The fifth annual Nour Festival launches this month, celebrating the very best in Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture.

Growing every year since its beginnings at Leighton House Museum, the festival packs in a huge range of activities and performances from film to food, drama to dance and painting to poetry across Kensington & Chelsea.

For a full list of what’s on by category or date do visit the official Nour Festival website (, but to whet your appetite here are a few festival picks:

Souad Massi : Saoud

Sunday 2 November, Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Rooms)- Doors open 6.30pm

Performing in the intimate Elgar Rooms, Souad Massi and her five-piece band blend rock, folk, country, classical, flamenco, the chaabi and classical Andalusian music of Souad’s native Algeria.


sinbad Sindbad Sci-Fi presents Arab Science Fiction: From innovation to imagination

Saturday 15 November, The Science Museum, IMAX Theatre – From 6.30pm

Fiction is the ultimate bridge between science and the arts. Could exploring this symbiotic relationship enable the next generation to envision an alternative future of the Middle East? Samira Ahmed chairs a stellar panel of visionary thinkers who will offer new perspectives on whether nurturing creativity through Science Fiction could be more crucial to our global progress than we might realise…


House of My Father houseofmyfather

Thursday 27 November, Finborough Theatre – from 7.30pm

While war rages in the streets of a divided Beirut, a family refuses to abandon their home as they await the return of their father. Exploring the sometimes forgotten lives of those who remain living in their homes during protracted urban wars, this new play asks how far people will go to preserve a sense of normality in the face of unimaginable change.


As well as the full programme available on the website, you can keep up to date with the festival by following Nour on twitter (@nourfestival / #nourfestival) and on Facebook (

And if that’s not enough to make you clear your diaries for this 6-week festival, check out the introducing… video below: