had neither family nor friends yet, and planning
for the future was not as easy as anticipated.
Cedars of Lebanon Folkloric Group
has been established in 1977 by
Elie Akouri teacher and choreographer
of the Lebanese Dabki dance in
Having migrated alone to this
wonderful country full of dreams
and opportunities, speaking little
English then I found the language
barrier very difficult to overcome.
Although I was lucky to have secured
a full time job.
studied and researched the Lebanese Traditional
Folklore. I dedicated all m spare time and
frustrations towards the production of my
first Folkloric play,and
young Lebanese migrants sharing an interest
in the Lebanese folklore.
I had a group of 24 boys and girls and my
first production, ‘ A father’s
mistake’ was staged in that same year
being an instant success had brought together
hundreds of non English speaking Australian/Lebanese
families who for the first time in Australia
had seen a play in their own language which
they understood. Response from the community
has reflected an intense need amongst the
Australian /Lebanese community.
we where asked to stage other productions
that were sponsored by different charitable
associations, and asked to perform at public
places for the Australian English speaking
communities. There on I realised that there
was an opportunity for us to assist many
Lebanese non English speaking migrants to
adjust to their new lives in Australia.
And there by also promote a role model of
the Lebanese in Australia, by sharing our
exotic and colourful folklore with people
of all age’s colours and cultures.
1977 the Cedars Of Lebanon Folkloric Group
was formed. The group socialises in teaching
the Lebanese folkloric Dabki dance to all
ages and all cultures.
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