"As a first time attendee, I was a little surprised to see how understated the Levantine Center seemed from the outside. Once you stepped inside, the warmth of the place took over. The staff of the center is so welcoming and such wonderful hosts, they make you feel you belong there. The café, though intimate, does the job quite efficiently. We attended the Sultans of Satire and were drawn to it by the element of ethnic stand-up comedy. Overall, the bag of performers was quite mixed. Some like Sammy Obeid and Marie-Thérèse Abou-Daoud were laugh-out-loud funny and very, very talented. That people from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia can get together in a room and have some fun together is in itself a novel concept. That we share so much in common in our family structure, culture and traditions is heart-warming. I hope we can continue to support the center in its efforts to hold more events that build cultural bridges like this."
—Laila Karamally, Developments in Literacy