A Special Message From Director Alaha Ahrar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A special message for 2018 from humanitarian advocate and creator of peace Alaha Ahrar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 LISTEN TO THE RADIO SHOW TO HEAR THIS MESSAGE!

The Desire for a Fair and Just World

  • I want a world that is fair and just to all.

  • I want a world where everyone tries to be kind and understanding.

  • I want a world, where, instead of planting the seeds of hatred, everyone plants seeds of love.

  • I want a world where people, instead of competing and ruining each other, try to appreciate and help one other.

  • I want a world where everyone knows that they cannot be someone else. They can mimic everything, they can have other person’s style and go to school to get the same education, but they can never have another person’s personality, mind and talent.

  • I want a world where everyone appreciates who they are, how they look, and where everyone accepts that our diversities and differences add to the beauty of our surroundings and our world.

  • I want a world where everyone realizes that we are all needy. We all need the help and support of each other. A cardiologist needs the work of a mechanic when he needs someone to fix his car, a mechanic needs the work of baker, a baker needs the work of a shopkeeper, a shopkeeper needs a banker, a banker needs the people to make bank accounts. Even the kings and presidents need nations to lead.

  • Finally, if there is no needless person in the entire world, then why be arrogant!

  • I want a world where no one discriminates against any human being based on color, race, religion, ethnicity, language or disabilities.

Alaha Ahrar (C) All rights reserved.

12/10/2017

Human Rights Activist ,Community Development Advocate-FACETS, Board of Directors

Afghan Women’s Writing Project

Director of Media and Publication Afghan-American Women’s Association (A-AWA)

The Director of International World Poetry, Youth Team Canada

World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Koyali Burman!

 

The World Poetry Café welcomed the talented Koyali Burman , World Poetry Canada International Cultural Ambassador, in a fascinating interview on the arts, dance, poetry and healing with a focus on Kathak dancing and hand Mudras. Also featured was World Poetry Director Alaha Ahrar with a inspirational message, Poems by Mamta Agarwal , a story by Sharon Rowe, Creative Rocks Tips, by Ariadne Sawyer all under the expert controls of Victor Schwartzman , the sound engineer.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

 

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Koyali is a graduate from the University of British Columbia. Besides her rising professional career, Koyali is an accomplished Kathak dancer a North Indian classical dance form. From a tender age of 3, she was fascinated to Kathak dance form. She has also learnt Rabindra Nritya and Mohiniyattam dances. She has received awards and featured in numerous Television, stage performances and radio interview in India and Vancouver.

 

Being the Cultural Ambassador of the World Poetry Canada International she is creating awareness in Vancouver of glorious Indian classical dance and focusing on exploring connectivity with Kathak, poetry and therapeutic value of one of the Indian dance form. If poetry could come to life, you’d find Koyali Burman dancing and teaching.

She has also reverence for global learning and development and fortunate to have worked with some of the well known women like Frances Ferreira who share her interest in international development.

Koyali also does Healing Workshops in the Vancouver, B.C. Canada area.

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates a Tribute to Franco De Santis!

 

Ariadne’s Notes:

On December 7, 1-2 pm PST, the World Poetry hosted a special tribute to  Franco De Santis, a Italian Canadian Poet living in Hamilton Ontario, Canada . He was born in Morolo, Italy  near Rome and  came to Canada in 1967. De Santis is the author of 11 published books in Italian and the winner of over 20 literary awards.  His new book, Selected Poems had been translated by Diego Bastianutti and allows English speaking readers to connect with the poet for the first time. In celebration of this book, published by Hamilton Trinacria Association is offering free books (only postage needs to be paid)

Please contact the editor Cologero Milazzo at m_calogero2002@yahoo.ca for more information.

Exquisitely presented by  Anna Ciampolini Foschi and Diego Bastianutti, the show featured his poems in English and Italian.

Special E- Peace Poets Preethi Saravana, India and Danny Teller from China. Another Big Bessie Story from Sharon Rowe,  read by the wonderful voice of World Poetry Café technician Victor Swartzman. Note: The World Poetry Café is honoured to welcome Professor Diego Bastianutti as a co-host of the show once per month.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Ciampolini Foschi lives in Vancouver, B.C.  A short story writer, freelance journalist and translator, she co-edited three major anthologies: Emigrante, Writers in Transition and Strange Peregrinations: Italian-Canadian Literary Landscapes. Literary awards include First Prize  (2007)Literary awards include First Prize  (2007) Citta di Forli and First Prize Italian Week-Ottawa (2010). She is a founding member of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers and co- founded the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize. She has lectured in Italy and Canada. Her works are published in Canada, Italy, U.S.A. and Costa Rica. Anna was inducted in the Hall of Fame at Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diego Bastianutti, from Fiume, Italy, has crossed many borders separating States as well as “states of being.” He is at ease with various languages.

After a few years in international banking on Wall Street, he took up his tenure as Professor of Spanish and Italian literature at Queens University from 1970 to 1997, while holding the post of Honorary Vice Consul of Italy (1977-1995).

He retired in Sicily for six years, where he spearheaded a movement for the understanding of the process of integration and assimilation of new immigrants from North Africa.

Since his arrival in Vancouver, and thanks to his own personal background as a Julian Dalmatian exile, he has come to know and understand the sense of alienation of the people in DTES (Vancouver Downtown Eastside), but he has also been struck by their resilience, their undeniable humanity and dignity, and their sense of community. This experience inspired him to write a collection of poems dedicated to them. Similarly, the international photographer Jon Guido Bertelli was moved to produce a set of powerfully moving photographs. The poems and photos were mounted in two successful exhibits in Vancouver in 2016 and 2017. The exhibit was also mounted in Trieste, Italy this past April, invited and financed by the University of Trieste and the Julian-Dalmatians in the World.

Prof. Bastianutti has received wide recognition here and abroad for his work as a writer, poet and translator. His prize-winning poems, articles and short stories have been featured in various national and international literary journals and anthologies. Currently he is a free-lance editor, a Canadian correspondent for an Italian literary magazine in San Jose, Costa Rica, and a member of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Federation of BC Writers.

His socio-historical articles, short stories and four collections of poetry have become material of study in a graduate course offered at the University of Toronto.