Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Music, Dance Highlight Syria Fest

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Music, Dance Highlight Syria Fest

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The Syrian Cultural House's second "Syria Fest" in Washington, DC's Freedom Plaza on Sept. 2 drew a large crowd of locals and tourists. The day-long event sought to showcase Syrian food, music, dance, art and history.

The festivities included a myriad of dance styles, including folkloric by Carolina Hernandez, Jerusalem dabke from George Mason University, a Whirling Dervish performed by Adnan Tarakji and Circassian dance by the Narts Ensemble. Ghuydar Bashmaf performed Syrian traditional music, while vocalist and oud player Muath Idriss offered up popular Syrian pop tunes. In addition, the DC Oriental Melodies Ensemble performed traditional Arabic music and dance.

Franz Afraim Katzir, founding director of Sephardic Heritage International DC, drew a large crowd to the Cultural Tent for his talk on "Journeys of Syrian Jews: From Ancient Times Until Today. …

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