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Seeking Your Prayers for Taybeh Oktoberfest

by Maria C. Khoury, Ed.D.

Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh,

We are in deep need of your prayers for God's will this weekend in our village. We pray and hope to pass this unique event peacefully and with God's blessings. For those connected with media, you are welcome to reprint, post or use our news in anyway to spread awareness of our existence. We have found a very strange thing to do in expressing non-violent action and peaceful resistance. Please pray for us that we might do things pleasing to the Lord because surely making the first micro-brewed beer on this side of the wall in a 99 percent Muslim population definitely has its sense of humor. Cheers from Taybeh for a lovely weekend to you too wherever you are and that might be in God's Heavenly Kingdom like our most dearest schoolmate Fr. Matthew Gilbert; memory eternal, may the Lord rest his soul in peace. We feel a great loss but always keep our hope in Christ.


Orignizer:  Dr. Maria C. Khoury
Tel:  0599 318 347  / (02) 289 9440  Email: 
Interviews:  Nadim Khoury/David Khoury  (Tel   0599 371 105 / 0599 316 252) 

Taybeh-Ramallah—Nadim Khoury and David Khoury, co-founders of Taybeh Brewing Company announce the remarkable 12th  annual Taybeh Oktoberfest at the Taybeh Brewery, 1pm -10 pm, Saturday and Sunday, September 24 - 25, 2016.  The festival has become one of the most popular events in the region since 2005 when it was initiated collaboratively while David Canaan Khoury was serving as mayor of Taybeh. Following the  Oktoberfest reception, the special guest of the  opening will be Speed Sister Betty Saadeh, from the first all woman race car driving team.  Taybeh is the number one destination for cultural experience with a rich diverse platform for different artists.  There is something for everyone ranging from national patriotic dance, to jazz, rock, hip-hop, rap, face painting, storytelling  and anything you can think of to please the  young at heart.  The must experience event of the year and the most amazing place to be in Palestine!             

Entertainment will include the Duo Aliada from Austria and the Superstar Laith Abu Joda from Egypt who won best rising singer in the Arab Word (2015).   A return of diverse all time favorites like DAM-Palestinian Hip-Hop; El Container / Rock Rap; Dave/Rapper – Composer who recorded his first album –Adrenalin; MINA Band - Palestinian Traditional Music w/Nazal Zanayed; Ramallah Band w/Jack Tanous; Al Raseef band which includes fusion between Arabic & Balkan music and Al Rowwad Cultural & Theater Society. New talent includes Rasha Nahas from Haifa and Singer/Composer Antranik Emerezian; Layali Al Tarab with Noura Qassis from Bethlehem and the American-Palestinian Hip Hop Duo from Nablus;  Abu Baker will film a video clip with hip-hop and rap.

Children’s activities are  maximized with Disney characters, clowns, face painting, puppet making and storytelling. Art Movement with the Brothers -  juggling and fire breathing.  Al Harrah Theater from Beit Jala will show off their Giant Puppets in a parade and a handful of dabkeh traditional dance groups including Spafford Children’s Center  will teach the crowds the national dance.   Ziad Anani from Zawyeh Gallery in Ramallah will inspire visitors to illustrate their feelings under the theme  "Express Yourself in Taybeh."                           

Visitors can escape the crowds and  view local art exhibits at the lobby of the Taybeh Golden Hotel  by  prominent Palestinian artists, Sliman Mansour, Nabil Anani, and Tayseer Barakat.  The highlight of the day will be the beer competition with the only female brewer Madees Khoury. Taybeh Oktoberfest brings you everything! It is the perfect way to spend your weekend in Palestine.