Events featured


Formed in 2011, Adonis is a powerful 4-piece indie-pop/rock band who have been leaving an undeniable stamp on Lebanon’s independent music scene. The name of the band was inspired by the lead’s home town, the village of Adonis, which also inspired the band’s debut single, “Stouh Adonis,” (The Rooftops of Adonis). The album was released in 2012 referencing gatherings on rooftops in the village and is heavily dosed with nostalgia.

For their first European tour, they will be performing songs from their earlier albums, revisiting the cheeky and compelling themes and sounds of Arabic 80s and 90s pop music, as well as more recent tunes from their two latest two albums, “Nour” and “12 Hours”, produced by Jean-Marie Riachi and Sleiman Damien, who introduce electro-dance influences into the band’s sound, and address the broader socio-political issues that shape the Middle-East today. 

The band has so far released 4 albums exploring the diverse facets and daily stories of Arab urban life.

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This concert has been made possible by the support of Al Araby TV.
Rich Mix is wheelchair accessible

14+. Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult.

Doors open 19:30 on Monday 28th October 2019 at Rich Mix


Perpetual Movement

This private view of the “Perpetual Movement” exhibition event is free and open to all but registration is essential to attend.

The ultimate aim is to increase understanding around Arab women’s diverse realities and concerns, shed light on the art works made by 7 Arab women artists, while providing an alternative, more nuanced narrative surrounding the Arab region and its peoples. 

The exhibition will be running from the 1st- 25th March 2018.


هذا العرض الخاص لمعرض “الحركة الدائمة” مجاني ومفتوح للجميع ولكن التسجيل ضروري للحضور.

والهدف النهائي هو زيادة الفهم حول الحقائق والمخاوف المتنوعة للمرأة العربية، وتسليط الضوء على الأعمال الفنية التي قامت بها 7 فنانات عربيات، مع توفير سرد بديل أكثر دقة حول المنطقة العربية وشعوبها.

سيتم تشغيل المعرض من 1 – 25 مارس 2018


Perpetual Movement considers the relationship between migration and memory in connection to the Arab world and its diaspora. How does your memory of a place change once you have left? What happens if you are ethnically associated with a location but have never even been there? Memories can be inherited, they can alter from generation to generation, becoming fragmented, creating gaps that need to be filled. They can also change with time. Some memories can be buried, while others can be idealised. 

The artists whose works comprise this exhibition have roots in Egypt, Kuwait, Syria, Yemen and the UAE, yet they are based in Europe and North America as well as in the Arab World. Some of them have been born into diaspora, others remain in the region, while others have left their homeland due to other circumstances. They all illustrate movement in their work in various ways, creating a rich, multilayered picture of young women from the region. 

People have been moving to, from and through the Arab region for hundreds, even thousands of years. They still do. With them memories also move, are created and are altered through time. Sometimes travel is required to discover one’s own heritage. At other times movement is vital to seek safety. In our technological and globalized world, many of us have the gift of travel, but some our hindered due to powers beyond our control.

Perpetual Movement addresses a multitude of reasons for and the impact of migration and investigates the fragmented memories that are created and passed on as a consequence of these actions. Movement can be both positive and negative, there are many reasons why it takes place, but it is always happening.

The exhibition comprises the work of 7 emerging women artists with roots in the Arab region: 

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– Yumna Al-Arashi

(b. 1988, Washington D.C., USA) was born to a Yemeni father and Egyptian mother, and raised in the United States. She studied International Politics at The New School in New York City and her on-going photography work has received support from The US Department of State Office of Art in Embassies, International Women’s Media Foundation, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, National Geographic Abu Dhabi, and VSCO. She was named an Up And Coming Female Journalist by Forbes Magazine in 2011. Yumna’s work confronts her own struggles of identity and placement in the social realm as both a woman and a Muslim. Her background in politics and journalism shines in her work, where she approaches humanitarian matters such as women’s rights and labor injustices

– Nada Elkalaawy

(b. 1995, Alexandria, Egypt) is a London-based Egyptian artist in the final year of an MA in Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art. Her practice attempts to record what is being forgotten and mark what should be erased from collective memory. By delving into an archive of family photographs and recordings that span three generations, Elkalaawy explores cultural and personal identity, diaspora, displacement, feminism, Islamophobia and the male gaze. Her work is autobiographical and exposes her own history, genealogy, and nationality, questioning what should be retained from her past and what should be lost. 
Though her practice revolves around her own background, it is not just a family portrait; but also an attempt to unfold her story as an artist living between two countries and cultures, narrowing down to what she wants to show about her homeland and to convey her two identities merging into one.

– Shaikha Fahad Al-Ketbi

(b. 1995, Abu Dhabi, UAE) is a visual artist whose main practice involves photography, drawing and installation art. 
Her art explores themes of self-awareness and blurs the line between fiction and reality.

– Thana Faroq

(b. 1990, Sana’a, Yemen) is a Yemeni documentary photographer. She pursued an M.A. in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at university of Westminster in London. 
Thana has collaborated with various international organizations, such as Care, Oxfam, the British Council and UN women to tell the stories of women, children and internally displaced people in Yemen. Her work has featured in several prominent media outlets such as Vocative, CNN Arabia the Huffington Post, BBC, the World Press Photo and others.

– Araz Farra

(b. 1994, London, UK) was born in London to two Syrian-Armenian parents. She studied Fine Art at Middlesex University for three years where her adoration for video art and photography grew. Araz spent her childhood summer holidays in Aleppo, Syria. 
Coupled with living in a cosmopolitan city like London, Araz finds culture and identity to be the key element in her work. Growing up as part of the Armenian Diaspora Araz has felt compelled to share her people’s story through her art.

