For the Love of Our Homeland was a truly unique and cultural experience. Baladna Group, a Palestinian tradition revival group presented the performance in the Algonquin commons theater on March 19. Many different nationalities were represented at the performance, both on stage and off stage.
The performance included Palestinian music and dancing. The singing was predominantly in Arabic and the music was all performed live by a band. The performers were both young and old from different countries and backgrounds but all were representing the area of Palestine with a passion for the region and its traditions.
There was an energetic anticipation before the show, many members of the audience were Arabic and they’re patriotism could be felt even before the performance started.
Quite a few of the performers’ friends and family were there to support them.
“I’m excited to see the show because I get to see all the performances and also my sister is performing. She’s performing in a lot of the songs.” said Zina Sabir in an interview before the show.
“I’m here to support the team and support one of or friends who will be singing tonight.” said Nicols Harami
The show opened with a song sung by a lone male vocalist and a slide show projected behind him on a screen. The slideshow was of different Arabic nations and their landmarks and symbols. The crowd’s patriotism swelled and they came alive with cheers. Following the song was a traditional dabke dance that put smiles on the faces of the audience as well as the performers.
“I love culture shows, I’ve seen many of their shows,” said Islam Balbaa.
The show was a true cultural showcase of traditional Palestinian heritage.