The fifth annual Nour Festival of Arts, which showcases contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture in several venues across the Royal Borough, was launched in the Mayor’s Parlour last month.
The Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Maighread Condon-Simmonds and Mr. Abdulla Ali Mohammed Al-Radhi, Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen, welcomed guests. His Excellency spoke of his beautiful country and its rich heritage. Having lived there for many years I was honoured to meet him.
Councillor Timothy Coleridge, Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, Transport and Arts thanked the Mayor and His Excellency for their hospitality. He also expressed his gratitude to the Queen of Sheba restaurant for the delicious Middle Eastern food, and to the Music group which created an atmosphere of friendship.
The launch evening was enhanced by a display of Fuad Al-Futaih’s art. He was born in the Yemen in 1948 and his innovative work inspired social progress. Art transcends politics and turmoil.
Arabic is the second most commonly spoken language in the Royal Borough and the Festival spreads light on the arts and culture of the Middle East.
There is no set pattern to the Festival, it ranges freely over food, drama, dance, film, poetry and painting. All events are a rewarding experience.
This year’s events include:
Nour Short Film Evening. A co–production between Iraq and UK showing The Children of God and The Orchard Keeper. They are based on touching themes.
£8 (£6 concession)
Zoom in Yemen The premier screening of the British Council’s Zoom Short Film Competition.
£7. (£5. concession)
Until 30th November. 2014
Venues across Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Full listings are available at www.nourfestival.co.uk