YallaPunk Fest and Conference

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Lately, there have been many troubling items in the news. Hate crimes are being committed against those of middle eastern descent due to widespread Islamophobia and bigotry. There also seems to be a widespread misunderstanding of Arab, Persian and MENA culture as a whole. Some have made light of the situation with insensitive headlines that don't exactly contribute to the cause, but I digress...

I'm writing you as a concerned creative Arab that is frightful of what the future holds for my people. I'm also writing you as the founder of YallaPunk festival and conference , an annual event to showcase the creative side of Arabs, Persians and MENA individuals.

This year, the event is set to take place in Philadelphia September 1-3 in Fishtown. With over 20 bands around the country and globally already showing interest, the entertainment portion will definitely be robust. We're including filmmakers, comedians, and artists as well.

In addition to entertainment, the conference portion will include speaker panels, breakout discussions, and workshops. There will be an "ally" track and a "support" track. The first track will include general education about the culture, targeting those who have never been exposed to it. The second track will include safe spaces for discussions. Topics to explore include “Arab isn’t always Muslim and Muslim isn’t always Arab”, “What does it mean to be creative and MENA? and other challenges”, “Not your novelty product: How to sincerely market your creative work nationally and internationally”, "Intro to Maqam", "House & Home: on kinship and memory" and much more.

Venues we have received a commitment from so far include Johnny Brenda's, Ulises bookstore and Icebox Project Space at the Crane Arts Building.

YallaPunk is meant to showcase the creative side of our community. There will be dancing, there will be laughter, there will be connections made that will last a lifetime. Please consider supporting YallaPunk this year.
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Tickets are now on sale! We'd love to sell out of early bird tickets so we won't have to sell full-price tickets, secure your spot today! http://generocity.org/philly/2017/08/03/yallapunk-tickets-sale-cultureworks-greater-philadelphia/
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So we've gotten a little bit of money, enough to make sure the event won't be canceled and we're really grateful! But we still need to raise more to make sure we can make all the programming we've put together can still go on. We've been tirelessly working with our volunteers who have been gracious enough to donate their time! Here's a link to the schedule: https://yallapunk.com/schedule/
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Please count us in as a part of your weekend spending! For example:

1) Check your social media notifications
2) Grab dinner at your favorite restaurant
3) Donate to YallaPunk
4) See live music
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Wow, we're FLOORED. We just made it over $2000 in donations. We really appreciate your support this far, but we still need to keep going! Donate and if you are unable to, be sure to share with someone who can. With your help, we can make this event a reality this fall. We can't do this without you.
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