Here is a list of cultural events happening in London that may be of interest to readers of our website. It has been curated by Pamela Ann Smith.
5, 13 and 19 November, Finch Café, London E8, plus a Closing Night Party on 4 December in Dalston, London N 16. Born in France, to Palestinian parents, Hicham Ibrahim, known as Sotusura, is a leading hip-hop artist, DJ and record collector. During his four week residency in Hackney, he'll be featuring a fresh take on vintage sounds from singers such as Oum Kalthoum, Fairuz, Warda, Abdel Halim, Najat and others. You can see and hear Sotusura on this page and you can find details of Finch Cafe here.
Stand Up For Palestine
9 November, Museum of Comedy, London WC1A. This performance,which is both live and on-line, features five acclaimed comedians, including Daphna Baram, and Jenan Younis, in a fundraiser for the London-based Palestine Solidarity Committee. Here's a link for more information and tickets.
Nay: Nature Addresses You
19 November, Rich Mix, London E1. A rare opportunity to hear Palestinian jazz flautist, composer and Nay Master, Faris Ishaq, playing an instrument that originated in ancient Egypt during the time of the Pharohs. Combined with his simultaneous percussion and harmonic effects, this solo performance marks a continuous voyage in self-discovery and new expression. Here are more details.
London Palestine Film Festival
19 November - 3 December, Barbican Cinemas, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Curzon Soho and SOAS London. In a fitting tribute to the revival of in-person film showings at some of London's most prestigious venues, the London Palestine Film Festival is combining popular new releases and UK premiers with uncovered old gems, as well as special presentations and topical discussions featuring Palestinian and international film-makers, achivists, scholars and the public. For the schedule of films and for tickets, click here.
DAAR - Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti: Stateless Heritage
Until 30 January, 2022, The Mosaic Rooms, London SW5. This art and architectural partnership seeks to portray exile through a radical perspective that takes us beyond the limitations of the nation-state. Contemporary photographs of the Dheisheh refugee camp, which was created in 1949 in Palestine, taken by Luca Capuano are shown in a large light box, alone with a series of photo-books showing the 44 villages the refugees once called home. Here's more information.
Pamela Ann Smith
1 November 2021.