The Ayoub Sisters – Elixir Festival 2024

26 February '24

A very special evening from the award-winning sister duo as they perform songs from their critically acclaimed album, Arabesque – a celebration and tribute to music from the arab world. The Scottish/Egyptian duo – Sarah and Laura Ayoub – present an unmissable evening of masterful violin and cello playing. Combining classical string traditions with world […]

Olcay Bayir – Elixir Festival 2024

26 February '24

Join us for an uplifting evening of music from the Kurdish-Anatolian singer-songwriter as she fills our space with her “heart-stoppingly beautiful and emotive voice”. Championed by The Guardian as one of the finest, most intriguing singers on the British world music scene, Olcay’s velvet voice seamlessly blends her time-honoured Anatolian heritage with the dynamic grooves […]

Ruba Shamshoum – Elixir Festival 2024

26 February '24

Opening elixir festival, the Palestinian singer returns to Grand Junction with a unique fusion of poetic dream pop, jazz and middle eastern soul. Ruba’s voice encapsulates jazz elements, with her Middle Eastern roots and colourful harmonies complementing her dreamy style and take it to unique and distinctive places. Ruba will perform songs from her albums […]

Olive Jar theatre performance – Elixir Festival 2024

26 February '24

Olive Jar takes place on the 25, 26 and 27 April at Grand Junction. 25, 26 & 27 April evening at 8pm & 27 April Saturday Matinee at 4pm. OLIVE JAR RETURNS! A unique theatre performance celebrating London’s Arab communities and the extraordinary stories that ordinary people can tell. The olive tree roots us to […]

3EIB x AWAN: Patterns of Protest

26 February '24

Join us for an evening of reflection, connection and sounds, guided by the narratives of female Palestinian voices. Four fashion designers of 3EIB collective – Mai Zarkawi, Dana Khoury, Elissar El Hammoud and Karmel Sabri will explore the theme of decolonising fashion in an intimate discussion, reflecting on notions of identity, creativity and resistance in […]

Cairo Rap X British Grime Live: Felukah & President T LIVE – London

21 February '24

Felukah is an Egyptian rapper, singer, poet and activist. Seamlessly blending her Arabic culture into Western sounds, Felukah is dubbed the ‘Arab-futurist songstress,’ or the artist paving the way for a ‘new wave of Arab women.’ Felukah’s music and revolutionary character has garnered the attention of thousands in the Middle East as well as the Western […]

Celestial Blue Film Screening: Koraïchi – Tu manques même à mon ombre

21 February '24

In this film, world renowned artist, Rachid Koraïchi, takes us to the sources of his inspiration in the Sahara. This initiatory journey, which originates between Djanet and Tamanrasset, continues in the Sufi brotherhood to which he belongs. Koraïchi shares with us his discourse about peace and humanism, which can be found reflected in his works […]

Arabs Are Not Funny!

21 February '24

The acclaimed comedy night “Arabs Are Not Funny” is back for another edition to Woolwich Works! Line Up : – NADZ Palestinian and Irish comic Nadz brings hilarious real-life experiences to the stage, having performed across the UK and in Los Angeles. – Omar Badawy Originally from Egypt, Omar started stand up in 2019 and, […]

Celestial Blue Gallery Talk: Rachid Koraïchi in Conversation with Gerard Houghton,

21 February '24

After the film screening, join Rachid Koraïchi for an in-depth discussion about his new body of work in the exhibition Celestial Blue. The conversation will delve deeper into the history of various Sufi masters – Ibn ‘Arabi, in particular – whose mystical love poems lie at the root of the canvas works on show. Together […]

Rachid Koraïchi: Celestial Blue

20 February '24

October Gallery presents Celestial Blue, a solo exhibition of new works by the renowned artist Rachid Koraïchi. This exhibition includes canvas works interspersed with statuesque steel sculptures, in his characteristically figurative forms. The works on canvas are inspired by the nasibs that the 12th century Sufi mystic and writer, Ibn ‘Arabi, set down in his […]