N3rdistan Concert + Party: Standing at the border of oriental-beat and urban electronic music, N3rdistan electrifies a timeless and outraged poetry that bridges the generation gap and stirs up elders and young against persistent and unchanged forms of oppression. N3rdistan twists vibrations, subtly blends tones and fuses powerful beats and saturated basses with the deep melodies of koras and fula flutes.
The Case of Arabic Hip-Hop (5th Edition): Presenting some of the Arab world’s finest hip-hop and underground artists and music, these nights are dedicated to celebrate the lyrics, message and spirit that has helped launch this contemporary Arabic music scene onto a global platform. For one night only, the artists and DJs will come together in London for a spectacular performance showcasing the finest hip-hop and rhythms the Arab world has to offer.
Rafeef Ziadah, We Teach Life Sir!: Critically acclaimed Palestinian spoken word artist Rafeef Ziadah will be celebrating the release of her new album 'We Teach Life'. Playing a one-off intimate gig showcasing her signature performance style and fierce words, Ziadah uses language to narrate, inspire and pull apart stereotypes. Some of her previous poems went went viral online within days of their release.
Poetry International Festival (MENA Focus): The Southbank Centre’s biennial festival, founded by Ted Hughes in 1967, returns with talks, readings and innovative live performances, with a packed line-up featuring music, translation, new commissions and free events. Poets meet, debate and offer their perspectives on a changing world.
DAM, Katibeh 5, Rafeef Ziadah: A concert with DAM, the first Palestinian hip-hop crew and among the first to rap in Arabic, offering a unique fusion of East and West combining Arabic percussion rhythms, Middle Eastern melodies and urban hip-hop. To be joined by Katibeh 5 (another hip-hop group who continue to break the barrier of silence with evocative lyrics that speak to the realities of Palestinian struggles in the diaspora) and Rafeef Ziadah, who is a Palestinian poet and human rights activist.