ArteEast Spring Benefit 2019

May 14, 2019 @ 6:30PM — 9:30PM

A festive evening of mezze, drinks and live music, supporting contemporary art and artists from the MENA region and its diasporas

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Join us for a festive evening of art and entertainment, supporting the MENA arts!

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.



View a selection of auction artworks at the May 14 Spring Benefit at Postmasters Gallery!

Since 2003, ArteEast has been the leading non-profit international arts organization presenting works by contemporary artists from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas. ArteEastʼs vision is of a thriving and sustainable arts sector in the Middle East and North Africa. Through public programming, strategic partnerships, and dynamic online publications, ArteEast is a forum for critical dialogue and exchange aimed at supporting the development of a sustainable MENA art sector. The Spring Benefit will provide vital support for ArteEast to realize this important vision.

Featuring a special performance by Nadah El Shazly

and the New York debut performance by Noma Omran

Nadah El Shazly is a singer and composer living and working in Cairo. She released her critically acclaimed debut album AHWAR in Nov 2017 via Nawa Recordings. Backing up her release with extensive worldwide touring through a solo set and a four-piece band, El Shazly has been featured in local and international festivals including Le Guess Who?, REWIRE, Best Kept Secret, Supersonic and many more. She continues to compose for film and visual art.

Two years in the making, Ahwar was composed, written and produced by El Shazly herself in collaboration with Maurice Louca and Sam Shalabi on co-composition and arrangement duties. The album was crafted across two continents, between Canada and Egypt, and features the best of Montreal's contemporary-classical and improvised music scene, most of whom are members of Shalabi's Land of Kush.

Noma Omran is a Syrian opera singer who graduated from the Damascus Conservatory in 1997 and the Janacek Academy of Brno (1999-2001). Noma is regarded as one of the greatest musical specialists today in the eastern Aramaic, Syriac and old Syrian maqâm.

Noma was the first female singer to revive the sacred ritual of Zen at the Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, with Stomu Yamashta, She has appeared at a number of acclaimed theater stages and festivals of sacred music: Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Opéra de Lille ,Bozar, the Opera de La Monnaie, Brussels,The Acropolis Greece, the Royal Northern College - Manchester England, Fez festival of Sacred Music, Morocco.

As an actress-singer, Noma has performed Violetta in the Verdi Opera "Traviata" at the Brno national Theater -Czech Republic. She played "Ishtar" and composed the music of "Gilgamesh" under the direction of Ariane Mnouchkine for the Theater of the Sun Paris.

She is also the musical composer of the film "Silvered Water," by Director Ossama Mohammed, (Cannes Film Festival 2014).

ArteEast is a registered 501c3 organization in New York State (Tax ID: 91-2187887). Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The non-deductible portion of each ticket is $40.


Omar Berrada
Nathaniel Bowditch and Eden Unger Bowditch
Lena Diab
Angela Edens
Hisham and Ola El-Khazindar
Naila Farouky
Hazem and Liz Gamal
Samar Maziad
Alexandre and Ellen Shehata

Screening Monuments & Flowers curated by Regine Basha

Highlighting selections from ArteEast’s ArteArchive, a legacy project preserving and presenting over 15 years of film and video programming by ArteEast.

A special online auction hosted by Paddle8 will be open for bidding May 7 - May 23

Preview now live!

Artists featured include*:

Rashwan Abdelbaki

Ibrahim Ahmed

Shayma Aziz

Khaled Barakeh

Judith Barry

Nidhal Chamekh

Dahlia Elsayed

Samah Hijawi

Barry Iverson

Nina Katchadourian

Bouchra Khalili

Ibrahim Khattab

Huda Lutfi

Maha Maamoun

Ahmed Morsi

Hamdy Reda

Jayce Salloum

Inas al Soqi

Khaled Takreti

Nihad al Turk

Sarp Kerem Yavuz

Shabnam Yousefian

Brooklyn Brewery
Chateau Ksara
Wine & Spirits Magazine
Senteurs d’Orient

*Lists in formation