Syria Speaks (Readings): In Syria, culture has become a critical line of defence against tyranny. A new anthology 'Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline' showcases new writings which document and interpret the momentous changes that have shifted the frame of reality so drastically in that country. Join Syrian poet Golan Haji and authors Robin Yassin and Zaher Omareen for readings from the book's poetry, fast-fiction, reportage, oral testimony and memoir.
The ‘Nour Festival of Arts’ – This continues for another four weeks with a wide and varied programme that celebrates the contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, in venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC),
Mashrou' Leila: Born of a nocturnal encounter, Mashrou’ Leila fuses the skill and craft of a music workshop with the punch of stadium rock. With their distinct approach to storytelling and orchestration, they have crafted some of the most melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative Arabic music and gone on to perform them live at sold-out venues worldwide. The band has released three studio albums: Mashrou’ Leila (2008), El Hal Romancy (2011) and Raasük (2013).
Arab Science Fiction (From Imagination to Innovation): An evening of conversations between different spheres: science and the arts, East and West, academia and popular culture. Samira Ahmed chairs a stellar panel of visionary thinkers who will offer new perspectives on whether nurturing creativity through Science Fiction could be more crucial to our global progress than we might realise,; and, also, looking at the link between technological innovation and artistic imagination in the context of the Arab world today and beyond. Taking place on 15 November, 2014
Cities in the Middle East and North Africa (Cultural Evening): An exhibition, talk and documentary film screening for those interested in the contemporary architecture, revitalisation of historical spaces and modern life in cities in the Middle East and North Africa. Accompanied by live music, this event offers a visual exploration of the built and lived environments of key urban centres in the region and drawing upon reseach undertaken and initiatives developed by the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC).
Moroccan Cuisine (Workshop): An evening of authentic Moroccan home cooking with Habiba Choukri from the local Moroccan community in London, sharing the stories and the experiences of keeping culinary traditions fresh and alive today; from steaming seven-vegetable couscous to making the perfect lamb tagine. Curated by Anissa Helou, food writer, journalist and broadcaster, this event will take place on 13 November, 2014 at Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women's Centre, Bays 4-5 Trellick Tower, Golborne Road, London W10 5PA.
'On the Sweet Side -Desserts of the Middle East': With Anissa Helou, this workshop is about the luscious pastries, sweets and desserts found throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. From tasting to learning how most are associated with a special or religious occasion, this is definitely a date for the sweet-toothed, as well as celebrating the distinctive puddings and their lavish use of nuts, orange blossom and rose water. Helou is a food writer, journalist, broadcaster and blogger.
Children's Cookery Workshop 'It's A Wrap!': With Anissa Helou, a fun workshop for children aged 8 to 12 years to learn about different types of food from the Middle East and to master the art of the delicious Lebanese Wrap – from making the flat bread to preparing a wealth of delicious fillings. This will be a great opportunity to develop new skills, make new friends and put together a delicious light lunch. Taking place on 9 November, 2014 at Book and Kitchen, 31 All Saints Road, London W11 1HE.
Revolutionary Stencilling (Workshop): A workshop with Syrian artists Ibrahim Fakhri and Zaher Omareen exploring Graffiti and its power to contest and resist during the Syrian uprising; with reference to the stencils of the Syrian martyrs, featured in the current Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition Disobedient Objects that show the faces of activists killed since the revolution began in 2011.
Lebanese Wine 'A Beautiful Accident of History': Author of 'Wines of Lebanon, Arak and Mezze: The Taste of Lebanon' Michael Karam explains the history of winemaking in Lebanon from the dawn of time to the present day, followed by a tasting of wines from eight leading producers and accompanied by light Lebanese mezze. Taking place on 7 November, 2014 at Book and Kitchen, 31 All Saints Road, London W11 1HE.