The Ithaca World Arts Organization celebrates cultural diversity with its Bedouin Folk Arts Festival, to be held Oct. 22-24. The event features two music programs, one Friday and one Saturday night, by Palestinian master oudist and vocalist Naser Musa, accompanied by percussion masters Egyptian Karim Nagi Mohammed and local musician Nikolai Ruskin. The Friday concert will be a musical presentation of Bedouin music and the Saturday concert will be a full concert of Arabian Gulf Music hosted by WVBR's live radio broadcast Crossing Borders.
Other events of the weekend include a Bedouin loom weaving workshop by Joy Hilden, “Rhythms of the Desert” percussion workshop by Karim Nagi Mohammed, and a Bedouin dance workshop for women.
Two lecture/slide presentations will be presented on Bedouin arts, the first by Joy Hilden titled “Bedouin loom weaving: Methods and Function,” and the second by John Topham, titled “Traditional Crafts of Saudi Arabia.”
Most events will be held at the Women's Community Building, 100 Seneca Street, Ithaca,
with two exceptions. The Saturday, Oct. 23, concert will be at the Carriage House Café, 305 Stewart Ave, broadcast live at 8 p.m. on WVBR's “Crossing Borders” Radio Show; the Sunday Loom weaving workshop will occur at the Community School of Music and Arts.
The schedule of events is below:
Friday, Oct. 22 (tickets at the door, $10)
Location: Women's Community Building, 100 Seneca St., Ithaca
6:30 – 7 p.m.: Opening reception with light Middle Eastern cuisine served
7 – 7:10 p.m.: Introduction to the Ithaca World Arts Alliance
7:10 – 8 p.m.: Bedouin Loom Weaving: Methods and function by Joy Hilden
8:10 – 9 p.m.: Traditional Crafts of Saudi Arabia by John Topham
9:15 -10:15 p.m.: Discussion of aspects of Arab and Bedouin music
Saturday, Oct. 23
Location: Women's Community Building (except concert)
10 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.: Workshop on Bedouin loom weaving, beginner level. This class is required if participants wish to take the Sunday workshop; $50
3 – 4:30 p.m.: Rhythms of the Desert Workshop, all levels, percussion instruments provided; $20
5 – 6:30 p.m.: Bedouin Dance Workshop (for women only); $20
8 – 10 p.m.: Concert: Music of the Khaliji/Arabian Gulf, 305 Stewart Ave; $10
Sunday, Oct. 24
Location: Community School of Music and Arts, 330 State Street
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Workshop on Bedouin loom weaving; $80, participants will take their loom home