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DJ Turbo Tabla, Karim Nagi

Barakaat Middle Eastern Dance Company, Charles Lang Freer in Egypt, DJ Turbo Tabla (Karim Nagi).

Asia After Dark: One Thousand and One Nights
Featuring DJ Turbo Tabla, Karim Nagi
Thursday, July 28, 6:30–10:30 PM
Freer Gallery of Art

Experience a night of enchantment inspired by the collection of tales in One Thousand and One Nights. View a vast range of works in the featured exhibition Arts of the Islamic World. Enjoy hypnotic Arab beats by DJ Turbo Tabla (Egyptian musician Karim Nagi), a belly-dance performance by Barakaat Middle Eastern Dance Company, and art activities, as well as traditional cuisine and enticing cocktails.

Suggested attire: Styles of North Africa and South and West Asia

Must be 21 years old with a valid photo ID to attend.


6:15 PM:
  • Will-call tickets available
6:30 PM:
  • Doors open
  • Ticket sales begin (limited number; cash-only)
6:30–10:30 PM:
  • DJ Turbo Tabla (Egyptian musician Karim Nagi)
  • Belly-dance performance by Barakaat Middle Eastern Dance Company (8:30 pm)
  • Freer in Egypt time capsule photo studio
  • Gallery talk with Massumeh Farhad, chief curator and curator of Islamic art
  • Gallery conversations with Artizens and docents
  • Ingenious Geometry postcard-stamping activity inspired by Arts of the Islamic World
  • Tales from 1001 Nights by storyteller Karen DeMauro
  • Characters Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba with Alex Nagel, assistant curator of ancient Near East, and Jorge Thomson, Education intern
  • Henna-stamping
  • Silk Road Society information table
  • Cash bars and food by Well Dunn and Jerusalem Restaurant & Catering


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Khan El Khalili Bazaar (Falls Church, VA)

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Things to Know

  • No food or drink allowed in the galleries.
  • Must be at least 21 with a valid photo ID to attend.
  • All bags will be searched by security.
  • Personal items can be checked in designated coat rooms or lockers at your own discretion. The museum is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
  • The closest metro is the Smithsonian station.
  • Bar and food stations are cash only. A Chevy Chase Bank ATM is available inside the Smithsonian station, Independence Avenue entrance only.
  • All ticket sales are final. No admittance after 9:30 pm.

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The Freer|Sackler is closed for renovation and reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Join us for our reopening celebration on October 14–15, 2017.