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25sep18:3020:30Film Screening: Queens of Syria18:30 - 20:30

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Leighton House Museum and the Hands Up Foundation proudly present a collection of films made by a young generation of Syrian filmmakers. The programme, curated by award-winning director Soudade Kaadan, is an enchanted journey showcasing the talents of Syrian filmmakers despite the challenges they face in a country shattered by a violent conflict.

Directed by Yasmin Fedda, the ‘Queens of Syria’ tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy all about the plight of women in war.

What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved and bereaved by the Trojan War.

Yasmin Fedda is a BAFTA-nominated director; Queens of Syria won the Black Pearl award at Abu Dhabi Film Festival and best female director at Carthage Film Festival. Yasmin is lecturer in Film Practice at Queen Mary University, London, and is also co-founder of Highlight Arts, working with artists in times of conflict.

All monies raise go to the Hands Up Foundation to support our work funding aid projects for those affected by the conflict in Syria. For information where the monies go, please click here.

About the Venue: Leighton House Museum is the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). It is unique among the capital’s museums in combining an exceptional collection of Victorian art with the intimacy of a private home. The highlight of any visit is the extraordinary Arab Hall, with one of the greatest displays of 16th and 17th-century Islamic tiles from Damascus.

Time

(Wednesday) 18:30 - 20:30

Location

Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ

26sep18:0020:00At The Corner Of A Dream: Bahia Shehab18:00 - 20:00

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The Aga Khan Centre Gallery will launch its new exhibition space with ‘At the Corner of a Dream’, a solo presentation by the Lebanese-Egyptian artist Bahia Shehab.

The show – her first solo show in the UK – is comprised of five digital artworks produced by the artist in 2019 about the poetry murals she has painted in four different cities: Cairo, New York, Beirut and Marrakesh, as well as the Greek island of Cephalonia. These have been inspired by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) – the show’s title is a line from one of his poems.

Commissioned by the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC), the exhibition marks the publication of a book highlighting Shehab’s poetry-based work, published by Gingko Press in association with AKU-ISMC. The launch event will also include a talk by the artist entitled, offering the opportunity to join her as she reflects on her artistic process for painting murals in different cities around the world.

The talk marks the first in a series of eight lectures entitled ‘Pluralism and Pluralities in Islamic Cultures’ jointly presented by AKU-ISMC, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Museum.

Please note that you need to RSVP to attend this special launch.

Time

(Thursday) 18:00 - 20:00

Location

Aga Khan Centre

The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan Centre, Atrium Conference Room, 10 Handyside Street, London N1C 4DN

26sep18:3020:00Anamorphosis: Notes From Palestine, Winter In The Kashmir ValleyMosaic Rooms Exhibition Preview18:30 - 20:00

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The Mosaic Rooms present ‘Anamorphosis’, the first UK solo exhibition for the Amsterdam based Indian artist Praneet Soi. The Mosaic Rooms commissioned Soi to create a new body of work comprising paintings and drawings and a video work informed by his recent stays in Palestine.

Anamorphosis will also show recent work based on the artist’s immersions in the workshop of a master craftsman in Kashmir, with an installation bringing together a series of hand painted papier-mâché tiles that were produced there.

Praneet Soi was born 1971, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Following studies in India and the USA, Soi moved to the Netherlands in 2002, and divides his time between Amsterdam and Kolkata. His work is internationally recognised for his explorations of socio-political nuances and media representations. His practice incorporates traditional methods of miniature painting and sculpture, as well as time-based media such as video and sound.

Time

(Thursday) 18:30 - 20:00

Location

The Mosaic Rooms

Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW

26sep19:3023:00Nadine Khouri + Cara Sebastian + Basia Bartz19:30 - 23:00

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Nadine Khouri is a Beirut-born singer-songwriter currently based in London. Influenced by dream-pop, film soundtracks and spoken-word, her sound has been described as a “music born of perennial outsider-status.” Her debut album ‘The Salted Air’ was recorded live with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, This is the Kit) in his hometown of Bristol. A haunting, atmospheric collection of poetic meditations delivered in her warm singular voice, the album earned plaudits from the likes of MOJO, Q, and was selected as one of Rough Trade’s Albums of the Year. In the past year, Khouri has toured the UK and Europe and shared the stage with Low, Josh T. Pearson, Aldous Harding, and many others. She is currently working on her second full-length album. Khouri will be previewing songs old and new at the Slaughtered Lamb, accompanied by musician friends.

