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Near 1400 years ago in a land known as Karbala, world history became witness to a human tragedy. A resistant collective to a corrupt government, among whom were women and children, were given one choice: to submit. They did not bow down and as a consequence in a day known as Ashura, they were tragically massacred and brutally taken as captives. The story of Karbala marks the confrontation of good and evil in middle eastern traditions and is commemorated every year in a form of rituals, prayers and artistic expressions. For the commemorators, however, the story of Karbala is not specific to a certain region, peoples or cultural traditions, rather, the battle of good and evil as exemplified in Ashura tragedy, transcends time and space. Hence it is widely held: Everyland is Karbala and Everyday is Ashura. In order to foster cultural dialogue and exchange learnings, we, a group of university students at Ottawa regions, have organized an art event showcasing a major themes related to Ashura through artistic medium on Friday Oct 18th. In a two hours show, you will watch artists perform spoken words, theater performance and inspirational talks. You are invited.
Featuring Nasim Asgari, Jamaal Jackson Rogers, the soulful poet Ali and Hafez Theatre Group and many more artists, this art event will be an amazing venue to exchange our learnings about justice, spirituality and the role of art in our lives.
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