Syria: An evening of poetry and music - Thursday, May 3rd

Starting on May 03, 2018 6:30 pm
Online ticketing is available up until 45 minutes before each show. Tickets can then be purchased at the door.
  • 6:30 pm – Early Show – Live: Syria: An evening of poetry and music - Presented by: Syrian Ghada Alatrash and Aya Mhana
  • 8:15 pm – Late Show – Film: My Enemy, My Brother – After film discussion with director Ann Shin

Reception with complimentary Arabic food and refreshments between shows, with the purchase of a ticket!

Ghada Alatrash and Aya Mhana are two Syrian women representing Syria through their translated Arabic poetry and Syrian music. They speak and sing their beloved homeland in Arabic and English, and they engage art as a language to narrate themes of love, passion, pain, loss, resilience and hope for their beloved country.

Ghada Alatrash is a Syrian-Canadian doctoral candidate, sessional instructor and research assistant in Educational Research at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her current research speaks to the lived experience of the Syrian Diaspora in Canada. She is the author of Stripped to the Bone: Portraits of Syrian Women and she has recently been invited to speak on her book as a TEDx speaker. She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Oklahoma. She has also been profiled in several media including CBC, PBS, BBC, Aljazeera,and Gulf News, among others.

Aya Mhana is a Syrian Oud player, singer, musician, composer and songwriter. Aya also worked as an elementary school teacher in Sweida, Syria. She volunteered for a number of years for the Red Crescent in Syria during the recent years of the tragic Syrian war. She has been hosted on different media outlets including CBC, Calgary Arabia, CJSW’s People’s Music.

There will be no group discounts available for this event.


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