My favorite experience in the [Arab Music Ensemble] class was meeting other students from the Middle East… I learned that there’s a huge community [of Arabs] in Philadelphia and a lot more people who want to learn about it than I expected.

— Caitlyn


Led by Music Director Hanna Khoury, Al-Bustan presents a series of concerts that feature internationally renowned guest artists invited to collaborate with Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble, with programs ranging in music genres and disciplines, including visual and literary arts.



Al-Bustan offers educational programs in schools, universities and the community for youth and adults interested in exploring the Arabic language and culture through the arts.


Digital Education

Al-Bustan Digital Education is an online resource with interactive learning and playing applications to further educators’ and students’ understanding and appreciation of the Arabic language, arts, culture, and history.


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