Maya Youssef: Syrian musician Maya Youssef is an extraordinary talent on the kanun, a stringed zither. Her style combines the rich tradition of Syrian music with her own contemporary approach creating an unforgettable experience for the listener! Event will take place on 25 October, 2014 at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG.
“What is happening to Syrian children today is unspeakable and the impact is on such a deep subconscious level. I am a mother and I can’t imagine the loss and pain they are going through at a time when they are supposed to play and be happy. I hope with something as connecting and powerful as music that layer by layer their wounds might heal.” (Maya Youssef)
Go Fund! Help Maya Youssef reach her target of £6,715 by 15 September, 2014.
But top of the agenda this September has got to be ‘Safar: Festival of Popular Arab Cinema’. Organised by the Arab British Centre (ABC) in association with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and the Dubai International Film Festival, it will present an incredible schedule from 2 September-5 October that attempts to ‘creatively chronicle the re-mapping of the future of Arab cinema and allows for a unique glimpse of what it might look like tomorrow’.