For someone like me, who has never been on a quiz night before, I thought I would be under pressure exposing my knowledge about Arabic culture!
Let’s be honest here, who wants to go to an event and feel stupid not knowing the answers about their own culture.
I was not only relieved that it was not an exam. I was more surprised how much fun a quiz night could be. The event truly was an Arabian magical night which fitted its theme so well: The Genie of the night!
ALCASA’s talented Quiz Night masters, Hassan and Doris, provided quizzes in a variety of categories: geography, history, famous inventors, flags, art and literature, Arabic food, science and culture. Some were directly linked to Arabic, others were not as the Quiz Night’s guests were a blend of many cultures.
The night started off with amazingly delicious food. Everyone brought their best home dish, and thanks to Abdul’s Kitchen we received a party platter. If that was not enough, we were also pampered by delicious nutritious desserts by Zainberi on each beautifully decorated table.
We answered questions, played games and were fed like royals, but the thing we enjoyed the most was the surprise of the night: Sounds of the Middle East, Zuhir Naji and Saleh Mansuri who entertained the guests with their Arabic music and songs that got everyone dancing.
Prizes were abundant, thanks to ALCASA members and ALCASA supporters: Adelaide Lebanese Bakery, Abdul’s Kitchen, AL Mina Prospect, Tea Tree Gully Chicken & Seafood Takeway, Banu Beauty Laser Clinic and Marrakech Restaurant and Zainberi. Each team were given a prize: how good was that?!
The night ended with awarding the first prize winner (Team Amazing Arabs) a big gift hamper and of course a Genie Lamp Trophy. Perhaps it’s real, perhaps not, but they were the Genie of ALCASA Quiz night and deserved the Trophy!
Photos courtesy of Grace Eliseo and Nadia Sbahi
Note: All ALCASA 2017 events are supported by the Minister of Multicultural Affairs, South Australian Government.