FREE EVENT – Collecting donations for Syria & Türkiye earthquake relief
Radwa Egyptian Folk Dance
Radwa Nasr is the artistic director of “Egyptian Folk Dance Academy” in Calgary, Canada’s premier source of Egyptian Folklore. She is a native Egyptian dancer, who grew up in rich cultural and historical environment of metropolitan Cairo. Radwa was trained and mentored by Master teachers (Reda Troupe), a famous dance troupe in Egypt. Radwa established “Egyptian Folk Dance Academy” in 2019 to introduce the authentic Egyptian folk dances to the Canadian community.
Zaffe and Dabke Group – Dabke is a Levantine Arab folk dance, popular in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Dabke combines circle dance and line dancing and is widely performed at weddings and other joyous occasions.
Aya Mhana Duo
Aya Mhana is a Syrian-born singer, songwriter and oud player. Now a proud Canadian citizen, A student, a worker and a mom. Since emigrating to Calgary, Canada, in 2016, Aya has performed at the Calgary Stampede, Globalfest, Folkfest 2021, and with the Kensington Sinfonia.
Hailing from Sweida, she taught herself to play the oud (a string instrument similar to the lute) during high school and graduated from the University of Damascus with a degree in education. She volunteered with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, working with families displaced during the Syrian war.
Inspired by her volunteer work, Aya used her music to explore the human capacity for hope during wartime and performed her compositions in her home city. In Canada, she translates the rich culture of her homeland for audiences who often know little of Syria, but are eager to embrace her soulful melodies.
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Contemporary dance and physical theatre collective based in Calgary
Aaliya Basheer – Henna Artist
Aaliya is a professional henna artist based in Calgary, who will be available to give free henna tattoos. She has worked on North Indian style, modern and intricate henna designs back in her home country. The styles in Arabic designs inspired me when I moved to Saudi Arabia. From then, I started to do Arabian designs with henna. She enjoys doing elegant Arab designs such as flowers, leaves, and vines, as well as Arabic calligraphy names and some portraits.