Hafla on the Hill

Dunya’s Hafla on the Hill bi-monthly music and dance charity event based in north London.

Day of the Girl – Body Image

Celebrate International Day of the Girl by joining us at Hafla on the Hill on Oct 19th supporting Rosa. Get ready to participate in our raffle quiz featuring this girl’s empowerment fact.

BODY IMAGE – More than half (54%) of 3rd-5th grade girls worry about their appearance and 37% worry about their weight. More than half (57%) of music videos feature a female portrayed exclusively as a decorative, sexual object.

Watch this video on influences in the media about body image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei6JvK0W60I&feature=related

Day of the Girl – Economic Justice

Celebrate International Day of the Girl by joining us at Hafla on the Hill on Oct 19th supporting Rosa. Get ready to participate in our raffle quiz featuring this girl’s empowerment fact.

 

ECONOMIC JUSTICE – 2 in 3 people on the UK National Minimum Wage are women. All women in the UK should have the opportunity for economic stability and success in their lives.

 

More women than ever before are earning now – but usually far less than men, even if they’re doing the same job. Women also lose out when it comes to moving up the career ladder or having flexible working options. Girls from disadvantaged backgrounds find it hardest of all to get ahead. And lack of affordable childcare keeps talented women out of the job market altogether.

 

Watch this TED video on ‘why we have too few women leaders’ by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO. http://www.ted.com/talks/sheryl_sandberg_why_we_have_too_few_women_leaders.html

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Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Egyptian cuisine has been influenced by different civilizations that it came into contact over the centuries. Here is a top 10 list of some of the most popular Egyptian dishes, including Kushari, which is considered to be Egypt’s national dish with pasta, tomato sauce, rice, lentils, caramelized onions, garlic and chickpeas. http://listverse.com/2011/10/28/top-10-delicious-and-unique-egyptian-foods/

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Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Cairo, Egypt’s capital city is home to Africa’s only subway. The first trains started running approximately 20 years ago, and the system has been gradually expanded. Today, the two subway lines carry 2.5 to 3 million people every day.  It has 53 stations and over 65 kilometers of track.  For more information about this transportation innovation, visit this link. http://www.urbanrail.net/af/cairo/cairo.htm

Egyptian Week 2012 – Baladi Urban Music & Guy Schalom Facts

Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Baladi as a musical style is Egypt’s urban music of the mid-20th Century.  Egyptian musicians were exposed to a variety of Western instruments such as the accordion, saxophone and trumpet, which gives Baladi its distinct sound.  Baladi music developed with the dance style, which were performed at weddings and social gatherings.  The musical structure consists of samples of melody drawn from folk, classical and Sha’abi styles.  When these parts of melody are connected, they produce a complex improvisation known as ‘Ashra Baladi’. Non-professional dancers performed Ashra Baladi to demonstrate their attractiveness and social status. Famous artists that perform Baladi include: Samir Serour, Samy El Bably, Mustafa Sax, Sheiha, Hassan Abdel Seoud, Sheik Taha, Farouk Salama, and Guy Schalom & the Baladi Blues Ensemble. Dunya presented ‘The Essence of Egypt’ with UK-based Guy Schalom in July 2012 to learn more about Egyptian music and plan to offer a workshop in ‘Ashra Baladi’ in 2012/13. Here is a video of Guy Schalom & the Baladi Blues Ensemble demonstrating a taste of Baladi. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeqMHrul5tU

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Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Egypt is home to 7 World Heritage Sites. Egypt has the third most World Heritage sites in Africa and the third most in the Arab World. The cultural heritage sites located in Egypt are: Abu Mena, Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis, Historic Cairo, Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur, Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae, and Saint Catherine Area. The only natural heritage site in Egypt is Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley). Visit the UNESCO site for details. http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/eg

Egyptian Week 2012 – Arabian Dance Theatre & Bedouin Facts

Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

In 2011, UK-based Arabian Dance Theatre shared Bedouin culture in a theatre production called ‘Under the Sun’ after Tara Lee Oakley, the show’s producer, and Shafeek Ibrahim, the director, travelled to South Sinai in Egypt to study the life and culture of the Bedouins. They spent every day with local families; learning their traditional forms of dance, attending weddings, meeting a medicine man and tribal leaders. They discovered how life was changing for the younger Bedouins and how modern day life brought many contradictions for their culture. ‘Under the Sun’ was inspired by an 18 year old Bedouin girl they lived with in Dahab called Aisha, a girl who was adamant to follow her dreams even if it meant being the talk of the tribe and being excluded from her family.

Arabian Dance Theatre will present their 5th production in October 2012 called ‘Be Here Now’ that is inspired by modern Arabic dance and culture in light of the recent Arab Spring movement – sponsored by the UK Arts Council. Here is a link to Al Alamia’s coverage of ‘Under the Sun’ (in Arabic) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxDHuW6SuWg and the Arabian Dance Theatre website which will shortly provide details of ‘Be Here Now’: http://www.arabiandancetheatre.com/.

Egyptian Week 2012 – Post-Revolution Media Facts

Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

CNN’s Inside the Middle East featured the evolution of Egypt’s Media after the Egyptian Revolution in 2011. People have broken the ‘fear barrier’ and young people are making an impact as protesters and play an increasingly important role in the media. Egyptian State TV has introduced political debates in lieu of tranquil images of the Nile River. New Internet radio stations have emerged and share revolutionary music and satire to engage with Egyptians in Egypt and abroad. Print press has evolved as they focus more on stories talking about the future and feature the ‘movers and shakers’ – the people – in lieu of celebrities.  It’s been a dynamic and historic time in Egypt. Watch the ‘Inside the Middle East’ video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXF0QaJxnrc

Egyptian Week 2012 – Fifi Abdou Facts

Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Cairo-born Fifi Abdou is a famous Egyptian raks sharki (bellydance) dancer and actress known for her energetic and engaging style full of personality and stage presence. She was a star during the Post-Classic Period of Bellydance (1960-1989).  Her technique and style consists of deep muscle work, layering in the hips, mastering weight changes in the feet, and her dynamic shimmies earned her the title of ‘Queen of the Shimmy’. Here is a video of one of her fantastic performances demonstrating her amazing shimmies and personality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pjedXhCJo4&list=PLD2CBD48CCE38A5AC&index=5&feature=plpp_video

 

Egyptian Week 2012 – Ancient Egypt Facts

Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Ancient Egyptian civilization is considered one of the greatest in the ancient world. Egyptian innovations included creating early forms of arithmetic, writing (hieroglyphics), inventing the 365-day calendar, and building amazing monuments and structures such as the pyramids of Giza without modern technology to ensure ‘immortality’ for their pharaohs. This National Geographic video shares a glimpse into ancient Egypt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdtgX9ORiW4