Middle Eastern Events
Boston offers a variety of Middle Eastern events such as concerts, comedy shows, arabic movie screenings, hafli (parties), festivals, nightlife, arts and culture and social networking events.
When it comes to Middle Eastern concerts around Boston you can find famous big name pop stars who travel here from the Middle East such as Lebanon and Egypt who perform at various venues throughout the year.
Some past performers include:
- Wael Kfoury
- Najwa Karam
- Hicham El Hajj
- Ragheb Alama
Whats unique about Middle Eastern concerts here is that they tend to be held at a hall or ballroom and your ticket includes a full course dinner with mezze (small appetizers such as hummus, taboulieh and kibbe). The ambiance is dressy for the ladies and chic for the men.
Alternatively there are a lot of popular local artists that perform at Middle Eastern restaurants and lounges all throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island typically on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. For a more specific listing, visit YallaBoston.com's Middle Eastern Nightlife page.
If you're into classical music there are plenty of Arabic and Turkish ensembles that are commonly hosted by university cultural groups and very reasonably priced. From the oud to doumbek the hypnotic rhythms from the ancient East are sure to please.
You can find more information about such events through social media outlets, Middle Eastern markets that post flyers, on websites by Middle Eastern restaurants and lounges as well as websites such as YallaBoston!
Bostonians are blessed to have some of the top Middle Eastern comedians in the country pay them a visit. These shows are some of the most hysterical and unique comedy shows you will ever see. The shows are cleaner humor (less profanity) that many appreciate and most commonly deal with East meets West cultural, political and religious satire.
Some of the comedians that perform in Boston are:
- Dean Obeidallah
- Maz Jobrani
Thanks to groups such as the Boston Palestine Film Festival and the Center for Arabic Culture, many free screenings of modern and classical Arabic movies are showcased around town.
Some popular movie screenings have been Caramel, My Name Is Khan, Captain Abu Raed and the Yacoubian Building.
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ARTS
Boston is loaded with a variety of Middle Eastern social and cultural art events. From Haflis (parties) to young professional mixers, Arabic calligraphy, language and musical instrument lessons to volunteer opportunities. There are also professional groups and organizations you may join.
Some of the best sources for finding out what's going on is by joining groups such as:
- The Center for Arabic Culture
- The Network of Arab-American Professionals
- The Turkish Cultural Center
- The Lebanese Club at MIT
- The BU Lebanese Club