Suraia Abud Coaik
Suraia Abud Coaik born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in a typical Lebanese family from the diaspora. Lives in Spain since 2002 and travels often to Lebanon being part of different projects that combine food anthropology, art, and cooking.
Her last research, Food memories from Hammana_ is the working process of the residency program El Ranchito, between Matadero (Spain) and Hammana Artist House (Lebanon). Suraia pretends to highlight the experience and the knowledge related to food of the people from this wonderful Lebanese village, trough a culinary-audiovisual experience.
He is a musician from Syria who came to Czechoslovakia in 1982 to study construction. He became a civil engineer in 1989, then returned back home where he worked in the field until 1997. Later on he came back to the Czech Republic where he lives until today. Marwan has founded the first Arab band in the Czech Republic named ZIRIAB. He also plays European medieval and Renaissance music with Czech musicians.
Momentálně nepracuje ve svém původním oboru jako stavební inženýr, ale už od roku 2003 učí fyziku, matematiku, češtinu pro cizince a arabštinu pro Čechy. Píše poezii v českém i arabském jazyce a pořádá s českými básníky večírky s poezií a hudbou. Jezdí hrát pro děti do dětských domovů.
Tom Blahut Entrepreneur, wine merchant and traveler. His Drink, Eat & Fly company is importing and distributing Lebanese wines in the Czech Republic and is also organising popular enological and gourmet tours to Lebanon.
Born in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, Bourjeily has sought refuge in storytelling from an early age. He is a writer and director working in theatre and film and is known for his work in immersive and interact live socio-political plays. He was awarded the prestigious Fulbright scholarship and subsequently completed an M.F.A. in filmmaking at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles (2013). HEAVEN WITHOUT PEOPLE is his debut feature length film.
Under this unusual alias, you will find Martin Juráček, who prepares and presents a Sunday show World Music Session on Radio 1 together with his co-host Filip Tyc. His gateway to Arab culture is mostly poetry and music. He is a keen admirer of the ancient Persian poet, theologian and Sufi teacher Rumi.
In his personal record collection, he has records by the 60s Egyptian jazz legend Salah Ragab and desert blues Tuareg band Tinariwen. In his contemporary Arab fairy tales, he includes the Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan, rocker Rachid Taha or the Algerian musician Souad Massi.
Michal „Hugo“ Hromas
Hugo came to learn about exotic foods already as a child and he’s been working as a cook since the year 2000. He worked as a chef at Dahab restaurant in Prague, where he also learnt about Palestinian cuisine. He was also inspired by his experience with working as a cook for the movie Tobruk in Tunisian Sahara.
After his return, he launched a culinary course Raisins and Almonds. He has also used his experiences from travels around Europe to collaborate with restaurants and to design the Street Food Festival. He enjoys cooking outside the most. He manages a so-called travelling restaurant of one cook Nomadic Catering and he also has a show on the Czech online TV Stream.cz entitled At the Stand.
Tereza Hříšná is a student of the last year of the Master's degree programme in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. She has already visited several Arab countries - Morocco, Egypt and Oman, where she attended intensive courses of Arabic language.
As part of her studies, she also completed her six-month study stay in Morocco at the Qadi Ayyad University, where she took courses in history, media or literature.
He has been in professional photography for more than ten years, beginning as a photojournalist and creative photographer for the national daily Mladá Fronta in Karlovy Vary. Five years ago he moved to Prague. Until then his work had been regularly published in Czech photography magazines or in photography competitions, where he often succeeded in themes of sport, report or food photography.
After moving to Prague he shifted his focus to fashion photography and later to food photography as well. His pictures represent several prominent Prague restaurants or appear in leading culinary magazines.
REFUEAT© is helping Middle Eastern refugees integrate into German society using languages, work or sports. Since 2016, REFUEAT also prepares and sells street food inspired by traditional Arab cuisine. With their food stands on wheels, they are trying to reach event he hard-to-reach places in Berlin, Potsdam, Mannheim and others.
They are in parks, gardens and on rooftops. They make company events, garden parties and the public spaces feel special and unique. They are baking, grilling and cooking delicious dishes right on their travelling bicycles.
Syriantal been founded by Alaa Khalil, a Syrian DJ was born in Damascus. His stage name -Syriantal- merges ”Syria” his country of origin and „Oriental” his backgrounds music genre, two words that were vital in shaping his Identity, and two words means a lot for him!
His musical journey begins years ago as a teenager in Damascus, spending many hours of listening to various genres of music. September 2015 he entered his first foot in Berlin, August 2017 he started DJing at private Events and home Parties from friends, later on he found himself on the DJ booth in the classic berliner Clubs like Birgit&Bier, Ritter Butzke, about blank and SO 36. Integrating classic arabic and orient masterpieces with Berliner melodic techy beats thats exactly what is Alaas Music made of. He loves telling stories in different ways even through Music, it is as if Alaa is already capable of telling his own journey from Syria to Berlin in his Sets.
Rania is a French Palestinian woman who decided to quit her job as French teacher in order to devote herself to the Palestinian cuisine. She is the founder of the culinary blog "Les Ptits Plats Palestiniens de Rania". Her goal is to get to know this cuisine that she had the chance to learn with" the women of her life" (her Palestinian grand-mother and aunts), to the greatest number of people,
in particular to French people and in the Francophonie as the Palestinian cuisine is completely unknown in those countries or confused with the so called Israeli cuisine. That's also why, her motto is "La résistance dans l'assiette" (resistance in the plate). Through her food, she shares the memories of her childhood within her Palestinian family, her cultural and her Palestinian heritage. To make it live. Forever.
Toukadime is a project started by two DJs, Krimau and Bachir, who are striving to keep their vinyl collection from Maghreb alive, sharing it on the internet, the radio or during live events. The two friends, with their varied universe, won their spurs in deejaying by mixing all sorts of different music, while still showing an obvious inclination for the Afro-American culture (Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop...) and African music.
So it makes sense that they found each other around a format they both care for, the vinyl, and a location that speaks to them, the Maghreb. Their goal is simple: highlight an heritage, (re)discover musical pieces and satisfy the curious ears and the connoisseurs of the genre.
He's been working at Radio 1 since 1997, mainly in the morning hours between 6 and 9 a.m. every second Sunday, where he tries to make getting up early on a Sunday or going to bed late a bit nicer. Together with Martin Juráček (aka DJ Gadjo), he prepares and presents a show entitled World Music Session, which focuses on different musical traditions, folklore and ethnic music in both known and unknown forms and interpretations.
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