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Forgiveness Poetry Night

  • 163 Walnut Avenue Toronto, ON, M6J 3W3 Canada (map)

Majlis Art Garden


What does forgiveness mean to you? Do you easily forgive who hurted you? Do you forget their hurt too? Do you forgive them then regret that? How do you forgive them? When can't you forgive somebody? We want to hear your reflection of forgiveness.

Let's express our forgiveness in a warm and calm environment where we can share and celebrate our forgiveness.

We can enjoy observing the poetic sunset view togather.

Admission fee:

$5 exact cash plus PWYC to support our poetry nights. Thanks!

About Ghadeer Elghafri:

Ghadeer Elghafri, a Palestinian-Canadian Poet from Gaza, born and raised in Dubai, living in Toronto, is a new immigrant, warrior, healer, feminist, activist and advocate. She completed her BSc. in Computer Science and MBA at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Ghadeer has published her poetry in newspapers, magazines and a chapbook, Poetry ReRooted: Decolonizing Our Tongues, has performed in dozens of poetry nights, reading her Arabic poetry with English translation, has organized multilingual open mic poetry nights in the Toronto area and received a grant from The Toronto Arts Council to start up a Multilingual Poetry Collective. She was elected as the Representative of the American University of Sharjah (AUS) Alumni in North America and started three on-line groups - Arab Cultural Cafe, The Toronto Poetry Club and Childhood Trauma Survivors. Ghadeer’s poetry inspires the community by conveying a message, changing narratives, breaking stigmas, reinforcing cultural heritage and creating awareness in the society. She performed in “Home Away From Home: An Art for Integration Event,” an interactive theatre performance by Mixed Company Theatre, opening the dialogue on the complexities and challenges Arab newcomers to Canada face, such as identity, loneliness, cross-cultural adaptation and homesickness. Recently, Ghadeer won the “Arab Women Excellence Awards” in North America in the community service category as a successful Community Leader and was invited to be a Speaker/Panelist in the 1st Arab Women Summit in North America. Ghadeer’s vision and mission in life is to stop, prevent and heal child sexual abuse, by working with adult/child survivors, creating awareness by educating care givers, children and schools and breaking the cycle of abuse. Presently, she is studying Expressive Arts Therapy and volunteering as a Crisis Line Counsellor at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape. Ghadeer loves kids alot. Her dream is to be a Pediatric Psychiatrist and to open her private clinic "happy kids mental health" clinic.

We are all humans regardless of our differences. Let's embrace ourselves and each other.

Earlier Event: July 13
Summer Group Art Exhibition
Later Event: July 13
Toronto Poetry Slam