Dec. 4-7, 2014 in Prague – International Symposium on Middle Eastern Culture

December 4, 2014 @ 9:00 am – December 7, 2014 @ 10:00 pm
Municipal Library of Prague & Fusion Hotel
Shereen/ Katerina Safrova

You absolutely must come to this amazing 4-day Symposium on Middle Eastern Culture (Dance & Music) from December 4-7, 2014 in the gorgeous city of Prague (Czech Republic).

I will be delivering 3 papers & teaching a seminar on Finger Cymbal Technique. Other luminaries of Oriental dance presenting papers will be FARIDA FAHMY, KARIN VAN NIEUWKERK, SAHRA SAEEDA, LEILA MOLAEI, AHMED AL SALHI, MARTIN STOKES, ALENA SINDELAROVA, ZUZANA NIZKA, EMAN ZAKI, MARIA AYA, LUCIE BIELICKA, FAROUK EL SAFI, BARBORA CERNA, SAHAR, RANYA & ROBERTA PIVA.

Thursday morning there will be a boat tour of Prague, then there will be an opening concert Thursday, December 4 by the Oxford Maqam Orchestra at 7pm, followed by lectures on “Dance As Community Identity: Guedra – Trance Ritual of the Blue People/ Kel Tagelmousse of the Sahara” by MOROCCO & “Zaar & Zikr – Spiritual Customs & Trance Rituals in Egypt” by SAHRA SAEEDA, followed by a Zaar ritual with live music.

You’ll have a choice of 2 lectures per time slot from 9am – 5pm Friday, Dec. 5 & Saturday Dec. 6 (4 time slots) & from 9am-12:30 Sunday, Dec. 7 (2 time slots), followed by the final exam.

Check the website for the full schedule at

Yes, there will be a dance show on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7pm, more lectures in a relaxed setting from 9-11pm, a short dance party Dec. 6 at 7pm & more fascinating talks from 8-11pm.

This is the first time something like this has been done in Europe & it will certainly be an unforgettable experience.