hours prior to arrival.
Those entering based on an antigen test must repeat it within 10 days, if they are staying that long.
Those who tested positive for the virus within the previous 180 days are deemed to be exempt from the mandatory testing and self-isolation obligations upon presentation of a certificate of recovery issued by a physician.
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Travelers arriving without any of the above can perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing immediately upon arrival at their own expense, but they must stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result.
If testing cannot be performed, they must stay in self-isolation for a period of 10 days.
Children under seven years old who are accompanied by a parent or guardian are not subject to testing requirements.
It should be noted that those visiting Croatia for vacation purposes need to show confirmation of booked accommodation and fill out an online form before traveling.