On Dabke Nights, we mix traditions and modern culture and bring everything together on the dancefloor. The night comes with a few basic ingredients: live band & Dabke, a workshop Dabke to get you started, a buffet with the best of Syrian mezze, shisha (if allowed) and DJ Matrub to make you dance to Dabke beats and breaks until you drop. The Dabke Nights come in smaller or bigger events, from 150-650 people. We work with a large network of musicians and try to open the stage for differents talents, local or international. Currently we organise Dabke Nights all over the country, and team up on regular basis with o.a venues: TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht), Paard (The Hague) and Het Huis (Utrecht). but are always interested to collaborate and find new places to celebrate diversity.
We have been hosting many Dabke workshops the last year, at the Voorkamer (Utrecht), Mezrab (Amsterdam), ISS Wageningen and in dB's, Parnassos and TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht). And we love to do more! Contact us any time for a professional workshop hosted by experienced dancers and a teacher that will make you dabke after only ten minutes.
A Dabke workshop offers the basic introduction of Dal3ona Dabke and other variations if possible, for anybody who wants to join. No dancing experience needed.
We aim to show you a bit of Arabic/Syrian culture and get you excited to join our next Dabke Night, where you will be dancing all night long. And that's a promise.
Interested in contacting us for a Dabke workshop? send us an email for more information.
On June 15 2017, we marked the start of Global Week for Syria and Utrecht is joining in with a public flashmob and public Dabke lesson. We are new neighbours from all over the world. We danced dabke together to show integration is a two way street and can also be a lot of fun. After only a few minutes, people in the streets where joining in for their first time Dabke, or re-living the joy of dancing Dabke. Would you like to mobilise people to celebrate diversity, reach a different audience and build bridges between Western and non-Western culture? You can always contact us for advise, creative ideas or a collaboration.
Photos taken by Aziz Kawak
The Dabke nights and workshops are organised by the foundation Dreaming of Syria. Dreaming of Syria was founded in 2016 by Tamer Alalloush and Iris Loos who made a joint effort to show another side of Syria but also celebrate diversity by organising events that attracts both Dutch and Syrian people. The motto is that "integration is a two way street" and need an effort and some curiousity from both sides. With Dabke Nights, we offer a fun and new way of getting to know your new neighbours. It might sound simple, but dancing Dabke while holding hands is surely a way to connect in a positive way. And before you know it, you will be dancing Dabke like it's nobody's business.