Friday 5th July 2013 @ Rich Mix London
Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture. 22 June – 6 July 2013. A festival held every two years in London that presents outstanding artists and cultural events from across the Arab world. Shubbak (meaning ‘window’ in Arabic) offers people everywhere the opportunity to engage with and develop a greater understanding of Arab culture in all its forms. - London
Hijaz - a Belgium-based six-piece jazz fusion with a warm melodic and distinctly cosmopolitan sound. Built around the ‘oud and the piano, their work is a heady mix of musical influences drawn from the Arab World and Europe. This is ensemble work at its best, with each musician and artist cleverly balanced against each other in a cultural paste of musical spices. Jazz might have grown out of the West African/European melting pot, but here it feels very much at home in this Mediterranean setting......
RESILIENCE AND LIGHT
11 April – 18 May 2013
Private View : Thursday 9th May 2013 @ 18.00pm
Studio 3 Gallery
Jarman Building School of Arts
University of Kent
Canterbury CT2 7UG
The exhibition will be located in the debate about the encounter between western art and that from the Arab world. It will explore the questions asked in the encounter about the resilience of the artist and the broader society to the legacy and contemporary reality of colonial occupation. How does the artist overcome, respond to and work within the weave of these realities? Does the insistence of this question continue to marginalise the work of artists from the Arab world, “othering” them; does it allow them to address universal themes casting light on them, or has globalisation stripped away the very traditions that allow this work to maintain a distinctive identity?.....
‘7- 28 December 2012 @ Rich Mix 35 - 47 Bethnel Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Despite’ presents a selection of the vibrant and engaged work of a group of artists from Palestine, a troubled place that has been subject to a seismic history with more than a fair share of injustice and violence in all its forms. The consequences of this history continue into the present with inadequate proposals for unrealisable solutions, while an ongoing military and political occupation manifests itself through oppression and control and assumes it is above any international codes of practice or law.Cultural life and artistic practice could have been destroyed by this, but they have proven remarkably resilient. Despite – maybe even because of – the situation, visual artists in and from Palestine have never stopped producing thought provoking works and there is a compelling desire and need for creative expression to counter the violence and to celebrate and affirm life, vitality and hope.
Curated by Aser El Saqqa and Nicola Gray.
Niyaz at Rich Mix
An evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music
A journey to the heart of the unmistakable voice of Azam Ali, the refined acoustic/electronic instrumentation of Loga Ramin Torkian, and the cutting-edge electronic artistry of two-time Grammy nominee producer-remixer Carmen Rizzo.
NIYAZ defines the best in contemporary world music by effortlessly marrying rich Sufi mystical poetry and folk songs from the Middle East, masterful acoustic instrumentation, with modern electronics. Based in Montreal, NIYAZ is considered by critics to be one of the most groundbreaking groups of its time. Since the release of their debut successful album in 2005, Niyaz have performed in many prominent festivals and concerts around the world. As individual artists as well as collectively they have also contributed to some of the biggest soundtracks of major Hollywood films. Their latest album entitled Sumud which was released in May 2012, further defines their sound. Sumud, an Arabic word which means “steadfastness”, offers a philosophical quest into the human depths, a message of hope against the injustice and oppression of ethnic and religious minority groups, a universal tribute to beauty, cultural and spiritual diversity, freedom and dignity for all.
A film on Weds 27 June, 6.30pm.......
Arts Canteen and the Cordoba Foundation present ...........
A panel discussion and film screening of "Death Tunnel", a documentary film by Gazan filmmaker Mohammed Harb. Mohammed will be present at this London debut.
The Panel discussion and film will explore the true story of Gazans who, living under seige, dig tunnels in order to work and live. The Panel will feature the film maker, Mohammed Harb, Maysoon Pachachi, founder of the Baghdad Film School and film director, and Oliver McTernan, Director of Forward Thinking.
Date: Weds 27 June, 6.30pm
Venue: Initiatives of Change (Nearest Tube station: Victoria)
24 Greencoat Place
London SW1P IRD
Find venue: http://www.uk.iofc.org/contacts
Admission: £5 payable at the door.
Places limited so booking essential. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.....