Cara Sebastian: Falling in deep love with 70s folk-trance and ambient music, her new songs have formed a theme of their own, being recorded as and when they are made as opposed to setting aside time to write or record. Giving these songs simplicity, space, and a heartfelt spontaneity. Nods to Cat Power, Devon Sproule and PJ Harvey chime distantly, but more present is the lo-fi looseness influenced by Brian Eno, Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, and Linda Perhacs. Sebastian says “I love the space they leave for the music to mingle with the person listening.”

Basia Bartz: One of the most sought-after & prolific players on the London folk scene, she has performed and recorded with acts such as Boxer Rebellion, Ben Walker, The Clientele, Tankus the Henge and many, many more. Her warm and distinctive sound fuses Eastern European folk, alternative-folk music & loop experimentations, coupled with her singular, ethereal voice. A rare treat to have a solo performance from this incredible musician.

Time

(Thursday) 19:30 - 23:00

Location

The Slaughtered Lamb

28sep14:0015:30BOOK READING | Baghdad, Adieu14:00 - 15:30

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Iraqi poet Salah Al Hamdani has lived a remarkable life. The author of some forty books in French and Arabic, he began life as a child labourer, with little or no education. As a political prisoner under Saddam Hussein, he learned to read and write Arabic; once he was released from prison, he continued to work against the regime, ultimately, at age twenty-one, choosing exile in Paris. He now writes in French, but he remains a poet of exile, of memory, wounded by the loss of his homeland and those dear to him.

At this event, Salah Al Hamdani and his translator, Sonia Alland, will read from ‘Baghdad, Adieu’, the first comprehensive collection of Al Hamdani’s poetry to be published in English.
This landmark collection gathers thirty-five years of his writings, from his first volume in Arabic, ‘Memory of Embers’, to his latest collection, written originally in French, ‘For You I Dream’. It offers English-language readers their first substantial overview of Al Hamdani’s work, fired by the fight against injustice and shot through with longing for the home to which he can never return.

Time

(Saturday) 14:00 - 15:30

Location

P21 Gallery

P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1JD

28sep16:0019:00Crusade - Esther ManitoObjectively Funny Festival 16:00 - 19:00

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Crusade fresh off the back of the Edinburgh Festival.

What happens when your identity doesn’t tick any boxes…. taking on the alt right and Islamic extremism to defend her right to be proud to be a British Arab?

4.5 Stars Edinburgh Festival Magazine
4 Stars One4Review
4 stars Funny women

Shortlisted for The Best Show Award by Funny Women

“Esther Manito: Lebanese British woman, wife, mother, incredible comedian.” Edfest Magazine

“Ms Manito is a confident comic with a likeability factor which can do her no harm. Her stage presence and delivery enhance her well written material and it is easy to see why she is doing so well, both nationally and internationally,” One4Review

“ It’s clear that Esther is bringing a much-needed voice to comedy” – Funny Women

“A strong debut show about identity….A comedian with keen instincts, and punchlines often delivered with a nice turn of phrase and a vivid metaphor.” Fest Mag

“Still a relatively new comic, she’s got her wired persona nailed down hard. Manito is a performer with undeniable stage presence.” – The Scotsman

“Manito is an engaging and promising comic who will staunchly stand up for what she believes, and that alone makes her an interesting proposition.” – Chortle

“Crusade proves Esther Manito to be an astute observer of everyday daftness as well as being able to tackle the bigger issues with wit and guile.” – The List

“Esther Manito’s aptly-named show Crusade is a hilarious and biting tour-de-force against both macro and micro-level attempts to box and confine the space in which contemporary women operate, from far-right social media trolling to judgy parents in the playground.” – The Morning Star

Time

(Saturday) 16:00 - 19:00

Location

The Albany

The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG

29sep(sep 29)10:1214dec(dec 14)18:12Rayyane Tabet: EncountersAt The Parasol Unit Foundation10:12 - (december 14) 18:12

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The Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art is delighted to present ‘Encounters’ by artist Rayyane Tabet, his first major solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, with eight works from the past 13 years installed together for the first time.

