17th Annual Arab Cultural Festival

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AL JUTHOOR ("Roots") is a folkloric dance company founded in January, 2005, in San Francisco, whose mission is to present and preserve Palestinian dance, music, and culture. They perform dabkeh, the indigenous folk dance of the Levant region of the Arab world, which includes Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and portions of Jordan and Iraq. This dance is customarily a part of any social or celebratory event, such as parties and weddings. It is performed as an improvised, communal line dance that young and old take part in, with the leader at the head of the line directing the variations of steps.

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16th Annual Arab Cultural Festival

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Souq el Arabi: 16th Annual Arab Cultural Festival

On October 2nd, San Francisco’s Arab Cultural & Community Center presented our 16th Annual Arab Cultural Festival, the largest celebration of Arab heritage in Northern California.

As October was officially declared Arab Heritage Month by Mayor Gavin Newsome, this event is the perfect forum to come celebrate and learn more about Arab-American culture. This year’s theme is Souq el Arabi and the Festival transformed Union Square into a traditional open market place you would normally only find in the Arab world.

Booth Bazaar includes: Arab cuisine, jewelry, textiles and crafts from the Arab World, Henna tattoos, Children’s Activity booth, informational booths for many Arab organizations, artwork by Arab-American calligraphers, and much more.

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Yassir Chadly has been performing traditional Moroccan music since 1972, first in his native Morocco and then in the United States since 1977. His musical expression ranges from the melodic love songs of the Magreb and Egyptian traditions, to the powerful rhythms of the religious music of the Gnawa, the Sufi musicians originally from sub-Saharan Africa. His varied instruments include the oud (lute), the guenbri (a three-stringed bass-like instrument made from a camel neck), qarqabas (metal clackers from which the castanets are derived), bender, darbukkah, and taarija (percussion instruments native to Morocco).

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15th Annual Arab Cultural Festival

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15th Annual Arab Cultural Festival

October 11, 2009, 12-6 pm

County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 9th and Lincoln

Admission: Adults $6, Children 6-12 $3, under 5 free

On October 11, San Francisco’s Arab Cultural and Community Center presented the 15th Annual Arab Cultural Festival, the largest celebration of Arab heritage in Northern California. Taking place in Golden Gate Park, this event marked the largest celebration of Arab heritage in Northern California.  Enjoyed by Arab and non-Arab audiences of 4000-6000 each year, it celebrates a rich tapestry of performing and visual artists, food, traditional clothing, and other cultural traditions.

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Saadoun Al-Bayati's inspired performances as singer, oudist, and percussionist derive from his experience of Sufi rhythms and meditative states in the Baghdad of his childhood and youth. Quranic recitation prepared his voice to achieve precise gradations of tone. Saadoun has performed the music of Iraq and other parts of the Arab Middle East since childhood. He has performed at concerts and other venues throughout the United States. Samar Al-Bayati Dadah is a gifted percussionist and vocalist who has performed with her father and teacher, Saadoun Al-Bayati, since age twelve. Samar was founding director of the International Drummers for Peace in Orange County -- with 20 drummers of all ages and ethnicities -- and currently leads the Claremont School of Theology drumming group.

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14th Annual Arab Cultural Festival

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14th Annual Arab Cultural Festival

Sunday, August 24, 2008 from 11 am to 6 pm
San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park

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Yasser Darwish was born in Alexandria, Egypt on the coast of the Mediterranean. He learned dance as a child from his uncle who led a semi-professional dance group that performed at weddings and local community events. When he was 18, he studied with the Alexandria Folk Dance Group, the State dance company that offered a training program for promising young dancers. In 2001, Yasser moved to New York. He currently lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with his wife. He can be seen performing/directing dance and musical presentations for public and private cultural events. He works independently and also through professional agents and entertainment companies. He was recently appointed Chairman of the Cultural Branch of the Arabic American Association.

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