'Arabs Are Not Funny!' Night of Comedy: A new wave of stand-up comedians representing the Arab World is arriving on the London comedy scene. 'Arabs Are Not Funny' is an opportunity to showcase their talents. The headliners are high-energy, affable Welsh-Egyptian comedian Omar Hamdi and Somali-British born stand-up and actor Prince Abdi. Organised by Arts Canteen, the night will be hosted by Tunisian comedian, Marouen Mraihi on 17 January, 2015 at Rich MIx, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. EVENT SOLD OUT!
Attab Haddad Quintet: With his top-flight ensemble, Oud virtuoso Attab Haddad blends Andalusian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern sounds with contemporary jazz approaches to create story-like compositions with the breadth of the Sahara and the intricacy of the Alhambra Palace. He will be performing with special guest renowned Flamenco guitarist Ramon Ruiz. Hosted by Arts Canteen, the concert takes place on 19 December, 2014 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Mosaiques Festival 2014: Cutting edge contemporary French Arabic and African music will be presented on this one night at the Rich Mix. Beginning with Debademba, a Malian group formed from the magical encounter of guitarist Abdoulaye Traore and Malian singer Mohamed Diaby. This will be followed by Temenik Electric (Arabic Rock) from the vibrant city of Marseille. A flamboyant band, led by singer-songwriter Mehdi Haddjeri, their sound is rooted in Algerian with Gnawa and Chaabi influences.
Hijaz (EFG London Jazz Festival): Hijaz is an Arabic musical scale but also holds a clear reference to jazz. Based around the dialogue between the oud and the piano, Hijaz is a close quartet exploring differences and similarities in cultures in order to create harmony, warmth and musical beauty. Formed in in 2004, and sprung from the collaboration between Tunisian master oud player Moufadhel Adhoum and Greek-Belgian pianist Niko Deman, Hijaz is the marriage of the Western piano with the Middle Eastern oud.
DAM, Katibeh 5, Rafeef Ziadah: A concert with DAM, the first Palestinian hip-hop crew and among the first to rap in Arabic, offering a unique fusion of East and West combining Arabic percussion rhythms, Middle Eastern melodies and urban hip-hop. To be joined by Katibeh 5 (another hip-hop group who continue to break the barrier of silence with evocative lyrics that speak to the realities of Palestinian struggles in the diaspora) and Rafeef Ziadah, who is a Palestinian poet and human rights activist.
Munir Waked 'On The Way Home': An exhibition that explores and challenges, through installation and digital prints, our idea of social justice and its connections with space and place in the context of the multiple displacements of the lived Palestinian experience from 1948 until 2014. Waked is an artist living in east London, born and raised in Nazareth. Hosted by Arts Canteen and taking place from 6-20 November, 2015 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Muslim Institute And Numbi Arts Fundraising Event: A special evening of live music, spoken word and eclectic jams to raise funds for both the Muslim Institute and Numbi Arts; including a charity auction of exclusive art by some of the best contemporary Muslim and diasporic artists in the UK. Event will also see a performance by the London-based band Farid Adjazairi, which is a four piece band consisting of singer/songwriters, oud, guitar and drum players from Algeria. Date is 30 September, 2014 at the Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Mediterranean Night: A musical journey around the Mediterranean Sea, celebrating the rich and diverse music of the region and mixing the traditional with new sounds, including North-African/Arabic and Jazz-fusion grooves from the Melange Collective, the Ethnic beat box, conscious lyrics and Afro-Mediterranean voyage from Vocal Global and global beats from DJ/Belly-dancer Ossi. Taking place on 26 September, 2014 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
War and Peace: An event focused around a new Arabic adaptation of War and Peace which will be performed in Gaza and live-streamed to London. It is part of a ten year partnership between 'AZ Theatre' (Britain) and 'Theatre for Everybody' (Gaza), including new writing from Caryl Churchill, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Ahmed Masoud and Haifa Zangana as well as letters from Gaza written by Hossam Madhoud. There will also be displayed a miniature exhibition for artists from Gaza. Taking place on 14 September, 2014 at Rich Mix, London.
Olcay Bayir: Carrying enchanting musical heritage of Anatolian cultures, Olcay Bayir sings her own contemporary compositions to original arrangements of traditional folk songs spread across the region of the Mediterranean,Anatolia and Mesopotamia. Presented by Arts Canteen, concert takes place 12 September, 2014 at Rich Mix London, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.