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Eid Around the World
Eid al-Fitr is an important holiday celebrated by Muslims throughout the world. It is the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan. Join us on Saturday, June 24th for a celebration sponsored in partnership The Culture Tree and the Muslim Volunteers for New York. Kinding Sindaw Dance Ensemble rounds off the weekend with a performance and dance workshop.
Sufi Inspired Drumming Circle
Explore musical melodies and rhythms as we work with drums from around the world! Teaching Artist Mustafa Ulmer leads an interactive musical experiences—taking us through the musical expressions performed in Sufi tradition. Mustafa is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, and serves as a Teaching Artist for Midori Friends as well as Accompanist to The Ailey School and Music Director at Cordoba House Sunday School.
Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 11am | All ages| Drop-in
Arabic Calligraphy Workshop
Arabic calligraphy is an art and communication tool that has existed for centuries. Learn about tools used by calligraphers and create your own unique art piece featuring Arabic calligraphy. Yousry Shaikhoun is a graduate of Al-Azhar University in Cairo and has extensive experience teaching Arabic and calligraphy.
Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 11:30 am | 6 & older | Sign-up*
Shapes and Lines: An Exploration of Mosaics and Urdu Script
Create mosaic patterns as you learn about the variety of geometric shapes that make up traditional mosaic designs in Islamic art and architecture. Acclaimed author and Senior Urdu language lecturer at NYU, Tahira Naqvi, helps you complete your masterpiece with your name signed in Urdu script.
Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 11:30 am | 5 & younger | Drop-in
Meet the Author: Ilyas & Duck
Omar S. Khawaja, creator and author of Ilyas & Duck shares his hilarious story of Ilyas and his Duck as they celebrate their own Eid al-Fitr. Learn about Eid’s historic, cultural, and social significance through this interactive performance and story time. Omar received the 2014 and 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for his Ilyas & Duck book series and is the first Muslim children’s book author to receive such a nationally recognized award.
Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 12pm | All ages| Drop-in
Create a Date! : A Culinary Experience
Breaking the daily fast with dates is a Ramadan tradition. Learn about the health benefits of dates and create your own filled date using traditional spices and nuts in this cooking segment with culinary artist Anu Sehgal. Ms. Sehgal is a graduate of Yale University and the founder of The Culture Tree.
Saturday, June 24, 2017| 12:30pm | 6 & older | Sign-up*
Kinding Sindaw Dance Ensemble
Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage explores the unique and rich history of ancestral culture of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Watch as dancers imitate the graceful movements of birds, fish, butterflies, rivers, and streams in this performance and dance workshop. The ancestral tribes who maintained this culture and tradition became Muslim in the 10th to 15th centuries. This Muslim population preserves their ancestral culture even today.
Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 2 & 3pm | All ages | Drop-in
Funding for these programs was made possible by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event