Nouran Massoud
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A visit to Tel Aviv-Jaffa is a great opportunity to get to know not only the local Jewish population but also the city's Arab residents and their culture. This is precisely the reason for the festival celebrating Arab culture taking place in Jaffa Friday and Saturday.

The event is hosted at the newly refurbished youth center located between the Ajami neighborhood and the heart of Jaffa, in the garden commemorating the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes murdered in the 1972 Munich games, at 83 Yefet Street. Entrance is free of charge.

Both days will feature activities for children from 4 until 7:30 P.M., such as a petting zoo, and workshops in beading, pottery, henna tattoos and plaster works, as well as story time, shows and interactive games. In addition, there will be exhibitions and sales of various handicrafts. From 7 until 10 P.M., Arab artists including rappers, drummers in traditional dress, and even an Egyptian fire dancer will perform.

Shows on Friday include Nouran Massoud and her ensemble (traditional Arab music) and the Al Asayel debka dancers (which won first prize in a debka competition in Greece). On Saturday you can take in shows by Maram Abu Kaud and his band, a zajal show (traditional form of oral poetry declaimed in colloquial dialect), and the Kalas band performing Arab poems set to Western music.