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Fonoon Festival 2023

The second edition of Arab Cultural Festival Fonoon returns to Belfast this weekend.

Taking over 2 Royal Avenue from the 6-8th festival, the series is described by organisers as the gate to Arabia where everyone will have a chance to celebrate the rich tapestry of Arab culture, history, arts and music through a variety of entertaining and cheerful artistic workshops and activities suitable for all.”

With the supreme aim of bringing people together and spreading positivity to encourage unity among communities, this year’s programme goes above and beyond to celebrate the beauty, diversity and vibrancy of Arab culture via art, music, dance, cooking, crafts, workshops and more.

Presented by the Yallaa, an incredible social enterprise established to facilitate engagement, inclusion and promotion of minority Arab groups and Arab culture in Northern Ireland – who you will also find serving some of the best coffee and food in Belfast in the middle of 2 Royal Avenue – this year’s Fonoon includes Arabic calligraphy workshops, an exhibition and film on Islamic Golden Age inventions, henna, raffles and the Yallaa Dabke Dance Group.

Beyond 2 Royal Avenue, Farah Elle and Orba will also play a special show at The MAC just around the corner from 7pm on Saturday, 7th October.

This year’s Fonoon festival will be launched by Ryan Murphy, Mayor of Belfast, at 3.00pm on Friday, 6th October.

Check out the schedule below and revisit our recent piece on 2 Royal Avenue.

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