Tabet’s works present fleeting moments in time and place, offering alternative perceptions or paradoxical views of political and personal events in an historical timeline presented here within the parameters of sculpture and found objects. He explores the relationship between past and present, memory and reality. Like an archaeologist, Tabet unearths hidden narratives in experiences and materials whose existence and content give rich meaning to his sculptural installations. His creative process often begins with a chance ‘encounter’ from which a story unfolds. For this artist, stories have layered dimensions that go beyond the purely factual. Often the surreal coincidence of an encounter will set off an exploration of personal memories and the collective experience.

Curated by Ziba Ardalan, Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Parasol Unit, the exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive publication and a tailored programme of educational events.

Time

September 29 (Sunday) 10:12 - December 14 (Saturday) 18:12

Location

Parasol Unit Foundation For Contemporary Art

Parasol Unit Foundation For Contemporary Art, 14 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW

29sep15:0016:30Arabic Literature in Translation Book Club15:00 - 16:30

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A new book club starting in late September 2019, meetings will run every last Sunday of the month from then. It will be reading and discussing Arabic literature in translation (in English), with a particular focus on the literatures of or about Palestine.

The first book of the month will be ‘Palestine’s Children: Returning to Haifa and Other Stories’, a novella and short story collection written by prolific author and activist Ghassan Kanafani.

Tickets are available via the Eventbrite link – with refreshments included.

All proceeds will be going towards the work of CADFA.

Time

(Sunday) 15:00 - 16:30

Location

Cafe Palestina

Cafe Palestina, 53 Fortess Road, London NW5 1AD

29sep18:3020:30Memory of Embers: Iraqi Poets on Exile, War and Resistance18:30 - 20:30

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Seagull Books and Exiled Writers Ink present an evening of poetry and discussion that platforms Iraqi voices and delves into themes of memory and exile, war and dictatorship, resistance and return.

This event features 𝗦𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗵 𝗔𝗹 𝗛𝗮𝗺𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗶, 𝗔𝗱𝗻𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗹-𝗦𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗴𝗵 and 𝗥𝗲𝗲𝗺 𝗞𝗮𝗶𝘀 𝗞𝘂𝗯𝗯𝗮 – three remarkable Iraqi poets whose readings each offer unique insight into the lived experiences of the exiled. The themes of displacement, loss and longing, as well as the spirit of revolt stirred up by their words have an increasingly universal resonance at a time where vast numbers of people are rendered placeless and precarious, seeking and being denied asylum by a North increasingly hostile to the ‘others’ that haunt its borders.

The readings will be followed by a discussion facilitated by 𝗛𝗮𝗶𝗳𝗮 𝗭𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗮.
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𝗦𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗵 𝗔𝗹 𝗛𝗮𝗺𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗶 was born in Baghdad in 1951. He began writing poems at about age 20, as a political prisoner in Iraq. Opponent of Saddam Hussein, and inspired by Albert Camus, he chose France as a land of exile in 1975, where he continued his opposition to dictators, to war and to terrorism. In Paris, he wrote more than 50 books of which several were translated from the Arabic with Isabelle Lagny. As actor or director, he appeared in films and theatrical productions, notably in ‘Gilgamesh’ (1979) directed by Victor Garcia.

𝗔𝗱𝗻𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗹-𝗦𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗴𝗵 was born in al-Kufa, Iraq in 1955. His poetry denounces the devastation of wars and the horrors of dictatorship. Adnan has published 11 collections of poetry, including the 550-page 𝘜𝘳𝘶𝘬’𝘴 𝘈𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮. He left his homeland in 1993, lived in Amman and Beirut, then took refuge in Sweden in 1996. Since 2004 he has been living in exile in London. He has received several international awards, and has been invited to read his poems in many festivals across the world. His poetry has been translated into many languages.

Iraqi poet 𝗥𝗲𝗲𝗺 𝗞𝗮𝗶𝘀 𝗞𝘂𝗯𝗯𝗮 studied translation at Al-Mustansiriya University. She has published seven books of poetry and translated 𝘓𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘢 𝘪𝘯 𝘛𝘦𝘩𝘳𝘢𝘯 by Azar Nafisi.

