Art and Nature will meet once again in a Cambridge open space on Thursday, July 26.
The third annual Fly, Buzz, and Honk! Festival offers guided nature exploration for children, a pollinator relay game, puppet-making, make-your-own nature journal, National Moth Week activities, and an oud performance by Ghassan Sawalhi during lunch hour.
The Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project (CWPP), which has produced the event for the past two years, has become part of the nonprofit organization Green Cambridge. Over the past year, Green Cambridge has collaborated with the CWPP to create and distribute four wildlife trading cards for kids in the Cambridge Wildlife series. The four are a tree and three local species that help urban farmers and gardeners. The trading cards will be given out to children at the event.
We’re taking the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project under our wing and carrying on its work.—Green Cambridge Executive Director Steven Nutter
“This was a natural fit,” says Green Cambridge Executive Director Steven Nutter, “Green Cambridge has always been involved in that nexus between the well-being of humans and a healthy environment in Cambridge. We’re taking the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project under our wing and carrying on its work. That includes puppetry and parades and other ways of being outdoors, of taking in the wonder of the natural world.”
The event is open to the public. Activities from 10:00 to 12:00 are geared for children 3–12, and the musical performance is for all ages.
Rain date: Friday, July 27.
PICNIC MUSIC FOR ALL AGES
at the 2018 Fly, Buzz, and Honk Festival
Ghassan Sawalhi is a Palestinian music producer, engineer, composer, arranger and Oudist. At age 11, Sawalhi entered the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Ramallah to begin his journey with the Oud. Eight years later, in 2011, he co-founded Bil3ax بالعكس (pronounced “Bil’aks”) a contemporary and alternative music band addressing political and social problems, which toured around major venues in Palestine, recording a debut album, 12 Richter.
In 2012 Sawalhi began his journey in music production and engineering by collecting old records of traditional Arabic music and editing them to sound clearer. Over the next two years, as producing & engineering grew into his passion, he produced dozens of singles and collaborated with well-known singers and hip hop artists in the Middle East.
In 2014 Sawalhi was accepted to Berklee College of Music, where he majors in Music Production and Engineering. In addition to his engineering accomplishments, he has actively maintained and improved his oud playing under Simon Shaheen, one of the world’s renowned oud masters. He has performed at major Northeastern venues including Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Massachusetts State House. He continues to record, mix and perform in the United States.