Arab Fest returns to Knoxville for second year

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Organizers of Arab Fest said they hope to combat negative stereotypes and share their rich culture with the community.

The festival, sponsored by the Arab American Club of Knoxville, is October 22-24. It includes music, dance, food, crafts, traditional costumes and children’s activities.

“Harmful stereotypes do not exist in a vacuum. Continuously repeated, they denigrate peoples, narrow our vision and distort reality.” — Jack G. Shaheen, Ph.D.

Jack Shaheen, author of “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People,” will give the keynote address at the Baker Center. The internationally acclaimed author and former CBS news consultant on Middle East Affairs will address stereotypical images of racial and ethnic groups.

On October 23-24, food and craft vendors and music and dance performances will line the pedestrian walkway by Hodges Library on the University of Tennessee’s campus.

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For more information on Arab Fest visit the group’s Facebook page or website.


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