‘With Love, from Kalamazoo to Palestine’ brings Palestinian culture to Bronson Park

KALAMAZOO, MI — For a second year, “With Love, from Kalamazoo to Palestine: A Festival of Celebration and Solidarity” plans to bring the culture of Palestine to Bronson Park.

The event scheduled for 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 is intended to showcase the culture of Palestine and bring Middle Eastern food, music and art to the park in downtown Kalamazoo. The family festival is organized by Kalamazoo Non-violent Opponents of War (KNOW), WMU Arab Students Association and Friends of Palestine.

Two dance troupes hailing from Dearborn – the Mawtini Dance Troupe and the Thowra Dabke Dance Troupe – will perform traditional dances and give attendees the chance to join and learn dabke, a folk dance that originated in the Middle East.

Washington DC’s Faud Foty will also provide Middle Eastern tunes at Saturday’s festival.

Younger attendees can participate in activities and get their face painted, while adults browse vendor tables with Middle Eastern artists, jewelry and henna.

Speakers will share their family ties to Palestine and the importance of solidarity with Palestine. In a spirit of solidarity, it will be possible to make a donation to the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund.

Participants will need to bring their own lawn chairs as no seating will be provided. In the event of inclement weather, the event will move indoors and be held at the Kalamazoo Nonprofit Advocacy Coalition facility at 315 W. Michigan Ave.

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