Gaâda Diwane Bechar: A UK premiere for the Saharan group that will bring Sufi trance with invocative, authentic and fused tunes. A night of Diwane ceremony, showcasing the mystical strands of Sufism with Saharan rhythms building up to a crescendo, travelling from the deepest Erg in the Sahara through the Moroccan Essaouira to the high steppes of Algeria, all the way to East London! With the mondole, the guembri, the karakabous and the bendir, the Gaâda offer a mystical journey with warm sounds and hot rhythms accompanied by Aisha’s rich Saharan vocals and rhythms.
Night of Comedy, Arabs Are Not Funny!: After a very successful sold-out first edition, Arts Canteen will host the second night of Arab-inspired comedy with a new fantastic line-up sure to amuse and entertain. The headliners are the hilarious Parisian comedian with Algerian roots Yacine Belhousse and special guest Nigerian-British stand-up Nabil Abdulrashid. Whilst the former is at the forefront of a new generation of comedy currently burgeoning in Paris, the latter is arguably one of - if not the - most dynamic original and creative young talents of his generation.
Fireworks - Katiba 5: Coinciding with the run of the play 'Fireworks' by Palestinian Dalia Taha at the Royal Court Theatre, several events will offer audiences radical thinking and provocative discussion inspired by the work on stage. This event will bring Katiba 5, the Palestinian hip-hop group, who will be perform their unique blend of rap and resistance to the Royal Court Bar. Hosted by Arts Canteen, this free event will take place on 13 March, 2015 at the Royal Court Theater, Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS.
With its positive spirit and energy, International Women’s Day always brings women together in different groups or formations to firstly celebrate being a woman and then to otherwise engage with the issues dear to our gender. On the global level, there is always the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that is held in the UN Headquarters in New York; and, in the United Kingdom alone, there are at least 312 separate events taking place.
Fireworks - Women and Children In Gaza: Coinciding with the run of the play 'Fireworks' by Palestinian Dalia Taha at the Royal Court Theatre, several events will offer audiences radical thinking and provocative discussion inspired by the work on stage. This event will see Reem Abu Jaber, General Manager of Nawa for Culture and Arts Association in Gaza, lead a discussion on the effects of the recent war in Gaza on local children, accompanied by a short film.
AWAN Festival - It's About Time (Exhibition): Hosted by Arts Canteen as part of the Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival, this exhibition will feature the artworks of several Arab women artists: Dia Batal, Inas Halabi, Malika Sqali, Saadeh George and Shirine Osseiran. Taking place from 7-29 March, 2015 at the Lower Gallery, Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
AWAN Festival - A Musical Journey: Hosted by Arts Canteen as part of the Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival, the evening will feature the excellence of Palestinian singer, musician, musicologist and broadcaster Reem Kelani. She will be accompanied by Bruno Heinen on piano with a line-up of other prominent Arab women musicians, including: Reham (singer-songwriter of mixed Kuwaiti and Iraqi origins whose music is inspired by a desert upbringing), Nadine Khouri (guitar), Lilia Hosn (keys), Christelle Madani (soprano) and Najib Coutya.
Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival: Hosted by Arts Canteen, this is a one-day pilot festival coinciding with International Women’s Day and will be a showcase for exceptionally talented Arab women artists working in the UK; to increase the visibility of their work to new audiences and to celebrate their achievements. The day will include spoken word, music and an exhibition of contemporary art and film. There will also be panel discussions on the challenges faced by the artists and free open workshops during the day to encourage participation and engagement.
Fireworks - Spoken Word, Fajr Tamimi and Yaz Fentazi: Coinciding with the run of the play 'Fireworks' by Palestinian Dalia Taha at the Royal Court Theatre, several events will offer audiences radical thinking and provocative discussion inspired by the work on stage.
How Social Media is Changing the Arab Community Integration in London and the UK: Hosted by Migreat, a panel discussion will bring prominent figures from the Arab community in London to discuss the integration of Arabs as helped by the recent upsurge in social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc), and the way in which the shift in communication has been embraced by Arab migrants. The panel includes: Nahla Al-Ageli (Nahla Ink), Khalil Al Agha (Al Araby Al Jadeed), Aser El Saqqa (Arts Canteen) and Tara Jaffar (Meryna).