Celebrate Lebanese Culture at August Festival
RALEIGH, NC July 16, 2014 – From belly dancing to baklava, the event Cedars in the Pines on the Plaza will be a celebration of Lebanese culture. This free festival takes place on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. With food, music, dance and activities for all ages, the event will overflow onto Bicentennial Plaza in front of the museum. The festival is co-sponsored by the Triangle Lebanese Association and the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies at N.C. State University. Parking is free on weekends.
Watch traditional Lebanese dances performed by the Triangle Lebanese Association’s nationally recognized Dabke group. Dive into delicious authentic Lebanese cuisine: gyros, falafel, hummus, baklava, and grape leaves. Visit a fortune teller, see belly dancers move to Middle Eastern music, and get your name printed in Arabic calligraphy.
There also will be henna hand painting, and children can go on a scavenger hunt to earn a Lebanese passport. Take advantage of a fun photo op too.
U.S. Representative David E. Price will be guest host of Cedars in the Pines on the Plaza. Meet Price and hear him speak at 1:45 p.m.
While at the museum, see the exhibition Cedars in the Pines to learn about Lebanese immigrants who have made North Carolina their home since the 1880s. The multimedia exhibit highlights the diverse experiences and contributions of Lebanese Americans in the state. Researched and developed by the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies at N.C. State University, Cedars in the Pines features personal stories, family photographs, home movies, letters, artifacts, and audio recordings that bring their stories to life. The exhibit will run through Aug. 31, 2014, and admission is free.
About the N.C. Museum of History
The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs. Each year more than 300,000 people visit the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, State Historic Sites, and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state, developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives of North Carolina. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.