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Alwan for the Arts

New York, NY

Alwan for the Arts began in 1998, when a small group of artists, filmmakers, musicians and graduate students%u2014mainly of Arab origin%u2014decided to organize public events in New York to showcase the arts of the Arab world at a time when the city lacked cultural programming to reflect the artistic diversity and dynamism of the region.  In the wake of 9/11, spurred by an increased sense of urgency about the need for cross-cultural dialogue, Alwan rapidly expanded its activities, reaching new audiences and forming alliances beyond the Arab community.

In 2003, Alwan moved into a loft space in downtown Manhattan to establish the city%u2019s first permanent home for cultural events related to the greater Middle East and its diasporas. An initial series of ad hoc film screenings and musical performances evolved quickly into a diverse calendar of events, including music, dance and theater performances; literary readings; film festivals; and panel discussions on wide-ranging topics related to art, culture and current affairs. Alwan%u2019s growth was exponential, from just 9 events in 2003 to 52 in 2006, and averaging 100 a year since 2007. The intimate loft setting and unique programming earned Alwan a reputation among its followers as a %u201Chidden gem,%u201D where audiences could meaningfully engage with presenters.


RAJAS: led by Rajna Swaminathan

May 28, 2016 8:00 PM

RAJAS is a project that brings together contemporary musicians from the Indian classical and jazz/creative music scenes in New York City.
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Innov Gnawa at Alwan for the Arts

June 02, 2016 8:00 PM

Innov Gnawa will be performing a Chaabana, which is a lila" that takes place during the month of Chaaban, of the Islamic calendar, which precedes the fasting month of Ramadan. For the Gnawa, Ramadan is so sacred that only silence, solitude and contemplation are what could be in deference to it, making a Chaabana even more vigorous in its intensity.
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Alwan for the Arts

16 Beaver St. 4th Floor
New York, NY 10004




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Delicate textures of classical Eg...

April 23, 2016 8:00 PM
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Celebrating the ancient spiritual...

March 26, 2016 8:00 PM
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Composer, guitarist and singer Yo...

March 12, 2016 8:00 PM
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Kinan Azmeh & Kevork Mourad: Home...

January 22, 2016 8:00 PM
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January 17, 2016 4:00 PM
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January 15, 2016 7:45 PM
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Flying Street, a musical conversa...

December 12, 2015 8:00 PM
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George Ziadeh Performs Classical...

December 05, 2015 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance: The Song of...

November 21, 2015 8:00 PM
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An Evening of Flamenco with Artur...

October 17, 2015 8:00 PM
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Kenan Adnawi and the Alfaia Quart...

October 03, 2015 8:00 PM
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The Columbia University Middle Ea...

June 27, 2015 8:00 PM
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The Aliya Cycon Project

June 13, 2015 8:00 PM
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Syrian Pianist Riyad Nicolas perf...

May 30, 2015 8:00 PM
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NEW ANDALUC√ćA: Re-Encounter of Fl...

May 02, 2015 8:00 PM
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Anna and Anais in Concert

April 17, 2015 8:00 PM
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1915 - 2015 Truth & Hope: Ara Di...

April 10, 2015 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance: The Rich Sou...

March 28, 2015 8:00 PM
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(CANCELLED) Macadi Nahhas

March 14, 2015 8:00 PM
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New Album Debut at Alwan: "DUNYA"...

February 28, 2015 8:00 PM
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'Oud Maestro and Composer Issam R...

February 21, 2015 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance: George Ziade...

January 24, 2015 8:00 PM
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4th Annual Maqam Fest 2015

January 09, 2015 7:00 PM
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George Ziadeh: A Concert with Str...

November 21, 2014 8:00 PM
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Navid Kandelousi in Concert at Al...

November 01, 2014 8:00 PM
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Armen Donelian Trio: Songs Of My...

October 25, 2014 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance: Syrian trio...

October 11, 2014 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance at Alwan for...

October 03, 2014 8:00 PM
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Huda Asfour's Quartet Presents "M...

