Nour 2016 Opens Its Doors

Thoughtful and thought-provoking. Engaging and entertaining. The annual Nour Festival of Arts is back for its seventh year, having opened on Friday 21 October and running until Sunday 6 November.

With over 40 events and 84 individual performances across 16 venues with 28 partners, artists from 15 countries present their work across visual arts, music, poetry, theatre, film, dance, and literature.

Highlights from the 2016 festival programme include:

French-Algerian artist Katia Kameli’s first solo exhibition in the UK, What Language Do You Speak Stranger? at The Mosaic Rooms is a remarkable and timely examination of national identity, exploring the power of storytelling.

The European premiere of choreographer Salah El Brogy’s new piece, GLITCH, at the Chelsea Theatre looks into the state of mind of what it feels like not being able to access your own memories.

A double-bill double-UK premiere musical performance at the Tabernacle: the three brothers, Osama, Basil and Elia, who together form The Khoury Project, fusing classical Arabic music with genres including opera, flamenco, Celtic, Indian, and jazz. And French-Lebanese singer Ellene Masri’ performing tracks from her critically-acclaimed debut album Music.

The events in the Nour Festival programme are accompanied by a broad and engaging Creative Learning Programme, featuring a series of exciting projects and activities with local community groups and schools: from fan design to kite-making, Arabic typography to Arabian Nights, and has been particularly supported by Westway Trust.

As the official UK partner for Kuwait Capital of Islamic Culture 2016, and working in collaboration with the Kuwait National Council for Culture, Art and Letters and the British Council in Kuwait, Nour introduces a selection of artists from the region, Visual artist Ali Alzaidi presents his work at West Bank Gallery; Q80Tone bring the sounds of Kuwaiti to the Tabernacle; and Nuqat offers us the opportunity to explore and learn the Arabic language through graphic communication design and Arabic typography.

Join us in person or online; on social media #NourFestival, through the commentary on the Nour blog, and up-to-date with the events as they unfold on

A festival for all, so above all, #Share Your Nour

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