Identity, Outreach and Community: Arabic Music in the Diaspora

20 March '18 at 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Arab Women Artists Now – AWAN festival in partnership with Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs

Attendance at this event is by invitation only. If you plan on attending , please RSVP by sending an email to Imogen Stone

The arts have long been a forum for personal expression, political engagement and communicating cultural traditions.

Music, in particular, is a medium that allows artists the opportunity to connect with people worldwide and it plays a unique role in diasporas in fostering links to the history and traditions of a community’s cultural roots. In what ways does music help in binding communities, building trust and navigating questions of identity?

This panel discussion will focus on the role of Arabic music in the UK diaspora and how musicians from the Arab world can reach audiences in the UK and abroad.

Speakers :

– Leah Zakss, Music Programme Manger at the British Council

– Jo Frost, editor of Songlines magazine

– Dr Lina Khatib, Head MENA Programme -The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House

-Guest artist : Raghad Haddad (Syria)


Chatham House

10 St James's Square, SW1Y 4LE London


AWAN Festival

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