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Oregon Arab Festival 2016

AACCO Arab Festival 2016

Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon (AACCO) will be hosting the 6th annual Arab Festival on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 11:00am – 7:00pm at Oaks Amusement Park

Join us as we celebrate with Arab Souq (Bazaar), delicious authentic cuisine, music, dance, poetry and much much more.


Olympia Arab Festival

Olympia Arab Festival

Come celebrate Arab Culture at this family-friendly event featuring Arab artists, educational tables, food, music, and more! The event will take place during Fall Arts Walk at The Olympia Center.

Want to get involved? Help us by being a co-sponsor, vending at the festival or even performing! Visit to find out more!

Want to volunteer?! Head over to our sign-up page,, to find information about all our volunteering opportunities.

For more information visit our website:


A Farewell to the Kouttainays

We are sad to see Abed and Hussniyyeh leave the Seattle area for good.  Both of them have worked so hard on many Arab Center projects, most especially on the biennial Arab Festival, at the Seattle Center.  Furthermore, Abed was president of the board between 2007 and 2009.  Hussniyyeh offered a workshop at the Tacoma Art Museum on teaching Palestinian embroidery to participants.  In addition to her work on ACW projects, she helped further the work of the Palestine Heritage Group that sells Palestinian handicrafts.  She was always ready to bake good things for the various events.  Both of them were actively engaged in the Arab community of Seattle.

The Arab Center Board wishes them all the best of luck in their future residence in Jordan.  We will sorely miss them in Seattle.

Huda Giddens, President,
Board of Arab Center of Washington

In memory of Fathia Attallah

2364423_1413257070.7699[1]We received the sad news Fathia Attallah passed away. Fathia was a chanteuse in the real sense of the word and was deeply committed to her music. She performed at the Arab Fest in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Our condolences go out to her friends and family. Her memorial will be held on November 1st. For more information or if you’d like to contribute towards the expenses related to the memorial, the funeral and eventually sending her body to France. Click here:

Coming This Fall: Arabic Culture Courses!

Arab World Cultures – Edmonds Community College

Course Number: HUM 155T
Class Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 PM – 8:10 PM

Course Description: 

This course is designed to introduce students to Arab World Cultures through their traditions, arts, music, literature, cuisine, history, language, idioms, and social and family values. The course will emphasize understanding of Arab cultures through class materials, discussion, Internet, film and outside activities.

Arabic 1 – Seattle Central College

Course Number: ARAB121
Class Time: Daily, 11:00 AM -11:50 AM

Course Description: 

The purpose of this course is to introduce the learner to basic conversational Arabic, how to read and write as well as some cultural/artistic elements of the Arab World. 

  • For more information on both of these courses, contact Reham Elkhayat at or call (206) 414-6204.  

Vendor Application Available

The Vendor Application for non-food booths is now available on the Arab Festival 2013 page.

Aramco Magazine includes Arab Festival: Naseej on calendar

Arab Festival: Naseej – Weaving the Threads of Arab Culture is now listed in the international publication: Aramco Magazine.  The Festival is included in their calendar of events section.

Everett Community College Offers Arabic!

Fall Quarter: Arabic I is being offered @ Everett Community College!

Class is offered September-December, Monday-Thursday at 8:50-9:50am. Learn to read and write the Arabic script and to speak entry level from introductions, occupations, hobbies, weather, and more.

For more advanced students, Arabic II offered at the same time and place.

All levels, religions, and nationalities welcome!

Credit is transferable.

Textbooks: Alif Baa and Al-Kitaab by Brustad, Georgetown University Press

To register, call: 425-388-9219.

College address: 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201

Be Involved with the 2013 Seattle Arab Festival!

The Arab Center of Washington Board greatly appreciates your willingness to offer your gifts and expertise to bringing about a successful 2013 Arab Festival.  Please carefully consider the options below, where you can volunteer your time and effort.  Without you, there will be no Festival, for it is the dedicated, sustained work of many that produces the wonderful signature event we are so proud of.

The following is a breakdown of the various departments needed to give shape to the Festival.  You might like to take on a variety of tasks, if you feel you can be persistent in their execution.  Or, you might prefer to focus on one type for which you have the appropriate skills.  Be realistic in your choice, for in the end you will have contributed your best for the 2013 Festival.

Please contact Su Nelson at to sign up.


  • individual fund raising
  • grant writing
  • bookkeeping
  • insurance/legal matters
  • seeking sponsors
  • event fund raising (prior to Festival)


  • designing/ printing/distributing flyers and postcards (6 months in advance)
  • designing and printing the Festival program
  • press releases
  • high tech publicity
  • managing the Information booth at the Festival


  • booking performers/lecturers, etc. (starting immediately)
  • planning/executing other shows (e.g. fashion show, food demos, etc.)
  • workshops and exhibits
  • lectures/films
  • children’s activities


  • recruiting /orienting volunteers
  • keeping track of overall Festival operations & supplying volunteers as needed
  • setting up and managing volunteer booth on Festival days
  • sustaining/supporting  volunteers while on the job at the Festival
  • acknowledging/rewarding volunteers’ efforts


  • reflection of overall theme of Festival
  • placement of booths, display cases/dividers
  • making signs & planning signage
  • accommodating booths with electricity & water, if needed


  • soliciting country booths
  • soliciting vendor booths
  • soliciting food booths
  • organizing the coffee shop

It is a massive undertaking.  However, with your help and commitment, we can make it happen.

Thank you VERY much for being willing to help in this wonderfully inclusive cultural event.

~The ACW Board of Directors

A Tribute to the Rachel Corrie Foundation!

A great thanks to the foundation for organizing and funding Olympia’s first ever Arab Festival!  Sharuq (sunrise) was a glorious and shining success!  We’re all looking forward to 2014!