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July 21, 2017

After Hours: Arab Festival at Seattle Center

Photo by Arab Center of Washington
Explore music, culture, crafts and food of the Arab world all weekend at Seattle Center.

SEATTLE — The Arab Festival is Saturday and Sunday in Seattle Center Armory, celebrating the music, dance, culture and current influences of the Arab world.

The Iraqi Dabke Group will perform folkloric dance at 3 p.m. Saturday on the Armory Stage, and Afifi Durr will hold a storytelling workshop at 3 p.m. Sunday. Other local performers will include the George Sedak Trio, Dahlia Moon and Shahrazad Dance Ensemble, guitarist-singer Ghassan AlQaisy, swing guitarist Tarik Bentlemsani and Naseem Band.

There will be craft activities and an Arabic drum workshop for children and families, and an Arab marketplace will be open throughout the festival.

A press release from Seattle Center said the festival was organized after the first Persian Gulf War to show the diversity, talent and accomplishments of Arabs and Arab Americans. This is one of 24 ethnic cultural festivals held at the center every year.

Information about the Arab Festival is at http://www.arabcenterwa.org, http://www.seattlecenter.com or at (206) 684-7200.

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