June/July 2005


“Feast for Falasteen” A Great Success

Al-Jisser Group, the New York City-based Arab art and culture group, held a fundraiser for the “Made in Palestine” art show on May 16, 2005, at Mamlouk Restaurant in New York. “Feast for Falasteen” featured a full meal at Mamlouk and music by Dhafer Tawil and Johnny Farraj. The restaurant’s doors were opened to Al- Jisser by owner Salam Al-Rawi, who donated the entire proceeds of the evening to support the exhibition. The “Made in Palestine” exhibition, profiled in the May 2005 issue of Al-Awda, features the work of 23 major contemporary Palestinian artists, in Palestine and the diaspora. It was curated by James Harithas of the Station Museum in Houston, Texas, where the show premiered in 2003, exhibiting to an audience of thousands. Many around the country and the world have been working to bring this remarkable exhibition to their cities, and many - as is the case in New York - have seen a chilly reception from traditional galleries and museums. The show has traveled to San Francisco and will soon be exhibited in Vermont. Al-Jisser organizers have raised tens of thousands of dollars to date, but are still working to reach their target, and are planning to open the show in a rented space in New York City in Spring 2006. They are planning several theater events to continue fundraising for the exhibition in coming months. For more information, see http://www.aljisser.org

The Kazbah Project, Nibras and Al Jisser Present:
Acts for Palestine:
A Theatrical Benefit for the “Made in Palestine”

OCTOBER 16 and 17, 2005
at The Blue Heron Theatre
123 East 24th Street
New York, NY 10010

If you need further information, please call or email Nathalie Handal at (T) 1 917 435 0748 (Email) Natalyahandal@aol.com

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