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Thursday 15.10.

Official opening ceremony of the 11th Festival of Arab Culture: To the Stars

18:00 | meeting spot, ONLINE

The 11th annual Festival of Arab Culture will commence in the presence of important academics, cultural activists and diplomats. However, the opening itself is going to take place only online. Check your mail box on 15 Thursday, we will send you the specific link on a platform where you can find al festival info and e-meet other festival partners and friends. We hope to meet you in person at other festival events or (as the latest! :-)) at the opening event in Prague in November.

Ÿuma: online concert

20:00 | meeting spot, ONLINE | Ÿuma

Yuma is a Tunisian world/alternative music band consisting of Sabrine Jenhani, also known as Chupee Do, and Ramy Zoghlemi, who both are song writers and composers. Appearing in the music world on December 20, 2015, Ÿuma is a leading band in alternative Tunisian indie folk music, distinguished by a musical universe mingling cultures from both shores of the Mediterranean. Do not miss this special online event!

The performance will be takng place on Thursday 15 October on Facebook page @arabfestCZ as well. Please note that this event will be held at 8PM Central European Summer Time (UTC+2). Please check for other Time Zones.

We would like to thank to the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and the Embassy of Tunisia in Prague for supporting this event.

UPDATE: You can still watch the concert on our Youtube channel. 

Friday 16.10.

Due to current measures, we have to cancel the event until further notice. Thank you for your support.

An unusual walk through the centre of Pilsen will reveal the connections between the West Bohemian metropolis and Arab astronomy, as well as the symbolism of stars in the Middle Eastern context. It will not forget its culinary stars either! There will be six stops, the last one promising sky-watching if the weather is clear!

Due to current measures, we have to cancel the event until further notice. Thank you for your support.

An unusual walk through the centre of Pilsen will reveal the connections between the West Bohemian metropolis and Arab astronomy, as well as the symbolism of stars in the Middle Eastern context. It will not forget its culinary stars either! There will be six stops, the last one promising sky-watching if the weather is clear! The event is held with the support of the Pilsen District 3.

Saturday 17.10.

ONLINE Grand Saturday Programme

11:00 | Papírna, online | DJs Toukadime


We are not afraid of challenges! We will carry the most-visited festival event out ONLINE. Join us! In addition to the full cultural program that we will broadcast from Papírna Plzeň, we will also travel to Oman or Jordan. So tune your smart devices to the arabfestCZ signal. You can see detailed programme here.

The programme is based on our previous plans, so all age groups will enjoy themselves! Festival visitors will be able to visit Oman, Jordan or Egypt. They will learn how to cook nomadic specialities with chef Hugo Hromas and children can look forward to the original puppet show. Those interested in studying Arabic will enjoy a sample beginner's class and literary enthusiasts will learn about the new releases from the oriental publishing house Dar Ibn Rushd. In addition, you can enjoy several competitions with really beautiful prizes, which were provided to us by our generous partners!

The event is held with the support of the UWB, the City of Pilsen, Pilsen District 3 and the 700 Years of the City of Pilsen  Foundation. We would like to thank all of our festival partners for their support.

You can watch the stream on Vimeo as well.

ONLINE DJs Night: To the Stars by DJs Toukadime

20:30 | online, online | DJs Toukadime

A truly starry night awaits all fans of great music! Your living room will turn into a universe where Moroccan DJs Toukadime will excel at the turntables. This DJ live set is available on Facebook.

Sunday 18.10.

What happens when a duo of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art graduates and a Syrian calligrapher join forces to complete the "Take us into Space" assignment? Come and find out in the so-called Mouse Hole and watch graffiti artists Josef Sedlák & Tomáš Staněk, and the calligrapher Hammam Yousef in action. Or, even better, join the creation between 1pm and 3pm! 

We are trying to find out information on the conditions under which we can hold the event. But we already know that it will be without you, the visitors. Thank you for your understanding and turn us on on our Facebook page - if it all turns out well, there will be an online stream;).

ArabFILMfest: Voices coming from far away

15:00 | online, online

You can watch the movie via the link here on Vimeo.

The short documentary by Iraqi director Ahmed Al-Sabaiei from 2018 follows three Arabs living in Prague and their relationship to the Czech Republic. The movie is in Czech with Arabic and English subtitles. 

The movie will be available til October 22 for free. However, if you want to support festival activities even more, please, buy a ticket of any amount via GoOut till October 20. Do not get confused that the event is called ARABFEST 2020: Velký sobotní program, the money will find the way to us. Thank you very much!

Monday 19.10.

Lumír Honzík: Star of Bethlehem

17:00 | online, online | Lumír Honzík

Online stream of the lecture will be on our Youtube channel and Facebook.

The Star of Bethlehem plays an important role in the nativity story of Jesus Christ, and perhaps everyone knows the original biblical story. But how do astronomers see this "spiked star with a long tail similar to a comet"? Lumír Honzík, head of the Pilsen branch of the Astronomical Observatory in Rokycany and Pilsen, will talk about the astronomers' view of the Star of Bethlehem. The lecture will be held in Czech. 

Tuesday 20.10.

ONLINEJakub Szántó: A Reporter Between Two Countries

17:00 | SVK PK, Education and Research Library of Pilsen Region

If the stars will be aligned for us, the lecture will be streamed online. We will keep you updated on current development. Follow us on Facebook.

Palestine and Israel. Two admirable nations doomed to live side by side. The Middle East - restless,
exotic, and yet related. Is it really necessary to pick sides and perceive Israeli-Palestinian relations as
entirely conflictful? Do not miss the lecture of the well-known Czech reporter Jakub Szántó, who
worked as a foreign correspondent of Czech Television for the Middle East from 2013 to 2018. The lecture will be held in the Czech language.

Monday 26.10.

The Eastern Desert in 1916. Director Naji Abu Nowar's feature film debut tells the story of Theeb, a boy setting out on the road toward adulthood after his father's death. When the peaceful life of Theeb's Bedouin tribe is disrupted by the arrival of a British army officer with a secret mission, Theeb's older brother Hussein agrees to accompany the soldier on a dangerous journey across the Eastern Desert. The film was nominated for an Oscar in 2016. Screened in the original version with English and Czech subtitles.

Watch the movie on Vimeo via this link till October 31 (noon). Firstly, you would have to register (because of the safety reasons) and pay the fee and then... enjoy! You can watch the movie for 24 hours since paying the fee.

Sunday 15.11.

Arabic Breakfast [online]

12:00 | online, on Facebook and Instagram

Give your day a good start having an Arab style breakfast with students of the University of West Bohemia. We will be serving great hommus, laban and really sweet dessert mutabbak. Check out the recipes and photos on our ARABFEST Facebook and Instagram.

Thursday 19.11.

Festival of Arab Culture 2020 in Prague

18:00 | online

Festivalový program Ke hvězdám se přesouvá do Prahy, ač pro vás se nemění místo konání... neboť i v tomto případě pojedeme výhradně online. Detailní program, včetně programu našeho partnerského festivalu Nad Prahou půlměsíc, najdete v podzáložce Akce v Praze a Olomouci: zde. Spolupořadatelem našeho pražského festivalového programu je studenský spolek Madžlis a Společnost česko-arabská. Vybrané akce jsou spolufinancováné z grantu MHMP pro integraci cizinců. Děkujeme! 

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