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March 7, 2013 - Edmonton, AB
The 2nd Annual Palestinian Bazaar Festival, a first in Canada, brings internationally renowned art and comedians to Edmonton
The Palestinian Bazaar, proudly presented by Humanserve International, has an exciting lineup of films, art exhibits, vendors, performances and family fun. The evening event, Comedy with a Cause brings much-anticipated comedians Maysoon Zayid and Aron Kader, to perform for the first time together in Alberta.
Co-founder and Co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival, Maysoon Zayid is an actress and professional standup comedian who can be seen on Comedy Central's The Watch List, PBS's America at a Crossroads and in Adam Sandler's You Don't Mess With Zohan. One of the first to teach standup comedy in the Middle East, Aron Kader spent years in the legendary sketch theatre The Groundlings Sunday Company and is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.
“We are thrilled to have such world-renowned comedians and artists visiting Edmonton,” says Vanessa Ali, President of Humanserve, “along with the great Edmonton talent showcased, they bring the flair and excitement to our Bazaar — guaranteed to make it a success a second time around! Last year over 1,500 people attended!”
A fashion display along with traditional Arabic music and renowned films will keep families engaged while delicious food from local vendors, Pita Bake and Cedar Sweets, will keep them full during the afternoon. There’s also merchants selling unique Palestinian products like Zatoun Olive Oil as well as international and local exhibitors displaying art and offering a variety of activities for children.
Edmonton’s Ahmed Knowmadic, 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Champion, will be performing poetry alongside local poets, local dance group Al Jabal and eclectic musicians The Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble (MENAME) to kick off the evening event, Comedy with a Cause.
The 2nd Annual Palestinian Bazaar, a full day festival celebrating the cultural richness of the Palestinian People will be held on March 30th, 2013 at the TransAlta Arts Barn, 10330 84 Ave NW. It aims to celebrate the contributions Palestinians make to society through art, film, food, goods, literature and music.
HUMANSERVE INTERNATIONAL, Society for Relief and Development, is a non-profit agency registered with the Government of Alberta and governed by a community-based board of directors. HS works with a number of local and international NGOs providing educational, community health, development and social services in Lebanon and Palestine. We aim to inform the Canadian public about humanitarian aspects in the Middle East and do so through public engagement activities such as The Palestinian Bazaar. These activities link international development with community awareness and education in Canada. By making these links, HS works to facilitate a learning process that will enable Canadians to better understand the nature and importance of global issues while encouraging the appreciation of the culture and talent of the people affected by these issues.
For more info visit humanserve.org/bazaar, www.facebook.com/hsibazaar, @HSIBazaar.
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