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MIDDLE EAST DAYS: Discover the culture of The Middle East

dinsdag, 25 februari, 2020 - 11:00 to woensdag, 26 februari, 2020 - 21:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Building D
Different rooms in D
cultural events

MIDDLE EAST DAYS: come and discover the culture of the Middle East during two days at the VUB. 

A range of workshops, a lecture, performances, a film and food options will be available on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February 2020.

Throughout the two days the VUB restaurant will serve a wide range of Middle Eastern food. The events will all take place in Building D, in different rooms. See below the programme with all the necessary details and locations. Please register to the events (to gauge numbers) below:

 *Please note that photos will be taken during the events. Should you not wish to appear in these, please notify the photographer


11:00-13:45 Lunch in the VUB restaurant with a wide array of Middle Eastern food options

12:30-13:00 Showcase the Dabke dance by the Watan Dabke Group - Esplanade 

Dabke is a combination of circle and line dancing and is widely performed at weddings and other celebratory occasions in a number of countries in the Middle East

13:00-14:00 Workshop: Dabke

Room D.2.01

by the Watan Dabke Group

Learn to do the Dabke yourself and join in!

13:00-14:00 Workshop: Arabic calligraphy

Room D.2.10

by Sadek Altamimi

Learn the art of handwriting based on the Arabic alphabet. 

18:30-20:00 Performance - Room D.2.01

  • Ardah by the Watan Dabke Group - a typical folkloric group dance from the Middle East with two rows of men dancing opposite each other with swords or canes, accompanied by drums and poetry
  • Qanun by Yasmin Said - the qanun is a string instrument played either solo or more often as part of en ensemble. 
  • Belly dancing by Diana
  • Dabke and folk songs by the Watan Dabke Group


11:00-13:45 Lunch in the VUB restaurant with a wide array of Middle Eastern food options

11:00-12:00 Lecture on Arabic geography and history by Sayf Shems - Room D.2.06

12:00-13:00 Workshop: Henna

Room D.2.06

by Sara

Learn how to make this temporary body art by staining your skin with different dyes

12:00-13:00 Workshop: Make your own hummus

Room D.2.10

by Yazan

Discover how to make this world famous and popular dip/spread from cooked and mashed chickpeas


18:30-21:00 FILM: Capernaum, a 2018 Lebanese film that won the Cannes Jury Prize, Room D.008

Please register below so we can gauge numbers for the rooms:

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