Ahmed Soultan Unplugged: An acoustic performance by the multi-lingual and multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Ahmed Soultan, to be joined by the Hip-hop Shakespeare Company and special guest Moroccan musicians who will play a fusion of traditional Gnawa music combined with Soultan’s soulful lyrics that blend traditional Arabic music, hip-hop and soul performed in English, French, Amazigh and Darija.
'Prophetic Children and Daughter of the Thames': Author Fathieh Saudi will be presenting some of her poetry in a story-telling circle. One part is based on the moving journey through the lives of the Prophets Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed from early childhood to prophecy; whilst the other part is semi-autobiographical about language, identity, exile, trauma, love, disease and hope. To be accompanied by Oud musician Francesco Iannuzzelli. Taking place on 5 November, 2014 at the Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, London W8 7RX.
Algerian Dance Workshop: Algiers-based Toufik Kara is a choreographer and dancer. His workshop will feature the traditional Alawi, Berber, Tindi, Targi, Setiffien, Algerois and Chawi movements from all four corners of Algeria. Suitable for all aged 16 years and over. No previous dance experience is necessary. Taking place 4 November, 2014 at Chelsea Theatre Dance Studio, 7 World's End Place, King's Road SW10 0DR.
Exhibiting Africa: Through a series of short archival film screenings, Dr Tom Rice will chart and examine the varied uses of film in early twentieth century colonial exhibitions, looking in particular at on-screen representations of Africa. This evening will offer a fascinating overview of these exhibitions and the mixed ways in which film figured in them. Taking place on 4 November, 2014 at th Goethe-Intitut London, 50 Princes Gate, SW7 2PH. Free event but booking is required.
Short Film Screening Night: Part of the Nour Festival 2013, a selection of eleven short films sourced from across the Arab world, to be shown on 17 October, 2013 at Leighton House Museum.
Nour Festival: Contemporary art, design, film, music and literature from the Middle East and North Africa, will be running from 1 October-30 November 2013 at more than 20 venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Not to be missed! There will be a mix of exhibitions (6), films (16), talks (15), workshops (8), food (3), music, performance (14) and other special events (4).