'Arabs Are Not Funny!' Night of Comedy: A new wave of stand-up comedians representing the Arab World is arriving on the London comedy scene. 'Arabs Are Not Funny' is an opportunity to showcase their talents. The headliners are high-energy, affable Welsh-Egyptian comedian Omar Hamdi and Somali-British born stand-up and actor Prince Abdi. Organised by Arts Canteen, the night will be hosted by Tunisian comedian, Marouen Mraihi on 17 January, 2015 at Rich MIx, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. EVENT SOLD OUT!
Attab Haddad Quintet: With his top-flight ensemble, Oud virtuoso Attab Haddad blends Andalusian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern sounds with contemporary jazz approaches to create story-like compositions with the breadth of the Sahara and the intricacy of the Alhambra Palace. He will be performing with special guest renowned Flamenco guitarist Ramon Ruiz. Hosted by Arts Canteen, the concert takes place on 19 December, 2014 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Karama: The exciting London-based band, led by Moroccan oud player Soufian Saihi, will be performing at the legendary Tabernacle. The compositions, based around the oud, clarinet, double bass and percussio, find inspiration from the beautiful ecstatic Gnawa, North African and Arabic classical music as well as the diverse sounds of London streets.
Behind the Wall - Art in Contested Places: A seminar curated by John Johnston and Esther Sayers, this will present Aser El Saqqa, the founder and director of Arts Canteen, a London based arts organisation that aims to explore artistic relationships between the Middle East, Mediterranean regions and diverse audiences across Europe. Arts Canteen provides platforms for emerging and mid-career artists from the middle east region who create contemporary visual art and music.
Hijaz (EFG London Jazz Festival): Hijaz is an Arabic musical scale but also holds a clear reference to jazz. Based around the dialogue between the oud and the piano, Hijaz is a close quartet exploring differences and similarities in cultures in order to create harmony, warmth and musical beauty. Formed in in 2004, and sprung from the collaboration between Tunisian master oud player Moufadhel Adhoum and Greek-Belgian pianist Niko Deman, Hijaz is the marriage of the Western piano with the Middle Eastern oud.
Munir Waked 'On The Way Home': An exhibition that explores and challenges, through installation and digital prints, our idea of social justice and its connections with space and place in the context of the multiple displacements of the lived Palestinian experience from 1948 until 2014. Waked is an artist living in east London, born and raised in Nazareth. Hosted by Arts Canteen and taking place from 6-20 November, 2015 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Olcay Bayir: Anatolian songbird Olcay Bayir will be performing in celebration of the launch of her new album 'Neva-Harmony'. Of Turkish-Kurd origin, Bayir’s songs unfold ancient stories of Anatolian love and mystery with a velveteen voice like no other. Concert is hosted by Arts Canteen on 5 November, 2014 at The Vortex, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ.
War and Peace: An event focused around a new Arabic adaptation of War and Peace which will be performed in Gaza and live-streamed to London. It is part of a ten year partnership between 'AZ Theatre' (Britain) and 'Theatre for Everybody' (Gaza), including new writing from Caryl Churchill, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Ahmed Masoud and Haifa Zangana as well as letters from Gaza written by Hossam Madhoud. There will also be displayed a miniature exhibition for artists from Gaza. Taking place on 14 September, 2014 at Rich Mix, London.
Olcay Bayir: Carrying enchanting musical heritage of Anatolian cultures, Olcay Bayir sings her own contemporary compositions to original arrangements of traditional folk songs spread across the region of the Mediterranean,Anatolia and Mesopotamia. Presented by Arts Canteen, concert takes place 12 September, 2014 at Rich Mix London, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Amira Kheir: Arts Canteen & Rich Mix present the ‘Diva of the Sudanese desert’ (Journal du Mali) Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir; whose musical sounds are inspired by traditional music from her homeland Sudan and blended with elements of Jazz, Soul, East and West African as well as Middle Eastern music.