Tea Afar \\ travel stories made with tea \\
An intimate gathering of 16 invited guests, one tea master, small bites, three storytellers, travel photography, and regional music—about one country. Unpredictable cross-pollination. One evening only. Undocumented.
Most of the world drinks tea. This we have in common. Tea Afar celebrates the richness in cultural differences. Though the ritual may vary, we sit together for a delicious exchange. Welcome, Bienvenidos, Nioko Bokk, Ahlan wa Sahlan.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller
SYRIA \\ VIA \\ LOS ANGELES cont'd:
See. A room from Damascus restored
Hear. 10 indie Syrian musicians
Smell. Syrian soap saves some
Taste. Recipe: tamarind rosewater drink
Touch. Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie
Go. "Clouds Over Sidra" VR film in a Syrian refugee camp
GRATITUDE to our contributors:
Artistic Director. April Banks
Host. Ramy Eletreby
Tea Master. Lina Akkad
Storytellers. Lina Akkad, Susu Attar, Omar Offendum
Music. Syrian Artists curated by Susu Attar
Photography. April Banks
Food. Zaatar Factory, Burbank, CA
Advisors. Natsumi Iimuri, Ramy Eletreby, Susu Attar, Omar Offendum, Sumaya Abubakar, Yara Badday, Darecia Scott, Salomeh Ghorban, Michael Kass
Website video. Damascus in 1936 via "Screen Traveler"
DESTINATIONS in 2017: Senegal, Japan, Iran, Ethiopia, Morocco
April Banks is a conceptual artist, traveler, and intentional in-betweener. Her art shape shifts between photography, installation, writing, and collaborative experiments. Equally addicted as confused, she experiences travel as an existential conundrum, yet can’t seem to stay home.