Portland Mid East Camp
The Portland Oregon Middle Eastern music and bellydance scene has been growing and blossoming, especially in the last ten years. Artists from around the country (and the world) have been feeling the call of the water, of the green forests, of the community of artists in this lovely region, and it is time for our own Northwest Mid Eastern music and dance camp, Portland style! How fitting, in this green city, to have an ecological theme, paying homage to the Earth that all cultures share.
The Portland Mid East Camp is a three-day event at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley (10 miles from Portland's center) which includes music and dance classes from world-renowned teachers in Mid Eastern maqam, percussion, violin, nay, kanun, oud, keyboard, music history, traditional folk dance, and belly dance styles including Cabaret, Tribal, 70s Style, ritual and fusion. There will be two full days of classes as well as three nights of concerts and dance parties. Dancer signups each night will give dancers the opportunity to dance with an authentic live band! Priority for dancer sign-ups will be given to 3-day pass-holders.
Food will be available for purchase (reasonably priced, under $10 per meal) by local sustainable/organic vendors. There will also be sustainable living vendors as well as music and dance accessory vendors. Accommodations are field and forest Gypsy Village camping spaces and a limited number of RV spaces.
This camp is an event that not only connects us to an ancient and primal sacred dance/music ritual, but also opens and enlightens us culturally. At a time when many of the Mid Eastern arts are being destroyed in the Mid East (as we speak!!) both by wars and by ignorance, we have this chance to celebrate the beauty of these art forms and support the artists who are keeping them alive outside the war zones.
Come camp with us, dance all day and night, enjoy organic/sustainable food and lovely people!!
More info is available at www.portlandmideastcamp.com
June 20 - 23, 2013
Camp begins Thursday the 20th with load in and camp set up between noon and 5 pm. Then we'll all have dinner around 6, then the opening concert and dance show around 8 pm, featuring all the star lineup of dancers and musicians. Classes will be Friday and Saturday from 10 am until 6pm, with time for lunch in the middle of the day, dinner at 6 and concert and dance party at 8pm until LATE. Sunday we'll have some sort of morning festivity with brunch, then tear down camp and say our goodbyes. There are 4 class times per day, 1.5 hours each. Each time slot there are 2 dance class choices and 2 music class choices. Camp attendees can therefore max out at 6 hours of class each day, 12 hours total, with world traveled and renowned master dancers and musicians!!
Pendarvis Farm (15 minutes from downtown Portland)
16581 SE Hagen Rd., Happy Valley, OR. (971) 404-9095
Teacher lineup includes Dr. Alfred Gamil from Egypt (Arabic violin and maqam), Lee Ali from Los Angeles (authentic 70s style belly dance, ritual and MORE), Karim Nagi (Folkloric dance, debke, percussion and Sargat - zills), Sedona Soulfire from Portland (Egyptian-Turkish-American Cabaret, fusion), Mardi Love from the Indigo (Tribal Fusion), Faisal Zedan from the Bay Area (percussion), Ishmael from Northern California (Arabic kanun), Michael Nageub (Nay and Arabic keyboard), Nabeel Ebeid from New York (Arabic oud and keyboard).
Please see prices listed above. Prices are for adults and children over 12. Children under 12 are free with a participating adult.
Group discounts are available if your students or friends want to form groups and register together: 10% off for groups of 10 or more, 15% off for 15 or more, 20% for 20. Contact us for the discount code.
If you are registered and your friends register too (and mention your name) you both will receive an additional $10 food voucher. Max 8 per person, not valid with group discount.
Ticket prices do not cover food. Food is reasonably priced (less than $10 per person per meal) and is provided by local/sustainable/organic vendors. There will be dedicated veggie/vegan booths, as well as gluten-free options. Please bring your own plates, cups, bowls, utensils or use those from the farm kitchen. There will be dishwashing stations. Showers, cell-phone charging stations and filtered water stations will be available at no cost.
If you are interested in vending (music, dance or sustainability related items) please contact email@example.com
Teacher/performer lineup includes....
Dr. Alfred Gamil from Egypt (Arabic violin and maqam)
Lee Ali from Los Angeles (authentic 70s style belly dance, ritual and MORE)
Karim Nagi (Folkloric dance, debke, percussion and Sargat - zills)
Mardi Love from the Indigo (Tribal Fusion)
Ishmael from Northern California (Arabic kanun)
Sedona Soulfire from Portland (Cabaret fusion, Sacred)
Faisal Zedan from the Bay Area (percussion)
Michael Nageub (Nay and Arabic keyboard)
Nabeel Ebeid from New York (Arabic oud and keyboard)
Pendarvis Farm (View)
16581 SE Hagen Rd.
Happy Valley, OR 97086
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