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The third annual UT Arab Fest kicks off on Friday, October 21. The festival will include presentations from an extensive list of performers as well as cultural demonstrations.

Arab Fest, which invites students and members of the Knoxville community to learn more about Arab culture, will be held on the UT Joe Johnson and John Ward Pedestrian Walkway on October 21–22. All events are free and open to the public. The cultural fair will feature Arab food, music, crafts, dance, cooking demonstrations, and costumes.

On Friday, Oct. 21, the fair will take place from noon to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 22, from noon to 6 p.m.

Scheduled programming will be included throughout each day with children’s activity areas and booths from local Arab American-owned businesses as well as UT programs. A full schedule of the festivities can be found on the Department of Religious Studies website.

This year’s fair is presented by the Tennessee Initiative for Middle East Studies and the Arab American Club of Knoxville. It is also supported by UT’s Haslam College of Business, the Council for Diversity and Interculturalism, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Religious Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, Marco Institute, the Program in Middle East Studies, and WUOT.

For more information, please visit the Arab Fest’s Facebook page.


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