The Donegal Intercultural Platform presents ‘Café Arabia’ at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on Saturday 15th December at 2pm. Café Arabia celebrates UN World Arabic Language Day (WALD). First established by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2010, the day celebrates the Arabic language and promotes cultural diversity.
It is celebrated all around the world as a means to promote cultural understanding and encourage dialogue among people who speak different languages. Organisations and governments hold cultural events that showcase the history and richness of the language. The Arabic language is a pillar of the cultural diversity of humanity. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, used daily by more than 290 million people.
In the diversity of its forms, classic or dialectal, from oral expression to poetic calligraphy, the Arabic language has given rise to a fascinating aesthetic, in fields as varied as architecture, poetry, philosophy and song. It gives access to an incredible variety of identities and beliefs and it’s history reveals the richness of it’s links with other languages. Arabic has played a catalytic role in knowledge, promoting the dissemination of Greek and Roman sciences and philosophies to Renaissance Europe. It has enabled a dialogue of cultures along the silk roads, from the coast of India to the Horn of Africa.
Café Arabia at the Regional Culture Centre brings a fusion of Arabic food, costume, poetry and writing along with the beautiful airs and strings of international fiddler Martin McGinley and the guitarist extraordinaire Ted Ponsomby. There will traditional henna painting and a chance to sample the cuisine and take part in entertaining conversation tables. It will be a colourful and memorable day which will take you on a cultural journey down a Donegal silk road! Come along, enjoy and fill the senses. Everyone welcome and admission is free. Children are also welcome if accompanied. This initative is supported by Donegal County Council Arts Office, Donegal Resettlement Programme (DLDC) and Donegal Intercultural Platform