Faulkner Center to host Egyptian Rock Star and Activist Ramy Essam
January, 2018

Faulkner Center to host Egyptian Rock Star and Activist Ramy Essam

Egyptian rock star and activist Ramey Essam will be performing at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center on the University of Arkansas campus Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

This special performance is part of the Northwest Arkansas Songwriting Forum hosted by The House of Songs Ozarks and is being presented by the Faulkner Center and the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies. It will be an interactive engagement with song and discussion that will be both entertaining and enlightening.  

Ramy Essam is known as “the voice of the 2011 Egyptian revolution,” due to his songwriting and performances in Tahrir Square while calling for the resignation of then-ruler Hosni Mubarak. During his time of protest, Essam was beaten, arrested and tortured as a result of his outspokenness, with the intention of silencing him. His songs were banned, and he was forbidden to perform in a public setting.

Ramy was offered a “safe haven” in Sweden in 2014, and began releasing new music with a rock influence. He remains a voice for the youth of Egypt, and a symbol of progression and social activism. 

Tickets are on sale now for the evening performance on campus. To find times and ticket information visit faulkner.uark.edu, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or stop by the Box Office, open Monday—Friday from 1:30-5:00 p.m.

Additional Info

  • Event date: Monday, 22 January 2018
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