Naji al-Ali - A Tribute: Naji al-Ali (1938–87) was a Palestinian political cartoonist who drew over 40,000 cartoons, from sharply critical commentaries on Palestinian and Arab politics and political leaders to visionary symbols of inhumanity and the pity of war. Born in Galilee, he was a victim of the nakba in 1948 when his region was cleared to make way for Jewish settlers. Growing up in Lebanese refugee camps and prisons, he first scribbled protest cartoons on the walls before finding work in newspapers.
EFG London Jazz Festival 2015: The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital's biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November, which has long been acclaimed for showcasing a heady mix of talent from around the world. Bringing over 2,000 international artists and altogether 300 gigs it takes place across 50 London venues.
Poetry International Festival (MENA Focus): The Southbank Centre’s biennial festival, founded by Ted Hughes in 1967, returns with talks, readings and innovative live performances, with a packed line-up featuring music, translation, new commissions and free events. Poets meet, debate and offer their perspectives on a changing world.
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.
Reem Kelani: Arts Canteen present a most outstanding and innovative Arabic singer Reem Kelani, as she explores a profoundly personal musical territory with her fine cross-cultural band, creating an intense and emotional sound-scape that starts somewhere between propulsive contemporary jazz and spine-tingling Arabic maqaams and continues with power, passion and poetry as well as Palestinian favourites. Performing on 25 July, 2014 at the Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch.