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The 18th Annual Arab Cultural Festival

Event date:
Saturday, 06 October 2012
Event End Date:
Saturday, 06 October 2012

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San Francisco's Union Square transforms into an Arab bazaar for one Saturday every year, offering food, games and entertainment to the whole family.

The Arab Cultural Festival is the largest celebration of Arab arts and culture in Northern California. Since 1995, this day-long event has showcased the arts, entertainment, cuisine, traditions, and, most importantly, the spirit of Arab Americans and of the Arab world. On the stage at the center of the booth bazaar, performers will present Arab music and dance from across America and the Arab world.  

We need volunteers more than ever to help make our Festival a success!

Click here to sign up to volunteer!

 

 

19th Annual Arab Cultural Festival

Event date:
Saturday, 05 October 2013
Event End Date:
Saturday, 05 October 2013

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San Francisco's Union Square transforms into an Arab bazaar for one Saturday every year, offering food, games and entertainment to the whole family. This year's theme is a celebration of the Golden Era of Arab Music!

The Arab Cultural Festival is the largest celebration of Arab arts and culture in Northern California. Since 1995, this day-long event has showcased the arts, entertainment, cuisine, traditions, and, most importantly, the spirit of Arab Americans and of the Arab world. On the stage at the center of the booth bazaar, performers will present Arab music and dance from across America and the Arab world.  

 

 

Winter Wonderland Party

Event date:
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Event End Date:
Saturday, 17 December 2011

Join the ACCC for an afternoon of holiday delights
and fun for children of all ages Suggested Donation: $10

Featuring:
  • Arts & crafts activities for kids, including gingerbread cookie and house decorating
  • Story time
  • Games
  • A Live Elf doing face painting and balloons for the kids
  • Yummy holiday desserts, snacks & beverages
  • More to be announced!

Please RSVP at 415-664-2200 ext.16 or email events@arabculturalcenter.org by Wednesday, December 14th to guarantee there are enough arts & crafts for all the children.
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MECA and Joining Hands' 9th Annual Palestinian Bazaar

Event date:
Sunday, 04 December 2011
Event End Date:
Sunday, 04 December 2011

Beautiful Hand-Crafted Gifts

Bring your friends! Grab a bite of delicious Arabic food and coffee --

Benefits Palestinian craftspeople

Come shop at this popular annual sale of beautifully crafted items:

Olive wood, First Cold Press Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Pure Olive Oil Soap, Beautiful

Scarves & Shawls (new styles!), Traditional Embroidery, Hand-blown Glassware

from Hebron, Colorful Hand woven rugs, Ceramics from Jerusalem & Gaza,

Cookbooks, Children's books, Calendars, Honey, Jewelry, Children's clothing,

Dolls from Gaza, food items and more! New this year—Palestinian Dead Sea

Products.

This is a great opportunity to buy something quite special -- and also support cooperative unions and crafts people living under Israeli Occupation.

ACCC Holiday Reception and Open House

Event date:
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Event End Date:
Thursday, 15 December 2011

Music, food and conversation at the Arab Cultural and Community Center


The staff and board of the ACCC invite all community members, their friends and families to our Holiday Reception and Open House on Thursday, December 15th from 7:00 to 9:30 pm.

The evening will feature a performance by the beloved, local Georges Lammam ensemble:

Georges_Lammam_2From Beirut to the San Francisco Bay, Georges Lammam has transported a pure expression of Arab culture through his soulful violin. As artistic director of the Georges Lammam Ensemble, noted for its awe-inspiring presentations of a panoramic range of the Arab musical repertoire, Georges is devoted to bringing the rich diversity and passions of Arabic music to listeners everywhere. For more information, visit his website at http://www.georgeslammam.com.

Come learn what the ACCC has been up to this year and find out how you can get involved in our events, programming and outreach.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Marcel Khalife in Concert

Event date:
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Event End Date:
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Individual Price:
20.00

The Arab Cultural and Community Center and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (UCB) Present:

Marcel Khalife:

Fall of The Moon-Hommage to The Poet Mahmoud
Darwish and a Salute to the Arab Spring

Purchase your tickets today from Brown Paper Tickets!

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Contact:

Leena Barakat (415) 664-2200 ext. 10
or Nadine Ghammache (510) 394-2417

Buy tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/202616

Ticket prices range from $20 to $80 depending on seating.
(Please disregard base ticket price below!)


