Join poets of different faiths and no faith to explore their experiences of conflict and the role of religion in war. See if such weighty topics can be challenged by humour – a vital weapon for survival.
Children from three east end primary schools in Newcastle have been hard at work in their schools, singing, dancing and rehearsing to put together a performance of a brand new musical ‘As Free As a Bird!’ for the start of the Platforma festival.
Amharic singer and traditional krar player Haymanot Tesfa was born and raised in Ethiopia and is emerging as a rising star on the world music scene. Her music is inspired by deep reflection on the dramatic ancient landscapes and meditative social & religious music of her Ethiopian roots, the sound of Haymanot’s voice is t he true song of a free spirit, fearless and intensely experimental.
Performance focusing on the life and work of the celebrated 13th century Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, who rose to prominence among English-speaking readers following the publication of his translated works in the United States. He was hailed as the supreme poet of love and his collected works topped best-seller lists for poetry for several years.
Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) is an annual festival and celebration of Arab women in the arts across a wide spectrum, as creatives, producers, writers, filmmakers, performers, musicians and artists.
This year, RichMix hosts exhibitions across both gallery spaces, an opening party, two days of talks and events, and two evening concerts – all showcasing the best in contemporary Arab women’s art.