The annual Nour Festival of Arts is back for its sixth year, starting on 20 October and running until 8 November.
With over 50 events held in 18 venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Nour continues to shine light on contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), across music, film, literature, performance and visual arts.
So what are some of the 2015 highlights?
On the music front, British Bahraini trumpet and flugelhorn player Yazz Ahmed will play her hypnotic Middle Eastern riffs fused with jazz at the historic venue and new Nour 2015 partner , The Pheasantry on King’s Road. So, if you fancy embarking on an evocative inner journey, listening to a player who has performed alongside the likes of Radiohead, Kenny Wheeler and Courtney Pine, don’t miss Yazz Ahmed’s Family Hafla on Tuesday 3 November.
The world renowned Saatchi Gallery also joins us this year to host a riveting interactive art exhibition which explores the landscape and forms in which identity, perspectives and representation of Arab women and diaspora narratives are represented in both reality and fiction. A dynamic dialogue brought to life with interactive performance and installation art that you can navigate through on Wednesday 4 November.
We have also raised the bar with our food events this year. New partner Jamie Oliver’s Recipease at Notting Hill Gate is hosting a number of opportunities to savour and taste cuisines from the region, including two of the Gulf’s top female chefs – Adla Al Sharhan and Nadeen Aujan – presenting their contemporary twists on traditional Khaleeji dishes on Wednesday 21 October.
With many firsts this year – from the debut of Jordanian singer Macadi Nahhas at The Tabernacle to Saudi photographer Adel Quraishi’s commissioned portraits of the last Guardians of the Prophet’s Mosque at Medina – Nour continues its tradition of presenting to you new artists from MENA.
Stay tuned by following the Nour blog and keep checking the festival calendar for events of the day.