Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

ArabEidFest Entertains and Informs

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

ArabEidFest Entertains and Informs

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Washington, DC-area Muslims and friends headed out to Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA on Sept. 26 and 27, right after Eid-al-Adha, to enjoy two full days of entertainment and family time. Sudanese, Egyptian, Lebanese, Iraqi, Moroccan and Palestinian singers, dancers and musicians performed as festival-goers sat on the grass or at picnic tables overlooking the stage. Moroccan superstar Mohamed Reda and other singers wowed their fans, who braved unseasonably cool and dreary weather to celebrate their musical heritage.

"I drove and drove. I felt like I was driving to Woodstock," said Warren David, president of Arab America, comparing ArabEidFest to the legendary '60s music festival. He and others, including the Washington Report's Middle East Books and More, staffed a windy tent city of booths offering food, clothes, opportunities to donate aid to humanitarian organizations, and political and cultural information. …

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