The Library Honors Southwest Asian and North African Heritage

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 13, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org

 

The Library Honors Southwest Asian and North African Heritage

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA San Francisco Public Library is honoring the diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Southwest Asian and North African heritage with more than 70 programs in September. Throughout the month, enjoy lectures, films, cooking demonstrations and performance programs for all ages at every library location.

swanaIn recent years, the Library has celebrated Middle Eastern Heritage. In order to recognize more of our residents and the region, we are renaming our celebration SWANA. Many universities are adopting this language for use with their Middle Eastern studies programs. Southwest Asian and North African is a way to describe the region in a geographical, non-political, non-religious and non-Eurocentric way.

During SWANA, view a collection of outstanding short films from the Arab Film Festival, listen to beats by Opium Sabbah, son of the legendary Algerian DJ Cheb I Sabbah, attend calligraphy demonstrations, learn about traditional Palestinian garb and attend a presentation about the role and status of Muslim women today. Fantastic food programs include sampling dishes by Chef Aliza with her unique Israeli spice blends, Palestinian food tastings and hummus making classes.

For younger audiences, enjoy Arabic dances by Heaven Mousalem and a special performance by the Shahrzad Dance Company. More live performances include Leila’s Quest for Flight presented by the Golden Thread Fairytale Players and cultural performances by the Kidswork Touring Theatre. Teens can get an exclusive sneak peek of a teen written-and-produced podcast about contemporary Muslim fashions with the de Young Museum’s Teen Advisory Board. Local baker Nora Takouat teaches families how to make authentic Algerian desserts, and the library brings out the bike-powered blender to whip up tasty batches of hummus.

View the SWANA program guide.

With SWANA, we hope that our residents from this region recognize that San Francisco welcomes and celebrates them. We also hope all our residents learn something new, have their curiosity stoked, and enjoy our varied programs. Learn more at sfpl.org/SWANA.

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Best of Arab Shorts – Sept. 22, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

World Music with Opium Sabbah – Sept. 1, 1:15 p.m., Park Branch Library
Calligraphy Demonstration and Performance – Sept. 22, 2 p.m., Marina Branch Library
Palestinian Dress – Sept. 8, 3 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library

Muslim Women beyond the Stereotypes – Sept. 29, 2 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
Shahrzad Dance Company – Sept. 5, 3 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library

Leila’s Quest for Flight – Sept. 21, 3 p.m., Portola Branch Library
Algerian Sweet Treats – Sept. 20, 4 p.m., Sunset Branch Library

Sneak Peak: Contemporary Muslim Fashions Teen Podcast – Sept. 22, 2 p.m., The Mix at SFPL

 

Music, Dances & Traditions of Southwest Asia to North Africa by the Kidswork Touring Theatre
Sept. 22, 11 a.m., Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center
Sept. 22, 1:30 p.m., Parkside Branch Library
Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library
Sept. 23, 1 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library
Sept. 23, 3:30 p.m., Merced Branch Library

 

Arabic Dance with Heaven Mousalem
Sept. 8, 11 a.m., Mission Bay Branch Library
Sept. 8, 2 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
Sept. 13, 3:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library
Sept. 15, 11 a.m., Mission Branch Library
Sept. 15, 2 p.m., Marina Branch Library
Sept. 29, 3 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library

Israeli Spice Blending with Chef Aliza
Sept. 1, 1 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
Sept. 1, 3:30 p.m., Bayview Branch Library
Sept. 29, 1 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch Library
Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., Ortega Branch Library

 

Palestinian Food Tasting with Chef Nikki
Sept. 15, 12 p.m., Ingleside Branch Library
Sept. 15, 3 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library
Sept. 29, 1 p.m., West Portal Branch Library
Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., Presidio Branch Library

 

Hummus Making Classes & Middle Eastern Snack Trials
Sept. 4, 7 p.m., Parkside Branch Library
Sept. 6, 2 p.m., Excelsior Branch Library
Sept. 9, 4 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library
Sept. 15, 2 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library
Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m., Portola Branch Library
Sept. 17, 3 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library
Sept. 25, 3:30 p.m., Bayview Branch Library
Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m., Richmond Branch Library

 

SWANA Program Guide

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