2nd Annual Portland Mid East Camp - music, dance, sustainability
June 19 - 22, 2014
The Portland Mid East Camp is a three-day event at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley (10 miles from Portland's center) which includes music and dance classes from world-renowned teachers in Mid Eastern maqam, percussion, violin, nay, kanun, oud, keyboard, music history, traditional folk dance, and belly dance styles including Cabaret, Tribal, Folkloric, ritual and fusion. There will be two full days of classes as well as three nights of concerts and dance parties. All classes are open to all levels, no prior experience necessary. Dancer signups each night will give dancers the opportunity to dance with an authentic live band! Priority for dancer sign-ups will be given to 3-day pass-holders first, then day pass holders.
Food will be included in the price this year!! Organic catering, to make things easier on us all. Vegetarian and gluten free options available. There will be sustainable living vendors as well as music and dance accessory vendors. Accommodations are field and forest Gypsy Village camping spaces and a limited number of RV spaces.
This camp is an event that not only connects us to an ancient and primal sacred dance/music ritual, but also opens and enlightens us culturally. At a time when many of the Mid Eastern arts are being destroyed in the Mid East (as we speak!!) both by wars and ignorance, we have this chance to celebrate the beauty of these art forms and support the artists who are keeping them alive outside the war zones.
The Portland Oregon Middle Eastern music and bellydance scene has been growing and blossoming, especially in the last ten years. Artists from around the country (and the world) have been feeling the call of the water, of the green forests, of the community of artists in this lovely region. How fitting, in this green city, to have an ecological theme, paying homage to the Earth that all cultures share.
Come camp with us, dance all day and night, enjoy organic/sustainable food and lovely people!!
More info is available at www.portlandmideastcamp.com