Borders Undone: The Middle East Now Festival in Florence

April 7, 2015 12:57 PM

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Tolerance. Unconditional love. Understanding. Peace. Those are words that seem on a trajectory to certain extinction soon. War, hatred and destruction are all around us, whether we're in the midst of it or sitting at home watching the news. Yet somehow, for a resolute optimist like me, there are signs of hope.

One of the brightest, loudest, flashing neon-style sign that humanity can indeed get along is the upcoming Middle East Now festival in Florence, Italy. Yes, Florence, where that original coming out of the Middle Ages happened hundreds of years ago, is the city I believe could also be at the epicente...

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