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).
'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.