6 Years of Queer Middle Eastern and North African Faboulousness – May 14
Lets Celebrate Six Years of Tarab NYC! On Monday, May 14th, join Tarab NYC for a special extended Happy Hour and Mixer at Henrietta Hudson. Join us as we celebrate six years of dance parties, mixers, picnics, community discussions, support groups, dance classes, film screenings, beach parties, protests, workshops, QPOC collaborations, and so much more.
Dabke For Your Life – Tarab NYC Dabke 101 – May 19
The time has come for you to Dabke for your life! Tarab NYC is partnering with the amazing Freedom Dabke Troupe to offer a Dabke 101 Class. Whether you have never danced Dabke or you would like to improve your skills, this class is for you! The Class will begin with the basics of Dabke then slowly build upon your dabke skills.
No experience necessary. The class is for all genders.
Save The Date – LGBTQ Iftar June 7th!
Join Tarab NYC and break your fast with an Iftar dinner during the holy month of Ramadan, hosted at The Center in partnership with other organizations serving members of the LGBTQ Muslim community. The evening is meant to create a safe space for all community members, while also celebrating unity within LGBTQ communities of faith.
On Thursday May 17th, Tarab NYC Board Members Hilal, Nick, and Wardeh will be at the LGBT Center Immigration Fair. Join us at Queens Pride on June 3rd, Brooklyn Pride on June 9th, & NYC Pride on June 24th! We will also be collaborating with our fellow QPOC orgs to put on another fabulous Color Me Queer on the evening of June 24th. Last but not least, we want to thank all that donated to send members of our board to the NQAPIA national conference! With your help we raised $1090 and will be able to send up to four board members to the NQAPIA National Conference in San Francisco where we are excited to present on Orientalism, Digital Organizing, Pinkwashing, Islamophobia, and more. We will also be holding space for a Queer MENA caucus at the conference.
Tarab NYC Board
To support our goal of providing visibility and a voice for our community, we will be sending 4 board members to the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) conference this July! The conference, which takes place every 3 years, provides a platform for local LGBTQ groups to come together, share experience, learn, educate, and empower one another in the American LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islander community.
From this Monday (4/16) to Sunday (4/22) we are having a fundraising drive to raise money for conference registration fees and travel costs. Your donation will allow Tarab NYC board members to register and represent the MENA community and the first $500 will be matched by NQAPIA so donate today!
At the conference, we will facilitate workshops for our friends and allies on Orientalism, Digital Organizing, Pinkwashing, Islamophobia, and more. We will also be holding space for a Queer MENA caucus at the conference.
We cannot do this important work without your support, please make a donation today!
Thanks to everyone that joined us for the More Gardens Chahar Shanbe Suri last week and just this past Tuesday for our first ever Nowruz event, the Nowruz Celebration! We will continue to relect the diversity of our Queer MENA community in our programming and we hope you enjoyed it all! Check out our Facebook page for photos soon!
Team Tarab NYC at the Gaza 5K
Join Tarab NYC team at Gaza 5K and Dabke party on Saturday, March 24. We are running, walking, and dancing for mental health with UNRWA USA at the #Gaza5K Team Tarab NYC has already raised more than $3000! Learn More
Join Tarab NYC at the NQAPIA Catalyst Dinner
NQAPIA’s annual New York City Community Catalyst Awards will be on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Joy Luck Palace in Chinatown. Join the Tarab NYC table at the New York City Community Catalyst Awards! Tickets are $85 for Community Members – If you would like to attend but cannot afford the ticket price, please contact us to discuss further. Buy Your Tickets Now!
Dabke for your Life – New Dabke Instructional Series!The time has come for you to Dabke for your life! Tarab NYC is partnering with the amazing Freedom Dabke Troupe to offer a 5 part series, teaching participants Dabke. The series will begin with a 101 class on April 7th, followed by 4 additional classes, each building your dabke skills incrementally on April 21st, May 5th, May 19th and June 2nd. No experience necessary. This series of classes is for all genders. Learn More
Discussion and Support Group Will Return Soon!
Our support group for LGBTQ persons from the MENA region will relaunch soon. We are currently looking for affordable space to continue holding the important program. Have any suggestions? Email us.
Tarab NYC is happy to announce our first ever Nowruz celebration! Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. Join us on Tuesday, March 20th as we celebrate Nowruz with Iranian, Kurdish, Assyrian, Azeri and Afghani music, performances by Mark Balahadia and Arian, and more!
Please note: While many of our events are free or donation based, there will be a $10 ($5-$15 sliding scale) cover charge to help compensate the performers and to cover our costs. Happy hour prices until 9pm for everyone that purchases a ticket online or at the door.
Get your tickets today!
Tarab NYC Joins More Gardens for Chahar Shanbe Suri
Tuesday, March 13th – 6PM – Lower East side
Join us for our first event to celebrate Nowruz: Chahar Shanbe Suri, the Persian fire-jumping festival! We will be joining More Gardens for a transformational fire jumping night in a Lower East Side community garden celebrating the Festival of Fire to usher in the spring! Learn More!
Tarab NYC Nowruz Celebration
طرب نیویورک جشن نوروزی
Monday, March 19th – 6PM – Henrietta Hudson (Village)
Tarab NYC is happy to announce our first ever Nowruz celebration! Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. While Nowruz may not technically take place until the 21st, there is no reason why we can’t celebrate a little early! 😉 Join us on Monday, March 19th as we celebrate Nowruz with Iranian, Kurdish, Assyrian, Azeri and Afghani music, performances, and more! Get Tickets!
We look forward to seeing you at one or both of our Nowruz events soon!
Nowruz Pirooz from the Tarab NYC Board!