AROC Membership meeting with Al Shimma Helmy

Event date:
Thursday, 08 December 2011
Event End Date:
Thursday, 08 December 2011

Ahlan! During this month AROC's membership meeting, will have an intimate discussion with a sister from Egypt, Al Shimma Helmy, please join!

Also, translation support is needed to help make these meetings a more bilingual space! Please let me know if you would like to assist!

please rsvp to miriam@araborganizing.org if you can make it.

Thursday December 8th, 2011

6:30-8:30 pm

Potluck Style

522 Valencia at 16th St, SF

Agenda

6:30-7:20 Political Education: Egyptian Revolution and what is our role as Arab-Americans: Intimate conversation with Al Shimaa Helmy, an Egyptian activist from Cairo, Egypt.

7:20-7:50 Language Access Campaign: Updates and Tasks

-Research

-Graphic/Materials

-Outreach

7:50-8:15 Occupy/Liberate Oakland/SF

- Tear Gas campaign

- Intifada tent

8:15-8:30 Announcements and Coalition Work Updates -Coalition for Safe SF

-Zeit o Zaatar series

Adult Arabic Classes - Intro to MSA

Event date:
Monday, 13 February 2012
Event End Date:
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Cut off date:
Friday, 10 February 2012
Individual Price:
250.00

Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic - Adult class

Starting February 13th for 11 weeks (ends April 25th, 2012)

Mondays and Wednesdays at the ACCC from 6:30PM-8:30PM

Price: General $ 250, ACCC Members and Students $220

Learn Arabic at the ACCC with an experienced teacher and participate in the most affordable Arabic Language program in the Bay Area! Taught by Nasser Al-Khoury, a UC Berkeley lecturer in Arabic, the twice-weekly course will cover the basics of Modern Standard Arabic, using the famous texts Alif Baa (3rd edition) and Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya (2nd edition). Call the center for more information. Space is limited so register early! 

Zeit & Za'atar Mural Painting

Event date:
Saturday, 07 January 2012
Event End Date:
Saturday, 07 January 2012

The ACCC & AROC are coming together again for a third in a series of eight community events Zeit & Za'atar: combining the arts and social justice.

With the help of our Arab community we would like you to participate in brainstorming and... painting a mural! The mural will highlight our stories and collective experiences as Arabs living in the United States. 

ACCC General Election Meeting

Event date:
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Event End Date:
Wednesday, 25 January 2012

This has been a big year for elections in the Arab World! Your presence is requested in our own upcoming elections for the ACCC's next Executive Committee and Board.

All are welcome to come. In order to vote, you must have been an ACCC member in 2011. In order to run, you must have signed up for membership before January 25th of 2011. To find out about your membership start date, contact Weyam Ghadbian.

Youth Arabic Classes

Event date:
Saturday, 07 January 2012
Event End Date:
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Individual Price:
155.00

Sign up now for 11 sessions of Modern Standard Arabic classes (written and spoken) for youth (ages 5-16)!

DATES: Every Saturday beginning January 7th-March 17th

TIME: 11 am - 2 pm

TUITION: $155 per student for non-members (with $15 off for each subsequent child) and $140 per student for ACCC members

To register, fill out an application online.

Youth Arabic Classes

Event date:
Sunday, 08 January 2012
Event End Date:
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Individual Price:
155.00

Sign up now for 11 sessions of Modern Standard Arabic classes (written and spoken) for youth (ages 5-16)!

DATES: Every Saturday beginning January 7th-March 17th

TIME: 11 am - 2 pm

TUITION: $155 per student for non-members (with $15 off for each subsequent child) and $140 per student for ACCC members

To register, fill out an application online.

Youth Arabic Classes

Event date:
Saturday, 14 January 2012
Event End Date:
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Individual Price:
155.00

Sign up now for 11 sessions of Modern Standard Arabic classes (written and spoken) for youth (ages 5-16)!

DATES: Every Saturday beginning January 7th-March 17th

TIME: 11 am - 2 pm

TUITION: $155 per student for non-members (with $15 off for each subsequent child) and $140 per student for ACCC members

To register, fill out an application online.

