Tea Afar \\ travel stories made with tea \\
An intimate evening of vicarious travel and delicious tea: three storytellers, one tea master, small eats, travel photography, and curated music—all from one country. Full-sensory, unpredictable conversation, one time only, undocumented.
Most of the world drinks tea. This we have in common. It is an offering of hospitality, of welcome. It is warm, it is energy, it is tradition, it is ceremony, and it is universal. Tea Afar celebrates the richness in cultural differences. Though the ritual may vary, we sit together for a open exchange.
“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 Los Angeles based conceptual artist, traveler, and the producer of Tea Afar. 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.