The Vendor Application for non-food booths is now available on the Arab Festival 2013 page.
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.
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 et.al., Georgetown University Press
To register, call: 425-388-9219.
College address: 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
- individual fund raising
- grant writing
- insurance/legal matters
- seeking sponsors
- event fund raising (prior to Festival)
MARKETING AND PUBLICITY:
- 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
- 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
OVERALL FESTIVAL LAYOUT:
- 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 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!
Wonder what we have been up to? ACW has been re-organizing and re-vamping our exciting mission to build bridges and better serve the Washington community (Arab and non-Arab alike). With our exciting new 501-c3 status we hope to further serve you by partnering with other non-profit organizations in the area, supporting our local colleges in offering Arabic programs, and creating events that show the holistic, hospitable culture of the Middle East. Stay with us – we’ll get there together!
The much anticipated Program Guide for the 2011 Arab Festival is here! Be sure to check it out so you don’t miss all your favorites, and keep coming back to the website for updates and features on your favorite performers and artists!
The Arabesque Trio, featuring Moroccan-born qanun performer Hicham Chami, Arab-Israeli violinist Hanna Khory and Syrian-born percussionist Hafez El Ali Kotain, will be headlining at the 7th annual Arab Festival on October 8th and 9th at Seattle Center.
The performance will take place at the Mahrajan Stage in Fischer Pavilion on Saturday, October 8th from 3:30-5:00 pm. The trio will deliver an Arabic Music workshop on the Freedom Stage on Sunday, October 9th from 1:15-2:00 pm. The trio is dedicated to increasing understanding of Arab culture through the universal language of music.
Moroccan-born Qanun player Hicham Chami is an educator, a musician and a graduate of the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Rabat, Morocco. Chami is founder and Executive Director of the Arabesque Music Ensemble as well as the Arabesque Foundation for Arab Culture, an organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of classical Arabic, Turkish and Armenian Music.
Arab-Israeli violinist Hanna Khoury graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a bachelor’s in Economics and Music Performance, and obtained his Master’s in Music from Temple University. As Artistic Director of the Arabesque Music Ensemble, he has led several nation-wide tours, performing traditional Arabic music in major venues and universities. Khoury recently toured with Lebanese superstar Fairuz and can be heard on several pop recordings including the Grammy-nominated song “Beautiful Liar” (featuring Beyonce and Shakira), and “Love and Compassion” (with Paula Cole and Kazem Al-Saher). Khoury recorded strings for Shakira’s Grammy performance of “Hips Don’t Lie”.
Syrian born, Venezuelan raised percussionist Hafez El Ali Kotain is an accomplished master percussionist, fluent in both Arab and Latin rhythms. He began playing the doumbek at the age of seven, made his first stage performance at nine, and went on to study with master Syrian percussionist Hady Jazan; winning the regional percussion competitions in Syria for five consecutive years. In Venezuela, he studied percussion at the TMV Institute for Music in Valencia, where he also taught middle- and high school students for several years a variety of percussion styles, blending Arab and Latino music.