LAAF Family Day supported by Qatar Foundation International

Sunday 14 July, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Sefton Park Palm House


Liverpool Arab Arts Festival’s (LAAF) ever-popular Family Day returns bigger and better than ever for 2019, offering a packed day showcasing traditional and contemporary Arab cultural music and dance, along with authentic cuisine, traditional crafts, market stalls, henna painting and an enhanced programme of family focused activities.

Daraa Tribes will make their UK debut, taking to the stage to perform a unique form of Tribal fusion & Saharan blues. Hailing from the oasis town of Tagounite in the Daraa River Valley of Morocco, each member of Daraa Tribes originates from a different tribe, bringing with them diverse music traditions.

Also playing will be Yemeni act, the Al Awahadal Band, with a live performance from Reham al-Hakimi, and Masters of Syria, a group of former teachers from the High Institute of Music in Damascus performing Syrian and Arabic classical music on the violin and a range of traditional instruments including the Oud, Quanoon, Nay, Rek and Tablah. There will also be sets from DJ Jacques Malchance, who supported Arab supergroups 47 SOUL and TootArd at their co-headline gig at Constellations last year.

Members of all-woman collective Hawiyya Dance Company will also take to the stage to perform its unique blend of Dabke and contemporary dance. Inspired audience members will even be able to learn a few Dabke steps from the dancers, outside in the Palm House grounds – weather permitting!

Along with exciting live performances bringing together the very best of traditional and contemporary Arab culture, there will be fun for the whole family, with face-painting, children’s crafts and interactive sessions, including LAAF’s storyteller in residence Alia Alzougbi, who will be sharing folktales from the Arab world.

LAAF Family Day 2019 is supported by Qatar Foundation International.

LAAF Family Day 2018

Image: LAAF Family Day 2018 at Sefton Park Palm House. Courtesy of AB Photography

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