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Calendar of Middle Eastern Dance and Music Events

last updated January 4, 2009

With apologies....I finally gave up trying to keep this calendar up to date on all the numerous events happening in the Bay Area (we are very lucky here!) and will defer that honor (?) to others with more time. (I can recommend Khajulah's comprehensive Calendar.)  Instead, I will focus on compiling recurring (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual) events, with particular emphasis on events that offer opportunities for dancing. I hope you find it useful.


Weekly Events

Lammam Ensemble at Peña Pachamama
Sundays, 8pm-midnight
Peña Pachamama Bolivian Restaurant, San Francisco, CA
dance hostess varies week to week
Georges Lammam info: amorfiaproductions.com


Monthly Events


El Morocco Dancers' Night

1st Sundays
El Morocco Restaurant, 2203 Morello Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA
www.lostprophets.org/y_dancersnight.htm



Quarterly and Recurring-but-Irregular Events


Ma*Shuqa’s Open Stage Hafla Party
select Saturdays, 5:30 - 9:30pm
Empire Buffet Restaurant, 35 East Rosemary, San Jose (Off North First Street & Hwy 880)
(408) 452-8383 call to reserve a table
to perform call Ma*Shuqa (408) 356-9473

Cafe Bellie
select Sundays, 7:30-10pm
Free Belly Dance Class at 6:30pm
Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
presented by Luna
www.cafebellie.com

UCSB Middle East Ensemble End-of-Quarter Concert
usually two or three Saturdays before the end of the academic quarter (November, March, June), 8pm
Lotte Lehman Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Dr. Scott Marcus, director of musicians
Alexandra King, director of dancers
www.music.ucsb.edu/mee/



Annual Events

January

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival Auditions
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
www.worldartswest.org


March

Rakkasah
Richmond Civic Auditorium, Richmond, CA
www.rakkasah.com


May

TribalFest
Sebastopol Community Center, Sebastopol CA
www.blacksheepbellydance.com

Belly Dancer of the Year Pageant
Walnut Creek, CA
www.bellydc.com


June

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
www.worldartswest.org

Kosmos World Music and Dance Camp
Saratoga Springs, CA
www.kosmoscamp.com

Ahlan wa Sahlan Festival
Mena House Hotel, Giza, Egypt
www.raqiahassan.net


July

Tatseena's Fantasy Dance Festival
San Leandro, CA
www.tatseena.com


August

Mendocino Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp
Mendocino Woodlands, CA
www.middleeastcamp.com


September

Desert Dance Festival
San Jose, CA
www.desertdance.com

Arabian Nights at Sea, a Middle Eastern Belly Dancing Seminar Cruise
3-night/4-day Baja Cruise with dance workshops and performances
www.arabiannightsatsea.com


October

Redwood Coast Bellydance Festival
Arcata, CA
www.redwoodcoastbellydance.com

Sirens in Sanity's Belly Dance Competition
Benicia, CA
www.sirensinsanity.com

San Francisco World Music Festival
various venues, San Francisco, CA
www.sfworldmusicfestival.org/


November

Carnival of Stars
Centennial Hall, Hayward, CA
www.clonecomics.com/carnivalofstars.com/

Kolo Festival
Slavonic Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
www.kolofestival.org