– Nadia Gohar 

(b. 1989, Cairo, Egypt) was born in Cairo, Egypt and received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston, Massachusetts in 2012. 
She has exhibited internationally at The Table, Little Sister Gallery, The Power Plant, Artscape Youngplace, Project Gallery, Toronto, Canada; Sleep Center, New York; Samson Projects, Boston, USA; Liberia Cascianelli, Rome, Italy. Gohar currently lives & works in Toronto, Canada.

– Najd AlTaher

(b. 1993, Kuwait City, Kuwait) is a Kuwaiti visual artist who voices her personal point of view in regards to issues of social politics through conceptual photography, videography and installation art. 
She’s been exposed to the artistic field since a very young age. Continuous travel helped her learn the importance of craft and detail, and gain the tools to envision and collage different cultures in a modern way. 
She has won the Crossway Foundation award twice and toured Japan and the US alongside other artist. AlTaher aims to become a voice to the Arab youth.

Curator: Lizzy Vartanian Collier

A London-based writer and curator of mixed Lebanese-Armenian and British descent. 

She has an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She runs the Gallery Girl blog Gallery Girl and is an assistant editor at I.B.Tauris publishers. 

Lizzy has written for publications both in the UK and the Middle East including Canvas, the Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed, ReOrient and Suitcase magazines.


Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival 2018

AWAN, which is about to enter its 4th edition, showcases the work of contemporary Arab women artists in the UK, Europe and beyond, providing opportunities for artists and audiences to celebrate, be informed and network whilst exposing new audiences to the work of these often marginalized artists, providing a platform to present the work of Arab Women Artists.

AWAN is produced by Arts Canteen and supported by Rich Mix London

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The Journey

Joha explores the themes of loss of identity, home, diaspora and overcoming the physical and psychological boundaries created by conflict, specifically in his own personal story of growing up in Palestine.


اكتشف موضوعات: فقدان الهوية والمنزل والشتات والتغلب على الحدود المادية والنفسية التي أوجدتها الصراعات، وتحديداً في قصته الشخصية من النمو في فلسطين.

“The Journey’ operates on a number of levels. It is primarily a creative journey through the work of Mohammed Joha. However, it is also a journey of human experience in which determination, resilience and joy are affirmed” Valerie Grove


“الرحلة” تعمل على عدد من المستويات وهي في المقام الأول رحلة الإبداع من خلال أعمال محمد جحا. ومع ذلك، فإنها أيضاً رحلة التجربة الإنسانية التي تقرر وتأكد المرونة والفرح “فاليري غروف

Mohammed Joha – The Journey

A public viewing and music concert

Wednesday 3 February 8pm – Rich Mix


محمد جحا – الرحلة

معرض وحفل موسيقي

الأربعاء ٣ من فبراير الساعة ٨ مساءً 



Mohammed Joha bio:


Mohammed Joha was born in Gaza in 1978 and graduated in Art Education from Al-Aqsa University in 2003. Through mixed techniques of collage, painting and photography, much of his work has explored the questions and experiences of childhood, and the loss of innocence and freedom experienced by the current generation of children in Gaza. He was winner of the A. M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award in 2004. He has been selected for workshops and residencies in Amman, Jordan and Cites des Artes, Paris.


Besides participating in exhibitions worldwide, he had his first solo exhibition, Dreams in Black and White, at the Mosaic Rooms, London, 2011. Most recently, his ambitious project, The Jasmine and Bread Revolution, was shown in 2012 at The Courtyard Gallery, Dubai as well as exhibiting at Rich Mix, London as part of Despite, 2012, Traces and Revelations, Oriental Museum – Durham University 2014.


The private view featuring “Watan Trio” classic (muwashahat and maqamat) and popular Arabic music of the mid-20th century, the programme will include a selection of instrumental and vocal pieces from historically interconnected cultures in Palestine and from the wider Middle East.


The Trio includes


Saied Silbak, a highly respected composer and master of the Oud


Elias Farsoon, a renowned singer and Qanoon player


Iba` Abu Khalaf, an established percussionist and singer


Afterwards DJ Faisal Hamdan who will play an hour of his collection of Old Vintage Arabic Vinyl Record Albums.


Independent curator : Aser El Saqqa


Please join Arts Canteen for the Open House on 3 February, 6pm.

The event has free entry



Arab music and Western jazz coming to London Jazz Festival

Charismatic Palestinian singer, musicologist and broadcaster Reem Kelani presents her unique mix of Arabic music and Western jazz, supported by her accomplished jazz musicians: Bruno Heinen on piano, Ryan Trebilcock on double bass and Antonio Fusco on drums. Bi-lingual and bi-cultural, Reem has a rare ability to entertain and to enlighten her audiences in equal measure. Her reputation precedes her as an artist for whom independence is an article of faith, musically, spiritually and politically.

Her first album Sprinting Gazelle – Palestinian Songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora won plaudits and first class reviews from across the world. Her second album Reem Kelani – Live at the Tabernacle is due for release in autumn 2015, showcasing her captivating live act.

‘When she told me earlier that she did not see any difference between jazz and Arabic music, it sounded a stretch; here, for a moment, the two spin together so fast they sound like one’ (Financial Times)

‘[Reem’s] stunning voice… has all the individualised inflection and passion a jazz fan could wish for’(Jazz Journal)

‘Her voice combines the poignancy of Billie Holiday with the glass-busting power of Aretha Franklin’(The Independent)

‘Reem Kelani’s voice will make the hairs on your neck stand up’ (Jazz UK)



£13-16 + Booking fee

Date and time:

Sunday 22 November 2015 | 8:00PM



35-47 Bethnal Green Road  


E1 6LA  


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