Learn, share, discover! Sample Middle Eastern food, dance to Arab music, play backgammon (a popular game in the Middle East) and engage in the culture through exhibits, films, children’s music and dance workshops and panel discussions on current and historical events and issues. This rich and complex world stretches across 22 countries and two continents. Experience it all at Seattle’s 7th Arab Festival: Al Noor: Illuminating the Faces of Arab Culture on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

The headlining act at the festival, held at the Seattle Center, is the Arabesque Trio, a world-renowned group of musicians who specialize in classical and traditional Arab music. The festival will also host a Freedom Stage where local Arab Americans will speak about the changing Arab world in panel discussions, lectures and stories. The Freedom Stage will feature readings by Remi Kanazi, a poet from New York City who will read from his book, Poetic Injustice, and an Arab Spring Panel Discussion: A Cultural Revolution, with representatives from Syria, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

The festival will host local Arab restaurants and the popular coffee tent with traditional desserts tea, and coffee.

Al Noor (Light): Illuminating the Faces of Arab Culture puts the spotlight on Arabs in America and beyond. The Festal Fabric of America Project asks the question “What does Arab culture look like?” and invites people to think beyond what they know and discover the culture from new perspectives.


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