RAWIFest, co-hosted by Mizna, is a biannual conference that has been held for three decades, bringing together Arab and SWANA creatives–not only poets, prose writers, and playwrights, but visual artists, performance artists, musicians, educators and scholars–both in diaspora in North America as well as from the Arabic speaking world and other countries. At RAWIFest, we aim to create space where we can talk amongst ourselves and highlight voices and people threatened by erasure. The conference consists of readings, panels, workshops, roundtables, and celebrations of both emerging and established SWANA creatives. In a global climate where opportunities for Arab and SWANA creatives to share our experiences and insights is limited, RAWI’s biennial gathering provides a rare opportunity to bring a large number of Arab American and SWANA writers, artists, and scholars (and their readers, allies, and admirers) into the same inclusive and welcoming space so we can engage in various dialogues otherwise unavailable to us.
72 artists: We paid 72 SWANA artists over $10,000 during our bi-annual program RAWIFest in 2021.
3 decades: The RAWI biannual conference has been ongoing since the 1990s.
$10,000: We paid 72 SWANA artists over $10,000 during our bi-annual program RAWIFest in 2021.