Thank you to all who participated, supported and joined us in our third Olympia Arab Festival, Shuruq!
Friday, October 7th – 5 to 10 pm
Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural
Corner of State St. and Capitol Way
Join us for an evening under the stars as we celebrate Arab-American Art during the Olympia Fall Arts Walk! We’ll feature photographs from Irum Sheikh‘s work entitled Palestinians Envision Life Without Occupation and Middle Eastern treats and Arabic Coffee to warm you up!
Saturday, October 8th – 11 to 5 pm
The Olympia Center: 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia, WA
Don’t forget to Clean your Closet for Syria!
The Salaam Cultural Museum and RCF will host a clothing drive to aid Syrian refugee families forced to flee their homes for safety and security. Bring to the festival clothing in all conditions, accessories, shoes, towels, bedding, and fabric curtains. If you would like to help SCM help the refugees by holding a clothing drive, please contact Rita at 206-545-7307.
Got Kids? We’ll also be having a Children’s Area full of games, coloring, activities, and more!
Learn more about the performers and presenters at Shuruq III, the Olympia Arab Festival, here.
*Disclaimer: The schedule is still subject to change!
|TIME||Mahrajan Al-Arabi Stage
Located in the Main Hall
|Shuruq (Sunrise) Stage
Located in the Senior Center
|Montada (Forum) Stage
*all workshops are located in Room 100, begin on the hour and run for 45min with a possible Q&A
|11:00 AM||Welcome – Sy Khan||
Arabic in 45 Minutes Sally Brownfield & Saif Alsarhani
Student Solidarities Panel
Lucas Ayenew, Shani Banai, Tessa Courtney, Grecia Ramirez Tapia
|12:00 PM||Khaldoun Ramzi||
Children’s Story Time
Maged Zaher, Mo Sati
|12:45 PM||Olympia Mayor Pro Tem: Nathaniel Jones|
Readings for All Ages Nadia Reimer
Arab-American Artists Share their Work
Koloud ‘Kay’ Tarapolsi, Amjad Faur & Irum Sheikh
|2:00 PM||Al-Andalus Ensemble||
Coffee reading and Spiritual Counseling Haifa Sophia
Syria: War, Trauma & Resilience
Ayah Alhamdan & Aram Shahabian
Islamophobia, Anti-Arab Racism, and Political Discourse
Dr. Sarah Eltantawi & Dr. Karam Dana
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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other cosponsors include Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, Jewish Voice for Peace-Tacoma, Veterans for Peace-Rachel Corrie Chapter #1, G.I. Voice, The Mousetrap Fine Cheeses and Delectables, Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and generous individuals.