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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

The 2011 Arab Festival Program Guide!

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 at the 2011 Arab Festival

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.


The 2011 Arab Festival Poster and Postcards!

The Arab Festival 2011 is pleased to unveil this years’ poster and postcard, designed by our wonderful volunteer Abdul Hawasli. Please join ACW and the Arab Festival in thanking him for all his work on these lovely works of art!
















Festival Update – Remi Kanazi, the Arab Suite, and so much more!

Festival Update

In addition to the Arabesque Trio mentioned in the last newsletter, Arab Festival Al-Noor will also feature a performance and workshop by young Palestinian-American poet Remi Kanazi of New York City. He’ll be bringing copies of his new book Poetic Injustice.

NEW this year: instead of individual “country booths” the festival will have an Arab Suite! This will include the Freedom Stage, which will feature a variety of panel discussions, lectures, stories and presentations by local Arab Americans. The Arab Suite will be dressed in Arab Décor with highlights from different countries, symbolizing our unity. Guests will have opportunity to get to know who the Arab’s really are over tea/coffee and sweets, by meeting us and having meaningful conversations. The Arab Suite will be housed in Seattle Center’s Pavillion B, which is next to the new skateboard park.

This promises to be a truly inspirational festival. To learn more and get involved, please join us at the programming meeting this Saturday, July 30th, from 11am -1pm at Seattle Center, Center House Room 311.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, but want to volunteer, please email volunteer (at) arabcenterwa (dot) org

Festál Fabric of America Project: E=mc2!

The Arab Festival 2011 is excited to announce its participation in the Festál Fabric of America Project: E=mc2! FFAP: E=mc2 (Engaging through Media spreading Culture at the speed of light) is the participatory art project that lets you express your passion, your pride, and your point of view on ethnicity and cultural heritage in 2011.


Our question “What does Arab culture look like?” invites you to move beyond the stereotypes and appreciate Arab Culture in all of its depth and diversity.

Create an image by answering our question through images, symbols, and words, then submit it! Share with people from all walks of life and backgrounds in drawing a complex yet meaningful picture of Arab Culture. Define Arab Culture and what matters to you!

Visit the FFAP Facebook page to check out the project, and upload your images to the Arab Festival Festal Project website!