Taybeh Oktoberfest to rock the West Bank this weekend
Nadim Khoury and David Khoury, co-founders of Taybeh Brewing Company, announce the 14th annual Taybeh Oktoberfest will take place at the Taybeh Brewery, on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 & 9, from 1 pm until 11 pm on both days.
The festival has been a unique and traditional event in the region since 2005 when it was initiated collaboratively with the community while David Khoury was serving as mayor of Taybeh. The 1 pm opening on Saturday, September 8, will feature Hungarian Music with Live Act Folk, fusion of Hungarian folk songs, modern jazz and beatbox; Raya Palestinian Dance Troup and Special guest Aldo Brasil, singer & composer from Brazil.
“Taybeh Oktoberfest is a distinctive way to promote Palestinian culture and heritage not just the first micro-brewed beer in the Middle East and the new boutique wines with the Nadim label. Music groups in past years from Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil and many others countries reflected a musical cultural exchange,” stated David Khoury.
Master Brewer Canaan Khoury will have limited special brews released just for Oktoberfest: Arabic Coffee Nitro Stout; Shatta Ale with locally grown hot pepper; Double IPA; Spontaneous Fern aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Barrel from Taybeh Winery and Palestinian Herbal Lager with za’atar, sage , sumac and anise. The Taybeh Beer competition will continue to be a favorite with the first lady brewer of Palestine, Madees Khoury.
Entertainment will include alternative music with Ghazall from Nazareth; Bashar Murard, pop music; Zaid Hilal Band/Bethlehem, party rock with oriental flavor; Ahmed Marwan, former Arab Idol semi-finals; Rap music by Elie Kawas for new talent and Synaptik-Palestinian-Jordanian rapper. Return all-time favorites: DAM-Palestinian Hip-Hop; MINA Band – Palestinian Traditional Music w/Nazal Zanayed; Ramallah Band w/Jack Tanous and Alrowwad Cultural & Arts Society with several local dance groups.
Children’s activities: Puppet making and storytelling with Rinad: face painting with clowns; Meeting with Sponge Bob, Dora and the trolls; Henna body art (tattoos) and variety of games. Visitors can escape the crowds and view Palestinian art exhibited at the lobby of the Taybeh Golden Hotel by prominent Palestinian artists, Sliman Mansour, Nabil Anani, and Tayseer Barakat. Taybeh Oktoberfest is the perfect way to spend your weekend in Palestine. A camping night with campfire is a new addition to the Oktoberfest celebration.
For additional information contact Dr. Maria C. Khoury.
Tel: 0599-318-347 or 02-289-9440
For interviews contact Nadim Khoury or David Khoury at Tel: 0599-371-105
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Palestine Christian Writer, Blogger at St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Maria (Kouremenou) Khoury is the author of Orthodox Christian children's books including Christina Goes to the Holy Land, walking the footsteps of Christ. She is a graduate of Hellenic College (1982), Harvard University (1985) and Boston University (1992) with a doctor of education degree. Born in Tripoli, Greece, she was raised in Denver, Colorado. On Dec 31, 2009 she was included on the top 4 Human Rights Champions list by DC Human Rights Examiner including the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Hilary Clinton.
Maria is the author of Witness in the Holy Land (distributed by www.HolyCrossBookstore.com), a publication reflecting personal experiences living under military occupation with her husband the former Mayor of Taybeh, David Canaan Khoury and three children Elena, Canaan, and Constantine. Her articles have been published world-wide in numerous newspapers and magazines and have been translated to various languages bringing awareness of the Christian presence in the Holy Land.
Maria Khoury has been the Taybeh Oktoberfest organizer since 2005.She divides her time between her homes in Boston and Taybeh, travels throughout the world promoting the Christina Books and making presentations about the dwindling Christian community in Palestine.She encourages people to stay at the new Taybeh Golden Hotel and experience rural life in Palestine.
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