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Our programs are designed to showcase Palestinian culture and traditions, forge greater engagement with our community, and foster meaningful connections.

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Palestine Day Cultural Festival

The Palestinian American Coalition’s main annual event is the Palestine Day Cultural Festival. The festival welcomes Palestinians and community members from around the San Francisco Bay Area to celebrate our culture and heritage as a way to pass on traditions to the next generation and to share our culture with the greater Bay Area community. 

 

The festival provides a venue for families to educate their youth on traditional Palestinian attire, folkloric dance, music, food, and art. Palestinian professional dance troupes and musicians come from around the world come to share their talents with the attendees. Hand crafts are available for sale to offer community members an opportunity to take a piece of Palestine home. Cultural activities such as traditional art and stitching classes are offered in the community center as a way to preserve and pass on our traditions.

Dabkeh with Al Juthoor

In collaboration with Al Juthoor, a Bay Area professional dabkeh dance troupe, we will be learning about the history of dabkeh and its significance in Palestinian and Shami culture, as well as practicing some moves. We’ll be going over dabkeh etiquette, the different styles and forms of dabkeh, and all the dabkeh basics to start you on your dancing journey.

 

To learn more about the history and significance of the dabkeh go to this site, where you will see the legend of how the dance came to be (think tree branches and rain) and learn about the six kinds of dance steps.

Tatreez by PYM

With instructor Diyala Shihadih from the Palestinian Youth Movement, we will be exploring the history of our traditional cross stitch embroidery, tatreez, and how it has been and continues to be a way for Palestinian women to express themselves and empower their communities. Attendees will also learn how to cross stitch a specific pattern of choice and turn our creations into wall hangings.

 

To learn more about Tatreez, go to this site, where you will discover how the art form became a “symbol of women’s resistance, identity and heritage.” Also, check out this site on the “artful resistance” of tatreez. 

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BAY AREA PROGRAMS BEYOND PAC-SF

PAC-SF also encourages members of the community to sign up for cultural classes offered through various community organizations and institutions throughout the Bay Area.