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AWAN Connect – A day of performance, networking and talks

March 11, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 7:30 pm

| £5


Join us for a day of artist talks & Q+A, documentary film screenings, spoken word poetry, video-art performance and networking as we take over Rich Mix.

The day is intended to be participatory, with performance intervals marking the opening of the floor for discussion and networking. Several artist Q+As encourage artist and audience alike to connect and exchange ideas based on themes relevant to the artworks and performances showcased.

It’s a great opportunity to have a first look at new works from contemporary female artists from across the Arab world!

• ‘Multitudes’ Visual Arts Exhibition will run from 11am – 10pm each day until 19 March

_____________________Schedule Main Space__________________________
11.30am – 12.00pm
• Registration & Welcome refreshments and networking

12.00pm – 12.15pm
• Spoken word poetry by *Rayanne Chami (Lebanon)

*RAYANNE CHAMI is a Lebanese poet and psychology doctoral-level researcher. She became involved in creative writing and poetry in 2012 under the influence of Dr. Michael Dennison, a friend and mentor who encouraged Rayanne to “write outside the lines” by accepting her style while it was still developing, regardless of the outcome. Her journey from written to spoken word poetry was realized during her time at Haven for Artists in Beirut in 2016 where she began working on performance poetry.

Through her writing, Rayanne aims to bring internal states into awareness, with the purpose of highlighting our common humanity. Her poems deal with such topics as identity, mental illness and social issues.

13.00 – 14.00 
• Artist Talks and Q+A

Aysha Al-Fekaiki: Moderator

Loss and our Journey to Home

*Dima Karout (Syria)

*DIMA KAROUT is a Syrian Canadian visual artist. With her installations, she combines images and texts to express the consequences of displaced lives in a complex world. Her artwork reflects human struggle and liberation in dealing with the Walls of Life.

 Her work is presented on www.wallsproject.com

In the last ten years, Dima has exhibited her work in Damascus, Leipzig, Montreal and Paris. She has experience working in graphic design, communications, research and teaching. Dima’s journey began in Damascus and she has been travelling since 2005. She carries in her baggage a bachelor’s degree in visual communication from the Fine Arts University of Damascus, a master’s degree in contemporary art and new media from Paris VIII University, and a certificate in creative writing from Concordia University in Montreal.

The History of Footwear.

*Nadia Bettoutia (Algeria)

*NADIA BETTOUTIA was born in Dar el Beida-Algeria. She is an artist and shoe designer who has participated in several exhibitions on the history of footwear.

 MSc Human Rights at London School of Economics and Member of the Iraqi Transnational Collective.


15:00 – 16:00
• Documentary screenings with Q+A:

The Story of “N” by *Laila Samy (Egypt)
The filmmaker attempts to tell the story of one woman however faces restrictions in completing the film. The film explores the strength Egyptian women are developing to cope with an ever restrictive and belittling male dominated society.

Simply Lebanese by *Tania El Khoury (Lebanon)
Exploring the increasingly unclear lines between politics, society and religion in Lebanon.

*LAILA SAMY was born in 1980 in Egypt. Between the age of 16 and 23 she was a member of El Warsha theatre troupe. She first studied English literature at Faculty of Arts then studied Cinematography. Laila played as an actress in various films including “Yaqoubian’s Building”, “Aquarium”, “Those Days”, and “In The Last Days of the City”. She also was the D.O.P and camerawoman for a number of short fiction and documentaries, as well as a 35mm graduation project entitled “Solo” where she was both its director and D.O.P.

*TANIA EL KHOURY is a Lebanese graphic designer and artist who was born in Lebanon and since 2008 has lived in France. She graduated from the Lebanese Academy of Arts in Beirut in 2002. Today, with her first documentary, she is interested in showing the reality of women

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13.00 – 14.00
• Video-Installation Performance ‘The Art of Losing’ by *Razan Hassan (Syria)

*RAZAN HASSAN is a Syrian video artist born and raised in Damascus. After the conflict, Razan was forced to leave her country and university before finishing her studies in Media. She has since worked with an alternative Syrian media outlet as well as an editor for Al-Arabiya. Simultaneously she stayed active in the Syrian video-art scene and participated in ‘Syria off Frame’, a project in Imago Mundi, Italy.

She has exhibited ‘The Art of Losing’ in both Brussels and Eindhoven in addition to her short film experience ” My Mirror”. Razan is now applying for the Netherlands Film Academy to study Directing Fiction.

17:00 – 17:45
• ‘A Negotiation’ – a play by Hannah Khalil, directed by Chris White, performed by Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso.

A woman returns to Iraq to fight for what she believes in… but at what cost?

An award-winning Palestinian-Irish writer, Hannah’s stage plays include critically acclaimed Scenes from 68* Years: “confirms Khalil as a dramatist of compelling potential” – Daily Telegraph (Arcola Theatre, London, 2016), The Worst Cook in the West Bank (Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival), Bitterenders (winner Sandpit Arts’ Bulbul 2013) and Plan D (Tristan Bates Theatre, nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award); as well as Last of the Pearl Fishers and The Deportation Room for BBC Radio 4. Forthcoming productions include The Scar Test at Soho theatre and a new play at the Bush Theatre in July 2017. This collaboration for AWAN 2017 reunites Hannah with director Chris White with whom she collaborated on Scenes from 68* Years and Plan D.

– Post-performance Q&A session

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15:00 – 16:00
• MOVEMENT WORKSHOP – ‘Let’s flow as one’
(Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing for ease of movement.)

A movement workshop led by MFA (Master of fine art) student of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Lama Amine. The workshop will form an exploration of movement through improvisation, devising and play.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to:

Develop your movement practice
Experience working as a chorus or ensemble
Devise and create work from stimulus
Meet and learn alongside artists from other displines
Explore the Arabic music

Facilitator – Lama Amine:
Lama is a Performer, Dancer, Choreographer and Movement Director based in London. Currently, she is completing her MFA Master of fine art in Movement Directing and Teaching at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is part of London Playback Company in London. In 2016, She worked on the RISE production with the Old Vic new voices as Assistant Movement Director to Anna Morrissey.


18.30 – 19.30
• Sabrina Mahfouz: Writer Q+A & Book Signing

A sneak preview event of: ‘The Things I Would Tell You‘ (to be published in April 2017 by Saqi Books) a new book by Sabrina Mahfouz. Mahfouz will do a reading and there will be an opportunity to purchase other titles.

*Sabrina Mahfouz was raised in London and Cairo. Her work includes the plays Chef, With a Little Bit of Luck, Clean, Battleface and the love i feel is red; the poetry collection How You Might Know Me; the literary anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write and the BBC shows Breaking the Code, Railway Nation: A Journey In Verse and We Are Here. She received a Fringe First Award for Chef and won a Sky Arts Academy Poetry Award.

Check the full AWAN programme booklet here:


March 11, 2017
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
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