Music Night at Hamam ash-Shifa Turkish Bath in Nablus’ Old City Project HOPE organized and hosted a performance of Palestinian and international traditional music at the historic Hamam ash-Shifa Turkish bath in the Old City of Nablus, the night of Wednesday October 13th. The evening began with a warm welcome from Project Hope Director and MC for the event, Mr. AbdulHakim Sabbah, who welcomed all the guests in attendance. Guests included all local and international volunteers from Project Hope, staff from Medecins du Monde, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Youth Without Borders, as well as other friends and supporters. The even honored Project Hope volunteers for all their hard work and effort. Kicking the music off was Stewart Graham, a British volunteer who performed traditional Irish music, with the help of Jimmy Gordon, a volunteer from Scotland. A show-stealing special surprise performance by students from Stewart’s tin-whistle class in Balata Refugee Camp, was one of the highlights of the evening. Other audience members were also encouraged to get up and sing a few traditional tunes. Following the Irish music and singing was the main event of the night, a performance of traditional Arabic ‘Oud by Nidal Takrury. Not only did guests get to enjoy the Arabic tunes, but also got to enjoy some Arabic food – a full feast of traditional dishes! Even some comedy was thrown into the mix with a humorous performance by Taher Bakir. More music events are sure to come as Project Hope continues its efforts to promote international culture and dialogue.
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