The Nour Festival, which celebrates contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture, takes place in October and November at venues across Kensington and Chelsea.
The six week festival featuring music, film, food, exhibitions, talks and dance launches on Monday 20 October and runs through to Sunday 30 November.
This year, we welcome for the first time new partners such as the Royal College of Music, the Finborough Theatre, the Electric Cinema and the Royal Geographical Society.
Festival highlights include: the popular Algerian singer Souad Massi at the Royal Albert Hall; food events curated by chef and author Anissa Helou at Portobello Road Market; and the first UK exhibition by the Tunisian artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke, at the Mosaic Rooms.
It also includes ‘Zoom in Yemen’ a short film competition, which showcases new Yemeni filmmaking talent and is organised in association with the British Council.
Councillor Timothy Coleridge, the Royal Borough’s Cabinet Member for the Arts, said:
“In just five years Nour has grown from being a pioneering arts education programme based at Leighton House Museum to an all-encompassing cultural festival which this year features 32 partners. Each year Nour introduces more new friends and welcomes new audiences.
“Through the diversity and quality of the work it presents, Nour challenges stereotypes of the Arab world and its peoples, fostering friendship and understanding. Nour defines city life in Kensington and Chelsea in late autumn. I hope as many people as possible join with us in celebrating and enjoying this year’s festival.”
For the full programme and more information visit www.nourfestival.co.uk
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