Arts and Entertainment

Azadoota blends traditional Assyrian rhythms with contemporary music

September 2018 | By Yasmeen Altaji | Photos Contributed Sydney, Australia – Robin Zirwanda’s take on Assyrian music is far from traditional. When one mentions native music to an Assyrian anywhere in the world, the sense of nostalgia it provokes typically isn’t attached to the sound of congo beats and Latin-American rhythms….

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Assyrian Arts Institute awarded grant from California Arts Council

State program supports cultural arts initiatives June 2018 | Story Contributed | Photos Contributed Los Altos Hills, CA – The California Arts Council announced plans to grant $14,000 to the Assyrian Arts Institute as part of its Cultural Pathways program. “Organizations like the Assyrian Arts Institute keep the heritage of…


Thousands attend first annual Assyrian Food Festival in Chicago

The Assyrian Journal| September 2017 | Photos contributed | By Joe Snell Chicago –  This year, Julie Kako was determined to put on an Assyrian Food Festival in Chicago. As the Special Events Coordinator for the Assyrian Church of the East (ACOE) Chicago Diocese Executive Committee, Kako knew that the church’s…


Expansion, rebranding ushers in new AUAF era

The Assyrian Journal| August 2017 | Photos contributed | By Joe Snell Chicago – On the afternoon of May 7, Tiglat Issabey greeted Assyrians as they packed into the newly renovated Assyrian Universal Alliance Foundation (AUAF) community center in Lincolnwood, Illinois. It was the center’s grand opening, and the long road to…