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Dynamic downtown Toronto venue to celebrate one year of arts and culture for peace and justice

January 25, 2011

Beit Zatoun (House of Olive), an art gallery and culture space in downtown Toronto, is celebrating its first anniversary! Already, Beit Zatoun has made its mark on the landscape, having been adopted by Toronto's activist community as a home for meaningful conversation, exhibition and exploration.

Beit Zatoun hosts and programs art and culture events dealing with issues of social justice, human rights and peace. The work of Beit Zatoun raises awareness of the situation in Israel/Palestine within the wider context and related issues with diverse communities in Toronto.

In the past year, Beit Zatoun has been filled with voices – in performance and in conversation. It has been
the site of visual art installations, music (from classical and punk to Middle Eastern), poetry and spoken word, theatre, films, community fundraisers, workshops, book launches and fair trade events, among many others. Events have been hosted by a range of organizations, including Palestinian, Lebanese, First Nations, Filipino, Latin American, East Indian, East African, Caribbean, Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Queer communities. The list continues to grow.

Highlights of the past year at Beit Zatoun include: Rick Salutin in conversation with Dr. Izzeldine Abuelaish, events associated with the Toronto Palestine Film Festival, International Poetry of Resistance Festival and Jewish women's activism; a retrospective of 10 years of Palestine solidarity and activism in Toronto; an interactive installation on Filipino migrant and domestic labour in Ontario; screenings of independent films and videos; the hosting of a Passover meal; and a workshop on law for non-profits and charities.

To celebrate these achievements and to help launch another year of exciting events, Beit Zatoun will mark its first anniversary at home, 612 Markham St. (in Mirvish Village), on Saturday, February 5, 2011.
Performers include those returning and new to Beit Zatoun from across many genres and communities:

Sarv Ensemble, Persian traditional instruments; Joseph Maviglia, accompanied poetry; Zainab Amadahy and Bonita Lawrence, First Nations traditional women's hand drum songs; Karim Sultan, oud; Sheniz Janmohamed, spoken word; Maryem Hassan Tollar and Roula Said; and Suleiman Warwar, Middle Eastern percussion.

Members of the media are invited to a lively evening of music, poetry and invigorating community.

WHAT: First Anniversary Open House at Beit Zatoun
WHEN: Saturday February 5, 2011 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
VENUE: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway) Toronto
INFO: (647) 726-9500 / /

For more information contact:
Robert Massoud
Beit Zatoun
Phone: 905-884-0124

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