Tamer Abu Ghazaleh + 47Soul (Music): A restless and inventive performer and promoter of a wide range of music and artistic activity, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh is a leading figure in modern Arabic culture. The Palestinian singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer has over the past few years collaborated in many music projects, released a debut album and founded eka3 (2007), a regional platform dedicated to promoting, producing, distributing, and touring independent Arabic music.
Night of Comedy, Arabs Are Not Funny!: After a very successful sold-out first edition, Arts Canteen will host the second night of Arab-inspired comedy with a new fantastic line-up sure to amuse and entertain. The headliners are the hilarious Parisian comedian with Algerian roots Yacine Belhousse and special guest Nigerian-British stand-up Nabil Abdulrashid. Whilst the former is at the forefront of a new generation of comedy currently burgeoning in Paris, the latter is arguably one of - if not the - most dynamic original and creative young talents of his generation.
Show Me Edgware Road: A daring, funny and moving play that looks at the lives and experiences of a Middle Eastern mother and daughter exiled in London. Featuring five leading female Middle Eastern artists, based in the UK, Show Me Edgware Road unveils the poignant and fragmented moments of their predicament, flashing as it does between the past, present and future.With startling visual imagery, song and text, Show Me Edgware Road unveils the discord and harmony of hope and longing.
All Night Freedom Festival: Part of Freedom Week, this is an unmissable festival of live music running until the wee small hours, featuring 13 artists from around the world. The Rich Mix building will resonate with pioneering young bands, from Palestinian dance to Egyptian voices, drum n bass to contemporary music from Bengal, reggae, live dubstep and more.
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.
47Soul UK Tour: 47Soul is an electro-dabke, shamstep, chobi band formed in Amman Jordan in 2013, with members rooted in Bilad Al Sham, from Amman to the Galilee, the Golan Heights to Ramallah.
Emel Mathoulthi: Gifted with a powerful, melodic voice singing rebellious lyrics about social justice, Tunisian singer, songwriter and guitarist Emel Mathlouthi has been hailed as the ‘The Joan Baez of Tunisia’ and the ‘Fairuz of this Generation’. Her captivating style fuses rock and folk with oriental and trip hop influences. The range of Mathlouthi’s eclectic tonality is stimulated by musicians from around the world. Inspired by Marcel Khalife and influenced by Bjork, she has recorded with Tricky and performed with Dead Can Dance.
My City, My Revolution: Based on an academic-personal essay written by Nesreen Hussein, this performance explores a woman’s fractured journey where the act of walking triggers the multiple narratives engrained in the fabric of a city; and, where a city becomes the site of displacement and alternative revolutions. In a multi-layered form of storytelling that synthesizes physical performance, film and spoken text, 'My City, My Revolution' weaves autobiographical and historical narratives that stem from the experience of an Egyptian woman living a revolution that redefines her