Vibrations from Yemen: Traditional and New Sounds
7:00 PM19:00

Vibrations from Yemen: Traditional and New Sounds

The YCIHA invites you to an entertaining and informative performance that blends traditional and urban Yemeni sounds. Ravid Kahalani, an artist of Yemeni Jewish descent, will perform with Ahmed Al-Shaiba, a self-taught Yemen-born 'Oud player. Their connection to music, whether while performing original songs or covers, manifests at their energetic performances. Eaton Workshop hosts this event in DC.

About the Artists:

Ravid Kahalani (compositions & lyrics, vocals, and percussion), founded the rare combination of top musicians we now call Yemen Blues in 2010 in Tel Aviv. From the start, Ravid created an original sound that combines traditional Yemeni chants with West African beats, funk music, and blues. Ravid comes from a Yemeni Jewish Family.

Ahmed Alshaiba is a Yemeni instrumentalist who performs the 'Oud; a traditional Middle Eastern String instrument, who is now based in New York. He initially rose to prominence after posting videos of himself covering modern, Western pop songs, such as 'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran. Ahmed stated that his favorite thing about the instrument is that he must embrace it while he plays, which allows the sound to reverberate through his chest.

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Our Commitment:

The Yemen Cultural Institute for Heritage and the Arts (YCIHA) invites the residents of Washington DC area to a one of a kind performance of eclectic Yemeni beats. The YCIHA promotes Yemen's unique heritage, encourages discussion, and initiates dialogue around Yemen's cultural and artistic contribution to the world. We are committed to developing outreach programming for the preservation of Yemen's heritage. Ultimately, our mission is anchored in the promotion of peace and diversity.

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Safeguarding Yemen's Past, Present, and Future
6:00 PM18:00

Safeguarding Yemen's Past, Present, and Future

Sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University and the Yemen Cultural Institute for Heritage and the Arts (YCIHA). 


The CCAS and YCIHA invite you to the American premiere of "The Bronze Man" (25 min.) by award-winning filmmaker Khadija Al-Salami. The film documents the journey of an ancient Yemeni bronze sculpture that was restored in France and returned to Yemen. 

Following the screening, we will host an expert discussion and Q&A on the current state of Yemen’s endangered heritage with Dr. Michele Lamprakos, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland-College Park, and Dr. Alexander Nagel, Assistant Professor at the State University of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Join us and learn about Yemen’s living heritage, the threats it faces, and prospects for the future.

About the filmmaker:
Khadija Al-Salami is the first female Yemeni filmmaker with over 27 documentaries for various TV stations in France and Yemen. Her first fiction film, "I am Nojoom, age 10 and Divorced", received the Dubai Film Festival Award as well as awards at various film festivals worldwide. She contributed to “Nada: La rose De Matin,” and authored "The Tears of Sheba” with Charles Hoots; a story detailing her experiences of growing up in Yemen. She previously served as the Press Counselor and the Director of the Cultural Center at the Embassy of Yemen in Paris. She received many awards including the Prince Claus award, the Knight of the Order of Arts & Letters awarded by the French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand. She was also chosen by the Mosaic Foundation (Washington D.C.) to receive the Medal of Honor rank of Knight (Chevalier) awarded by the French President Jacques Chirac. 

About our Speakers:
Dr. Michele Lamprakos is Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, University of Maryland-College Park. Trained as an architect and historian of Islamic architecture, her research focuses on two main themes: the lives and layers of buildings and sites; and contacts between faith-cultures in the Mediterranean world. Her publications include Building a World Heritage City: Sanaa, Yemen, which received the Society of Architectural Historians’ Spiro Kostof Book Award/Honorable Mention (2018).  In 2014 she and Nancy UM (SUNY Binghamton) co-organized “Heritage and the Arab Spring,” an international symposium at the Freer Gallery of Art, which explored the role of cultural heritage in a new and shifting Middle East.   

Dr. Alexander Nagel is an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and one of the founding members of the YCIHA. Nagel curated a number of exhibitions and research projects on Yemen and the ancient Near East in Washington, D.C. A Residential Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., Nagel has presented and published widely on the theft and destruction of Yemeni heritage in scholarly journals and conferences.

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The Line between Life & Death
to Jul 13

The Line between Life & Death

  • The Rotunda at the Russell Senate Building (map)
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The Yemen Cultural Institute for Heritage and the Arts (formerly HIP Yemen) invites you to a photo exhibit formally sponsored by the honorable U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.

At the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building (SW Corner)
2 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Featuring photographers Thana Faroq, Alex Potter, Abubakr Al-Shamahi.

This exhibit, The Line Between Life & Death, documents civilian life during the armed conflict in Yemen while facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The photos reflect the trauma that Yemeni civilians have experienced in the past three years - and continue to bear every day.

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