ADC Cultural Event Seeks to Dispel Arab American Stereotypes 

Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America

Debuts November 10th in Washington, D.C.


Washington, DC | | October 17, 2011 – On Thursday, November, 10, 2011 (at 8:00pm), the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the ADC Women’s Initiative present the premiere cultural event of the year, Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America, at the historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20009.

The evening will feature a live musical performance by the celebrated Michigan Arab Orchestra Takht Ensemble, a fashion show highlighting vibrant Arab-inspired creations by renowned Iraqi designer Hana Sadiq, and a special guest appearance by Miss USA 2010, Rima Fakih. 

“As part of ADC’s mission to preserve Arab cultural heritage in America, we are honored to present this special tribute," said Warren David, ADC President, “Because of the misaligned and derogatory image of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S., ADC is committed to providing an accurate portrayal through cultural events such as Turaath.”

About Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America:

The Michigan Arab Orchestra Takht Ensemble is directed by Michael Ibrahim and will feature guest appearances by Moroccan vocalist Nidal Ibourk and Lebanese vocalist Usama Baalbaki. The MAO is a classical Arab music chamber ensemble comprised of instruments such as: ‘oud (Arab lute), qanun (Arab zither), nay (Arab reed flute), violin, bass, darbuka (Arab drum) and riqq (Arab tambourine).

Fashions of the Arab World with Hana Sadiq is an Arab fashion show featuring authentic designer dresses which integrate Arabic art with contemporary haute couture. Recognized in Italy as the Ambassador for Arabic fashion, designer Hana Sadiq has been on runways in Amman, Naples, Beirut, and Dubai. She has published books on Arab women’s accessories and cosmetics, and designs clothing for television, movies and royal figures of the Arab World.

Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010 will make a special guest appearance and is the first Arab American to win the Miss USA pageant.

About the ADC Women’s Initiative: The ADC Women’s Initiative is a new initiative that combines the dynamism and acumen of a national consortium of influential Arab-American women with ADC’s mission to empower and celebrate the Arab-American community. The Initiative seeks to support ADC in its mission to dispel negative stereotypes, defend civil rights, and provide educational and cultural programming about Arab Americans.

About ADC: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage. ADC was founded by former U.S. Senator James Abourezk in 1980. It is through educating the public about Arab culture and heritage that ADC seeks to humanize individuals of Arab ancestry and evoke an appreciation for the roots of the Arab American community.

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Alyaa El-Abbadi