The Event Master of Ceremony Ahmad Danny Ramadan
Ramadan is an award-winning author, storyteller and LGBTQ+ Refugees activist.
He started the Evening in Damascus in 2015 as a community-led fundraiser and it grew since with the support of sponsors, organizers and volunteers to raise over $100,000 in total.
7:00pm Doors Open + Welcoming Drink
The doors of the Terminal City Club open to welcome the guests of Damascus to our event.
Upon arrival, each guest will enjoy a visit to the Photo Booth, as well as a complementary drink of Prosecco, or your choice of non-alcoholic drink.
Between 7:00pm to 8.30pm: Oud Playing
Bèro was born in Latakia, Syria. He comes from a musical family where his father plays the Oud and his grandfather is a locally known folk singer in Syria. He founded Tishreen University band and he played with Vancouver Inter-cultural Orchestra, Laoadessa band, and Trhal band to name a few.
He currently attempts to revive Arabic music at UBC by leading a Middle Eastern Music Circle for students in the Arab students Association at UBC. With such an epic sound fusing jazz with Middle Eastern traditional music, Bero Saker’s years of experience in playing the Oud come to impress the audience again and again.
7:30pm Land Acknowledgement
We wish to acknowledge the ancestral, traditional and unceded Aboriginal territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, and in particular, the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
As newcomers, we truly cherish this land we came to uninvited, and we walk softly on its beautiful roads, aware of the privilege we carry to find safety, prosperity and welcoming on Turtle Island.
7:35pm A word from our Presenting Sponsor – RBC
Royal Bank of Canada stepped up this year to provide the Evening in Damascus with support that allowed us to grow into the elegant and welcoming event we are today.
7:40pm: a word from Rainbow Refugee
Thanks to Rainbow Refugee Society, dozens of refugees from across the world are settling in Vancouver, across BC and throughout Canada. Let’s celebrate this organization of volunteers and the work they do.
7:45pm Tayybeh: A Celebration of Syrian Cuisine
Tayybeh promises this year to bring you new and exciting Syrian dishes. We tripled the amount of food from previous years and expanded the menu to include dishes you’ve never seen before.
Please note that this is a cocktail seating arrangement and number of seats are limited to those who need them.
8:15pm Rahel: the mesmerizing belly dancer
Belly dancing, as an art, is rooted into Middle Eastern and Syrian celebrations, and Rahel is bringing her talent and moves to showcase that wonderful Eastern art in the heart of Vancouver.
8:30pm: The Drag Queens of Vancouver
Three drag queens, famous for their wonderful talents of lip-syncing and impersonation, will put the fun in fundraising and present their artistic side to you.
8:45pm: Surprises, announcements and wonderful stories
You think we will tell you all of our secrets before the Evening in Damascus? You thought wrong.
Special guests are joining us on the stage, storytelling about Syria from the experiences of our new siblings in the community of Vancouver, and surprise announcements aplenty.
9:30pm: Raffle ticket and Silent Auction announcements
The winner of our Raffle ticket, and the lucky attendees who won our silent auction items are announced.
9:30pm-11pm: Together, we celebrate and dance the night away.
Copyright 2019 - Danny Ramadan