The conference of the birds


48 radio show

Theme of the festival: Immigration
Theme of the radio: Migration

The conference of the birds refer to a long and celebrated Sufi poem written in Persian by the poet Farid ud-Din Attar.

In the poem, the birds of the world gather to decide who is to be their king, as they have none. The hoopoe, the wisest of them all, suggests that they should find the legendary Simorgh, a mythical Persian bird roughly equivalent to the western phoenix. The hoopoe leads the birds, each of whom represent a human fault which prevents man from attaining enlightenment. When the group of thirty birds finally reach the dwelling place of the Simorgh, all they find is a lake in which they see their own reflection.

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Location: 48 hours Neuk├Âlln Festival in Berlin
Author: Jonathan Frigeri
Contributors: Ergo Phizmiz, Felix Kubin, Taigen Kawabe, David Fenech, Lifeloop, Francesco Cavaliere, Alexandre Joly, Johnny Haway, Liviu Poenaru, Dr. Nezumi…