Fall Folk Arts 2018: Middle Eastern Traditions in Central NY

Join us on Friday, October 5, from 5-8pm for a celebration of Middle Eastern Traditions in Central NY. This event will feature traditional artists and musicians. Enjoy live music, dancing and food tastings. FREE and open to the public.

The event is organized by consultants Hannah Davis and Nada Odeh. Davis is the Upstate Regional Representative for the New York Folklore Society. Odeh is a Syrian artist who recently earned her master’s degree in museum studies at Syracuse University.

Food will be provided by two people, Nihad Aldwas and Nujoud Makhlouf. Aldwas, who fled Syria for Jordan due to the civil war, is a chef who sells her products in Syracuse. She will be providing flatbread and other traditional foods.

Makhlouf, who grew up in Syracuse, learned cooking craft her Palestinian family and is the chef behind the current incarnation of Onondaga Community College’s With Love Restaurant. The restaurant, on Syracuse’s North Side, features a different national or regional cuisine every six months. Makhlouf will be providing coffee or tea, traditional appetizers, and baklava.

Entertainment will be provided by Ahmad Alkhlef and Forough Jafari. Alkhlef, a traditional oud player and refugee from Syria who fled to Jordan after his home was bombed, will perform 30-minute sets at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. He moved to Syracuse with his family in 2016.

Jafari grew up in Tehran, Iran, and came to Central New York to earn a master of fine arts in user experience design at Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts. She will perform traditional Iranian folk songs at 6:30 p.m.

Odeh will share the story of her 2013 immigration to the United States because of the Syrian war. She’ll speak at 6:15 p.m.

Programming is made possible by Folk Arts grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Folk Arts Saturday: Weaving Demonstration

Visit the Schweinfurth's Maya Textiles and Identity in Guatemala exhibit from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 for a guided tour of the exhibit by curator and Colgate University Professor Carol Ann Lorenz at 2 p.m. and demonstrations of backstrap weaving by Guatemalan native Marines Perez Santos at 1 and 3 p.m. Click here to learn more about the exhibit.

Video from earlier events at the Schweinfurth: