Past Workshops and Classes
The Center for Arabic Culture is proud to host a wide variety of cultural workshops and classes.
Topics range from dance and music classes to calligraphy and cooking.
Below are some examples of events we have held in the past.
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To view our cultural offerings from Summer 2014, CLICK HERE
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To view our Youth Theater Project from Winter 2013, CLICK HERE
Cook with CAC!
Join the CAC for its NEW Cooking Classes! Enjoy Home Style Authentic Cooking and My Grandma Recipes that you cannot find at any culinary school. Class taught by Mr. Majd Karkour.
It is a Prepare and Learn session! During class all participants will taste the authentic food made by the cook and then taste their own!
Class will not be stuffed like a “stuffed zucchini”!
Hurry! Limited seats!
201 Somerville Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
Come and enjoy while learning how to prepare your meal! It is a stress free environment where all participants will get the maximum attention to master their skills.
Both sessions will focus on Middle Eastern appetizers like Tabouleh, Baba Ghannouj, Mohamara, Foul mdammas, Mujaddara and much more!
Each class will contain a short power point presentation to talk about the cultural background of Middle Eastern cooking followed by Hands-on preparation for each recipe and finally eating and celebrating the sweet taste of success!
Registration fee: $30/ person
Afternoon Summer Movie Club at the CAC
Watch movie, serve tea/coffee & dessert, discussion to follow!
Join us for a compelling film featuring the Middle East.
Free and open to the public. $5 suggested donation.
All films will be screened at CAC, 191 Highland Avenue, 6B, Somerville, MA
The film will be followed by a discussion lead by Dr. Wael Kamal, Egyptian film-making professor and Founding Director of the Digital Media Program at UMass Lowell.
In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the Revolution Studios in Damascus, Syria. They have never met each other because of the occupation of the area by Israel since 1967; when Mona moves to Syria, she will lose her undefined nationality and will never be allowed to return home. Mona’s father Hammed is a political activist pro-Syria that is on probation by the Israeli government. His older son Hatten married a Russian woman eight years ago and was banished from Majdal Shams by the religious leaders and his father. His brother Marwan is a wolf trader that lives in Italy. His sister Amal has two teenager daughters and has the intention to join the university, but her marriage with Amin is in crisis. When the family gathers for Mona’s wedding, an insane bureaucracy jeopardizes the ceremony.
Saudi Arabian–German film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. It is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and is the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. It has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. The film was selected as the Saudi Arabian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards but it was not nominated. It was the first time Saudi Arabia submitted a film for the Best Foreign Language Oscar
An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour (as Haifaa Al Mansour)
Writer: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Registration fee: 150/ student (5 Weeks)
This class is designed for both beginners and intermediate level students. Students will get introduced to Arabicmusic by learning the Arabic scales “Makamat” through playing musical compositions. They will also have brief look at the history and the importance of the Oud in Mid-Eastern Music. In addition, students will learn how to hold the instrument and the pick, the positioning and understanding of the quarter tone, and how to tune the strings.
About the instructor: Nabil Ata was born in Lebanon and immigrated to Massachusetts in March, 1973. He has been focusing on singing the classics in the Arabic language, like “Mouwashahaat and Adwaar.” He established “Tarab Chrous” in 1997.
To purchase Oud:
165 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478 (617) 489-1254
Registration fee: 150/ student (4 weeks)
Rhythms of the East Take a journey through Eastern rhythms thought learning the Arabic and Middle Eastern percussions Tabla (drum) Daff / Riqq (Tambourine) and Mazhar.
This class will expose students to distinct Middle Eastern and Arabic Rhythms, instruments and musical stylings. During the lesson, student will have the chance to play along with other instruments in a band style. Students will also gain great insight to the history and cultural relevance of the songs, instruments and style of music and the relation between the percussion instrument and the Arabic and Eastern music.
To purchase Tabla:
Raks Sharqi (Belly Dance) Classes at the CAC
Shadia Tohme Biography:
SHADIA has enjoyed a celebrated 40 year career teaching and performing dance in professional settings throughout United States, Canada, South America and Central America. Shadia’s popularity with diverse audiences of Middle Eastern descent comes from her strong foundation and expertise in both folkloric and classical training. ~ Phasing out her dance classes by 2015 so that she can expand on her new online boutique, Shadiacostumedesign.com, these classes present a valuable opportunity to study with an international beloved artist.
Will build a solid foundation in “Raks Sharki” (Belly Dance) through good form, knowledge of music, and movement. Class will end with impromptu dance from steps learned in class but more importantly for the joy of dancing! Elements of the roots of BD will be included in each class.
Bring 3 yard chiffon veil.
Coast: $120/ Session
Review of foundation movements starts each class and then we will move onto putting a dance together (either a loosely structured routine or choreography). Introduction of Arabic rhythms and sagat (finger cymbals) will be introduced. Elements of the roots of BD will be included in each class.
Bring finger cymbals and 3 yd. Chiffon veil
Coast: $180/ Session