Traditionally in Morocco the Jewish Moroccans would celebrate Pesach or Passover culiminating in Mimouna, which is like the Rite of Spring (in Iran it's called Nowruz or new year). Prior to the last day of Pesach and the Mimouna celebration, they observe the holiday for a week, and do not eat bread or anything with yeast (thus, no cake, beer etc). At the end of the Passover holiday, everybody gets together to celebrate. Moroccan Muslim neighbors come over with flour, sugar and other ingredients, to make mofletas (large homemade donuts). There is a celebratory table—quite similar to the Iranian Zoroastrian Nowruz table setting, or Haftsin—with items representing the Spring and abundance, like pomegranates, a whole fish, chocolate coins, sweets, fruit and more. Read more about the traditional Mimouna.
Traditional attire welcome (optional), also a full selection of Hamsa (Hand of Fatima) and other evil eye jewelry from Gulnur. Moroccan catering by Bouchra Azizy.
Mimouna: Moroccan Festival is an occasion for us all to be Moroccans, for Arabs, Arab Jews, Jews and their friends to celebrate together. Enjoy the beautiful dance of the striking Rosa Rojas and her group Guedra, with the authentic gnawa music of Youssef Iferd and guest performer Fella Oudane. Everything is included in the price of the ticket: live music, dance, Mimouna table, mofletas, sweets, Moroccan tea and good fortune for the year!
Can street theatre and community murals make a difference? Is this what we mean by "cultural diplomacy"?
The Levantine Cultural Center presents Art and Activism in Bil'in: from Los Angeles to Palestine, an evening of public conversation, photography and art in the context of dialogue and conflict resolution. In October 2014, a team of Los Angeles based-artists formed part of a historic effort in the West Bank village of Bil'in, Palestine, when Imaginaction director Hector Aristizabal brought together an international group of artists and creative activists for an arts residency that engaged hundreds in Bil'in and neighboring villages. Working with local and regional Palestinian cultural leaders, the group engaged community in art and theater workshops that resulted in public performances, large scale puppets and murals painted in collective fashion along roads and buildings.
The group also joined their talents to support Bil'ins emblematic weekly demonstrations. Bil'in is the West Bank village featured in Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's award-winning documentary, 5 Broken Cameras. For over a decade the non-violent protests have become a symbol for Palestinian cultural resistance to the barrier wall that snakes through Bil'in's ancestral olive groves appropriating lands and fortifying the Israeli settlement of Modi'in Illit. During their time in Bil'in. the group witnessed celebration and harvest as well as danger and violence as they worked with the persistent and heroic people of Bil'in.
$10 suggested contribution. Seating limited, reservations strongly advised: 323.413.2001. See below for participant bios.
Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by percussion expert Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, June 14, 2014. Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. Info/reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up. Grab a drum or bring your own and join the fun! Visit carpetconcert.com or rowanstorm.com.
Suggested contribution for two hours is $20.
Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by percussion expert Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, April 12, 2014 (and second Saturdays in May and June). Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. Info/reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up. Grab a drum or bring your own and join the fun! Visit carpetconcert.com or rowanstorm.com.
Suggested contribution for two hours is $20.
We are pleased to present two amazing African maestros, each with their own ensembles, from Zimbabwe and Senegal respectively, mbira master Musekiwa Chingodza and kora master Amadou Fall, who performs with his band, Seneafrica, in a rare African world music concert at the Levantine Cultural Center. Enjoy powerful, intimate performances in a warm, atmosphere surrounded by art, books and colors of the Middle East and North Africa. Tickets for this exclusive presentation are $20. Seating is limited and advance reservations are strongly suggested. Moroccan and Syrian cuisine is available.
Musekiwa Chingodza was born into a family of great mbira players in Mwangara village, Murewa, Zimbabwe. He says, "Our music is both medicine and food, as mbira has the power to heal and to provide for people."
"Synergy! Amadou Fall mesmerizes playing the African Kora."
Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Feb. 8, 2014 (repeats on March 15, 2014). Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. The Levantine Cultural Center is located at 5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035 between La Cienega and Fairfax. Info/reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up. Grab a drum or bring your own and join the fun! Visit carpetconcert.com or rowanstorm.com.
Suggested contribution Part One ~ Basic Lesson: $10. Part Two ~ Rhythm Circle: $10. Suggested contribution for both parts: $15.
Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, Jan. 18, 2013 (repeats on Feb. 8 and March 15, 2014). Beginners welcome.
An evening of Turkish rock, folk and traditional fasil (tavern music) from Turkey spans the European and Asian continents and is a bridge culture between east and west. With Kutsal, co-starring Burak Besir. Kutsal is an Istanbul rocker with four recordings to her credit who also sings local folk/fasil songs; Band Twenty7 is a 3-piece world music/rock band based in Los Angeles that plays modern rock with a fusion of ethnic music influences. The band sings original songs in both English and Turkish and some traditional Turkish cover songs with an added funk rock beat. Kutsal and Twenty7 will rock the house with an acoustic concert. Tickets are $15 ($18 at the door) and include a complimentary glass of arak (raki). Enjoy mezzes and an eclectic menu of Middle Eastern food and drink items in Café Rumi.
"'Arabesque' was out of this world amazing. We enjoyed it very much and can't wait for the encore." —Laila El-Hajoui
"Great event at the Levantine Cultural Center Saturday night...the music took my soul on a beautiful journey." —Nancy Tedder
"Synergy! Amadou Fall mesmerizes playing the African Kora.."
The Levantine Cultural Center presents the much-awaited third edition of Café Arabesque with Al-Fareed of Radio Al-Fareed and his band Bedouin X. The band members are Alfred Madain, David Markowitz, Timothy Maloof, David Martinelli and Ava Nahas. There will be a very special guest performance to open the evening by West African kora player Amadou Fall from Senegal. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for LCC members, students/seniors, $20 at the door. Reserve early, this program will sell out (standing room only in that case): 323.413.2001.