Youth Arabic Classes

Event date:
Saturday, 07 January 2012
Event End Date:
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Individual Price:
155.00

Sign up now for 11 sessions of Modern Standard Arabic classes (written and spoken) for youth (ages 5-16)!

DATES: Every Saturday beginning January 7th-March 17th

TIME: 11 am - 2 pm

TUITION: $155 per student for non-members (with $15 off for each subsequent child) and $140 per student for ACCC members

It's not too late to fill out an application online.

Embodying Community Safety through Dance: ft. Leyya Tawil

Event date:
Saturday, 04 February 2012
Event End Date:
Saturday, 04 February 2012

Join us for this exciting fourth event in our Zait wa Zaatar arts and social justice workshop series! Guest speakers will lead a discussion on how safety and violence is experienced by our (Arab) communities, how it impacts us, and how it can be addressed through the medium of dance. Leyya Tawil will perform, discuss her dance empowerment work locally and in the Arab World and lead an optional movement practice!

Debka Dance Classes at the ACCC

Event date:
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Event End Date:
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Individual Price:
115.00

Learn Debka at the ACCC

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About the Course:

The ACCC's Debka course is open to any Arab and non-Arab community members interested in learning how to dance debka and learning about the art form! The early classes will begin with oral history about debka as an intrinsic part of Arab societies, identity, practices and in some cases cultural survival by course instructor and guest lecturers.

Course instructor Jehad Al Shamarkheh will discuss where, how, why, and when debka is practiced in the Arab world with an emphasis on refugee camps in Palestine. The instructor will also allow the students to explore variations of the dance and music it is customarily practiced with through examining a diverse array of videos covering Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, and Jordan. Students will also participate in interactive workshops discussions about art and culture as an intrinsic part of individual and collective identities which will enhance their knowledge and appreciation for debka.

The course will begin by teaching students basic techniques and steps customarily a part of any improvised or staged version of the dance. By week three and four students will begin learning a dance with a story line choreographed by the instructor which they will complete by the end of the 11 week course.

Ages 15 and up

Fees: General $115, Members/Students: $100

Students can enroll by emailing the ACCC at info@arabculturalcenter.org or calling us at 415-664-2200.

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5th Annual Bay Area Women's Conference

Event date:
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Event End Date:
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Individual Price:
25.00

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Join us for this year's Arab Women’s Conference which connects Arab Women’s revolutionary work in our homelands with Arab women’s art and activism locally!

Community Appreciation Dinner

Event date:
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Event End Date:
Saturday, 25 February 2012

The ACCC says thank you to its Community. Join us for dinner and a musical performance by the Aswat Ensemble!

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Gender & Sexism Comedy Improv Workshop

Event date:
Saturday, 03 March 2012
Event End Date:
Saturday, 03 March 2012


zait_wa_zaatarJoin hosts AROC & ACCC for this next amazing event in the Zeit & Zataar arts and social justice series. Focused on creating dialogue around Arab identities, gender and sexism, through connecting and growing as a community with a theater and comedy emphasis, this interactive writing workshop facilitated by Jennifer Jajeh and Basel Naffouri will include improvisation and should not me missed!

Why Muslim Women are Reinterpreting the Quran

Event date:
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Event End Date:
Thursday, 29 March 2012

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Join us at the ACCC for a thought provoking presentation and discussion with Cornell University's research fellow, Nimat Hafez Barazangi on why Muslim/Arab Women are reinterpreting the Quran.

Summary: Muslim/Arab women have remained a passive force in changing the reality of the approximately 800 million Muslim/Arab women and the prevailing unjust practices in Islamic/Arabic thought. By reflecting on some historical reform movements, Nimat will use examples from contemporary events to argue that passive views and unjust practices concerning Muslim/Arab women remain because the premises and foundations of reform have not changed.

Nimat Hafez Barangi is a research fellow at Cornell University. Her forthcoming book: Woman's Identity and the Qur'an: A New Reading (The University Press of Florida, December 2004) was labeled by one of the reviewers as "the most radical book in the last 14th centuries of Islam". She edited Islamic Identity and the Struggle for Justice (University Press of Florida 1996, 2000) translated into Arabic, Dar Al Fikr, 1999) in which she also contributed "Vicegerncey and Gender Justice, and has published about thirty articles, essays, and book reviews.