The sixth annual Nour Festival of Arts returns to Kensington and Chelsea from 20 October to 8 November 2015. Showcasing the best of contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture, the festival takes place over 20 days, presenting 50 events in 18 venues across The Royal Borough. 

This year’s highlights include the UK and European premiere of Saudi photographer Adel Quraishi’s commanding photographic portraits of the last Guardians of the Prophet’s Mosque at Medina, at Leighton House Museum; award winning Franco-Moroccan singer Hindi Zahra at the Royal Albert Hall; hypnotic movement from Lebanese dancer-choreographer Pierre Geagea; Ara-B-Less an evening of interactive art at Saatchi Gallery, featuring artists from across the Middle East North African (MENA) region; and a chance to savour contemporary twists on traditional dishes from the Arabian Gulf region with top chefs Adla Al-Sharhan (Kuwait) and Nadeen Aujan (Saudi Arabia/UK) at Jamie Oliver’s Recipease.

Alongside long-term venue partners like the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and Ismaili Centre, new venues include Saatchi Gallery, londonprintstudio, 20th Century Theatre, Print Room at the Coronet and The Pheasantry.

Councillor Timothy Coleridge, the Royal Borough’s Cabinet Member for the Arts, says of this year’s programme:

“For the sixth year, Nour Festival continues to illuminate contemporary arts and culture from the MENA and highlights the Council’s commitment to bring excellent international contemporary arts and culture to the borough. This commitment brings a number of artists to UK audiences for the first time, presenting a strong narrative challenging preconceptions, sparking debate and providing insight into culture from across the MENA region.”

For the full programme and more information visit www.nourfestival.co.uk
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For press tickets, images and an Arabic version of this press release, please email nour@rbkc.gov.uk or telephone 020 7361 3618.

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