Mahmoud Darwish (1941 -2008) poetry night

Mahmoud Darwish (1941 -2008): Commemoration in Poetry
In conjunction with the Rouge Poetry Summer Slam
Tuesday, August 9 (9:00 – 11:00 pm)
Rouge Lounge
10111-117 Street
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On August 9, 2008 Palestine and the world lost a powerful and incomparable voice for justice with the passing of Palestine’s national poet, Mahmoud Darwish. His poetry explored life and politics, using words that sought to change history and to humanize. Join PSN in commemorating the life and words of Mahmoud Darwish and gaze into a selection of his classical Arabic-style writings, which have certainly not been lost in translation. A number of his poems will be presented as part of the Breath in Poetry Collective‘s Rouge Poetry Summer Slam on August 9.

The evening will feature a set of local poets performing original works of poetry, followed by 20 minutes of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry and concluding with another set of original works. Accompanying the selected readings from Darwish will also premiere the first poem written by the late Dr. Ibrahim Abu-Rabi, the Islamic studies chair at the University of Alberta, which many mourned the loss of last month.

The evening is presented in collaboration with the Breath in Poetry Collective, and there is a $5 cover charge for the poetry slam.

If you are interested in competing in the poetry slam portion of the night by reading your own poetry, visit the Breath in Poetry Collective website for poetry slam rules and details.

Sorry, no minors.

People For Palestine fundraiser

People for Palestine Fundraiser
Monday, August 1 (Doors at 6:30 pm, program starts at 7:00 pm, dinner (iftar) at 9:30 pm)
Mirage Banquet Hall
360, 8170-50 Street
Dinner and presentation: $20

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This fundraising event, organized by People for Palestine and hosted by Islamic Relief Canada, includes a silent auction, a panel of speakers and a Q+A session, followed by a short presentation on the current state of Palestine.

The event will end with a fundraiser along with dinner at 9:30 pm (because of Ramadan observances), and a chance to win a trip to Palestine.

More details are available on the People for Palestine website.

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

Earth’s General Store (9605-82 Avenue)
Al Rashid Mosque (13070-113 Street)
Rahma Mosque (MAC Center) (6102-172 Street)

For information email

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