Come Celebrate the Cultural Beauty, Appreciation, and Unity that is Mimouna: Spend A Special Evening with the Morrocan-Jewish Community of Boston – Saturday, April 10th @ 8:15 p.m.

April 11, 2010 at 1:33 am Leave a comment

Mimouna is a grand Jewish tradition in Morocco as it signifies the end of Passover. The best part of this ritual, in my opinion, is that it is celebrated in a manner which ties together the cultures of Morocco, Northern Africa in general, and the Middle East in honor of cultural unity, respect, and appreciation. Moroccan Jews originally recognized this holiday by giving parties in their own homes to which they invited their Muslim and Christian neighbors. The idea was to share the many beautiful aspects of their Jewish heritage with the non-Jewish members of the community in a spirit of goodwill. Guests would roam freely from house to house while being lavishly entertained in a cultural manner of one sort or another. Party festivities included, music, dancing, dining, drinking, literary readings, and such. As a climax, a series of larger public gatherings would then take place to officially mark the end of the celebration.

Although Mimouna is still widely celebrated in Morocco today,  the festivities tend to be held more in the form of  large public events only.  But … the good folks of the New Center for Arts & Culture, Prism, and the American Islamic Congress, have come together to revive this ancient ritual more in its original form, where it can be enjoyed and shared in the same spirit of cultural goodwill here, within the entire Boston community at large, just as it always was and still is in Morocco. Instead of meandering from home to home though, guests at this particular party will get to stay in one building, visiting various rooms at their leisure. At each stop they will be treated to a different type of cultural experience. Entertainment will include film, fashion, photography, spoken word, music, body art , dance, and more. And of course, what ethnic party would be complete without ample native food and drink. As far as world music and dance entertainment for the evening is concerned, here is the line-up as of now: The Ilan Bar-Lavi Quintet (fusion of jazz, rock/pop, Mexican Bolero, and Middle Eastern music), the Collage Dance Troupe (global fusion), Club D’Elf (fusion of Moroccan Gnawa and Berber, as well as other genres of North Africa, jazz, electronica, hip-hop, and more), Amoud (traditional Moroccan Berber songs), and Boujmala Rizgui and Elias Cohen (well-known Moroccan devotional songs, sung in Arabic, Spanish and Hebrew). This looks to be one great night of world fusion music and dance, in true spirit of the cultural harmony that this special holiday represents.

If you’d like to further support the promotion of Jewish culture in Boston, then why not do so by joining the New Center For Arts & Culture’s mailing list, making a donation to further their cause, or by becoming an event series ticket subscriber.

Party Details:

When: Saturday, April 10th @ 8:15 p.m.

Where: Arts At The Armory (Somerville)

Tickets: $10.00 (advance) / $15.00 (at the door)

More Info: 617-531-4610 OR tickets@ncacboston.org

                               

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