September 27, 2014 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance: Renowned Yem...

September 20, 2014 8:00 PM
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"Baltimore": Staged Reading...

May 28, 2014 8:00 PM
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Javier Ruibal in Concert

May 23, 2014 8:00 PM
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Egyptian Grammy Award-Winning Fat...

May 03, 2014 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance with Gaida

April 19, 2014 8:00 PM
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Syrian Classical Music Composer Z...

April 17, 2014 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance: Jussi Reijon...

April 12, 2014 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance: Ahmad Gamal

March 29, 2014 8:00 PM
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Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An A...

March 22, 2014 8:00 PM
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Kinan Idnawi in Solo 'Oud Concert...

March 01, 2014 8:00 PM
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En Chordais

February 28, 2014 8:00 PM
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Joseph Tawadros Trio

February 15, 2014 8:00 PM
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Narratives & Sounds of Iraq: Scre...

January 25, 2014 7:00 PM
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3rd Annual Maqam Fest

January 10, 2014 7:30 PM
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Tunisian Comedian Kamel Touati at...

December 23, 2013 8:00 PM
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The Alwan Ensemble: Music of the...

December 14, 2013 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance: Sound: the E...

December 08, 2013 7:00 PM
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Musical Performance: Rajas

November 23, 2013 8:00 PM
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November 09, 2013 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance: Charbel Rouh...

November 03, 2013 7:00 PM
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Concert: Salaam "Train to Basra a...

October 26, 2013 8:00 PM
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Tunisian Vocalist Sonia M'Barek i...

October 03, 2013 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance: Nawal: the V...

September 27, 2013 8:00 PM
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Alwan Poetics: A Series of Verse...

September 09, 2013 8:00 PM - September 13, 2013 8:00 PM
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The Alwan Arab Music Ensemble Fea...

June 29, 2013 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance: Javier Ruibal

June 01, 2013 8:00 PM
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Play: "Abandon the Citizens"...

May 24, 2013 8:00 PM
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Musical Performance: Ahmad Gamal

May 18, 2013 8:00 PM
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"Asma'a" by Amr Salama (Egypt, 20...

May 05, 2013 7:00 PM
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"Coming Forth By Day" by Hala Lot...

May 05, 2013 5:00 PM
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"Hidden Beauties" by Nouri Bouzi...

May 05, 2013 3:00 PM
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"Zero" by Nour-Eddine Lakhmari (M...

May 04, 2013 8:00 PM
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"Free Men" by Ismael Ferroukhi (M...

May 04, 2013 6:00 PM
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"Perfumes of Algiers" by Rachid...

May 04, 2013 4:00 PM
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"The Repentant" by Merzak Allouac...

May 04, 2013 2:00 PM
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"The Last Friday" by Yahya Alabda...

May 03, 2013 8:30 PM
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"Son of Babylon" by Mohamed Al-Da...

May 03, 2013 6:30 PM
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"God's Horses" by Nabil Ayouch (M...

May 02, 2013 8:30 PM
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"Winter of Discontent" by Ibrahim...

May 02, 2013 6:30 PM
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Documentary Film Screenings: "Inf...

May 01, 2013 7:00 PM
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1-1 = 1 Experimental Video Scree...

April 30, 2013 7:00 PM
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Nabil Maleh Retrospective Documen...

April 28, 2013 6:00 PM
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"The Bright Darkness" and "Damasc...

April 27, 2013 6:00 PM
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Espiritu Gitano

April 20, 2013 9:00 PM
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Maurice Chedid

April 06, 2013 8:00 PM
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Arab Music Workshop w/ Naseer Sha...

March 10, 2013 1:00 PM
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Concert: New Sounds from Arab Lan...

February 17, 2013 7:00 PM
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Musical Performance: Maurice Chedid

February 09, 2013 8:00 PM
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Second Annual Maqam Fest

January 11, 2013 7:30 PM - January 11, 2013 8:00 PM
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