Omar & Saad Al Kassab, Andalus Arabic Choir

April 19, 2017


Talk and Choir Performance

To close off our series Goethe-Institut Damascus | In Exile – Popup Sydney we present a Sunday afternoon of music and words:

We’re starting the afternoon with Syrian brothers Omar and Saad Al Kassab who are now based in Melbourne. They were 17 and 14 years old respectively when the Syr­ian uprising broke out. Omar act­ively par­ti­cip­ated in demon­stra­tion for peace, demo­cracy and end of corruption in Syria and in April of 2013, whilst study­ing engin­eer­ing at uni­vers­ity, he was arres­ted and tor­tured.

Their story includes their human­it­arian work along­side fel­low Scouts, impris­on­ment, the loss of friends and finally, their family’s escape to a new life overseas. In Aus­tralia, they have act­ively recon­nec­ted with Scouts move­ment and resumed his edu­ca­tion. Omar is now study­ing towards a Bach­elor of Busi­ness at RMIT university and giving talks in the community across Australia and Saad recently shot to fame when graduating as a Dux in one of the most prestigious Catholic School in the country and currently studying toward Biomedicine degree at the University of Melbourne.

Following this talk we will have an exclusive concert by the Sydney-based Andalus Arabic Choir conducted by Ghada Daher-Elmowy. The choir will perform "Oumsiya” which is a set that includes a broad repertoire in various dialects from Andalusia to the Middle-East crossing North-Africa. The Andalus Arabic Choir is a unique group of Arabic and Non-Arabic speaking Australians who share the love of Andalusian and Arabic music and singing.

Entry and seating are free. Capacity is limited and there is no registration process. Please arrive in time to secure a good seat.