Festival celebrates Eastern cultures

The Orientalys Festival will showcase art, music and food from places like Tunisia, Iran and India

This summer, satisfy your wanderlust with a trip to the Old Port during the sixth annual Orientalys Festival.

During this free event, visitors can discover the richness of Eastern countries through their music, gastronomy, and art. “We want to make festival goers be part of this immersive cultural experience,” said festival director Ghiwa Nakhlé.

There will be a choreographed performance by dance troupe from Lebanon and a musical performance by world music group Dehli 2 Dublin who combine traditional Indian music with electronic beats, funk and reggae sounds. There will also be many activities open to kids and adults alike including a percussion led by local artist Kattam et ses tam-tams, a kung fu workshop, fashion shows highlighting traditional garments as well as poetry recitals, arts & crafts, henna tattooing and food sampling from countries like Tunisia, Iran, Algeria and India.

The Orientalys Festival takes at the Jacques Cartier Pier in the Old Port from Aug. 11-14.

For more information and for the full programming, visit the festival website.