Arena Sessions - Z The People + Juliana Yazbeck: A Palestinian themed Supper Club and invite to listen to the incredibly talented Palestinian composer Z The People and the Lebanese singer Juliana Yazbeck in a candle lit, intimate setting where you can expect a delicious three course meal cooked by masterchef quarter-finalist chef Ingrid Wakeling. Z The people is the producer and singer of soul, debka, and electronic music and co-founder of the band 47Soul from the Bilad Al-Sham region.
Juliana Yazbeck at Sands Films Studios: Born in New Jersey to refugee parents fleeing the Lebanese Civil War, Juliana Yazbeck’s mixed cultural background influences her music: politically conscious lyrics in both English and Arabic merge with Levantine sounds and hip hop poetry to create a soulful, raw and profoundly heartfelt performance. Through music she explores uncomfortable truths, connecting with her audience on a beautiful and human level. She will be accompanied by Alexis Kraniou on guitar.
Sounds - From Beirut to Damascus: Promising to be a unique and intimate music evening with Rihab Azar playing the oud and handpicked song from Syria and Juliana Yazbeck, who will be performing a set of original songs fusing poetry and hip hop with Arabic and Levantine singing traditions, accompanied by acoustic gypsy guitar. Yazbeck is a Lebanese singer, songwriter and composer, whose mixed cultural background influences her music: lyrics in English and Arabic tackling gender issues, displacement, identity, racial inequality, war and peace as well as fusing the Arabic aural
Crossing Borders, Uniting Rhythms: English Pen and Arts Canteen present an evening of spoken word and music with a focus on freedom of expression in issues around identity, art, music and free speech.