𝗦𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗮 𝗔𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 divides her time between New York and southern France. With her anthropologist husband, Alland has collaborated on 𝘊𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 and 𝘊𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘯𝘺𝘢: 𝘖𝘯𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘛𝘸𝘰 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴. Her translations include Marie Bronsard’s 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘦 and Salah Al Hamdani’s 𝘉𝘢𝘨𝘩𝘥𝘢𝘥, 𝘔𝘰𝘯 𝘈𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘳 and 𝘉𝘢𝘨𝘩𝘥𝘢𝘥, 𝘈𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘶.

𝗛𝗮𝗶𝗳𝗮 𝗭𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗮 is an Iraqi author and activist. Her books include 𝘞𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘑𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘺: 𝘉𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘉𝘢𝘨𝘩𝘥𝘢𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘯 and 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘞𝘪𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘴: 𝘈𝘯 𝘐𝘳𝘢𝘲𝘪 𝘞𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯’𝘴 𝘈𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘞𝘢𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦. She edited 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘦𝘳𝘢, a collection of creative writings by former Palestinian women prisoners. She was an advisor for the UNDP report ‘Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World’ (2005). As a consultant for ESCWA, she contributed to reports including ‘Towards Justice in the Arab World’, which was banned by UN General Secretary. Her writings are published regularly by Arab and Western media and she is a columnist for Al Quds Al Arabi. She is the editor of Salt Journal, which encourages writing by former women political prisoners in Tunisia, as part of a transitional justice process.

Time

(Sunday) 18:30 - 20:30

Location

The Poetry Café

The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street. London WC2H 9BX

29sep19:3022:00Marcel & Rami Khalifé Featuring Aymeric Westrich19:30 - 22:00

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Revered Lebanese composer, singer and oud master Marcel Khalifé makes a welcome return to the Barbican in Autumn. Stripped back from his Al Mayadeen Ensemble he usually performs with, he will be joined only by his son Rami Khalifé on piano and French jazz drummer Aymeric Westrich, reinterpreting his familiar music in a new way as a trio.

Inspired by contemporary poetry and promoting traditional Arabic arts and culture, Marcel Khalifé ‘s work has been critically acclaimed in the Arab World and beyond. His creativity and innovations as well as his educational and humanitarian concerns and contributions have earned him numerous awards.

An exciting young composer, virtuoso pianist and a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, Rami Khalifé has performed internationally as part of Aufgang – a duo with drummer Aymeric Westrich, blending piano, drums and techno inspired music. He has also written piano concertos which he performed with the Belgian National Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra alongside other orchestral works.

Time

(Sunday) 19:30 - 22:00

Location

The Barbican

The Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

30sep18:3021:00The Illuminated Paths: New Poetry from North AfricaBook Launch & Readings18:30 - 21:00

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Join Modern Poetry in Translation for the launch of their Maghreb focus, ‘The Illuminated Paths’, featuring some of the most exciting emerging poets from across North Africa.

As part of the British Council’s Majaaz project, ten poets writing in Arabic, Arabic dialect and Tamazight were brought together in Tunisia last summer with some of the UK’s best poets to make collaborative translations. This event will be a celebration of the exhilarating translations that emerged from the project and the friendships that developed.

Introduced by editor Clare Pollard, the evening will feature readings from Fatma Krouma and Ashref Kerkeni (Tunisia), Adil Latefi and Nassima Raoui (Morocco), Fadhila Bechar and Mohamed Rafik Taibi (Algeria), and the UK poet-translators Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Vidyan Ravinthiran, Stewart Sanderson, Adham Smart and Martha Sprackland.

This event is part of the British Council’s Africa in London series.

Time

(Monday) 18:30 - 21:00

Location

Waterstones Bookshop Gower Street

Waterstones Bookshop Gower Street, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ

30sep19:3021:00Sufi Music & Oud – Taqasim Oud Club19:30 - 21:00

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The Taqasim Foundation and Taqasim Music School have announced a special program for the September Taqasim Oud Club!

Oud master Ahmed Mukhtar and renowned Algerian Sufi artist Redha Boudebagh have joined forces to bring a very special performance that has been a year in the making. Join the Club at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden and experience the unique fusion of Sufi maqam, Baghdadi oud and Andalusian vocals.

Time

(Monday) 19:30 - 21:00

Location

Poetry Cafe

Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX

 

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