Nour Festival of Arts is delighted to welcome Aser El Saqqa as guest music curator for the 2016 programme. A hugely experienced programmer, Aser is also founder and director of Arts Canteen, an organisation that shares Nour’s own objective of supporting emerging artists from the Middle East to bring their work to new UK audiences. From his earliest days working for the Ministry of Culture in his native Palestine, to his work through Arts Canteen – with such diverse partners as the Arab British Centre, Shubbak Festival, Eid on the Square (Mayor of London), The London African Music Festival, the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival, and Rich Mix – Aser believes in providing space for stirring the arts, to facilitate the exchange of art and ideas across social and geographical boundaries.
As Aser says: “Many artists from the Arab World face almost insurmountable difficulties in creating and displaying their work, and so I’m excited to work with Nour Festival to provide a platform for them to gain exposure, while also bringing enjoyable and enriching experiences to new audiences.”
Welcome Aser, we’re looking forward to an exciting, eclectic mix of music artists in this year’s programme.
The Nour International Call for Artist Submissions closes on Friday 8 April, with the Nour 2016 programme announced to the public in September.