Nour Festival 2015 kicks off on 20 October to showcase the best of contemporary Middle Eastern and North African art and culture in a host of venues across Kensington and Chelsea.

As part of the festival, a range of workshops are being hosted, from sharing stories and recipes to and created Persian-inspired ceramic tiles..

If you are interested in taking part in any of the below, please email Ines Tercio at Ines.Tercio@rbkc.gov.uk or telephone 07966687857.

Workshop: The Elephant in the Kitchen
When? Workshops from 26 – 30 October 2015, 2.00 to 4.30pm
Where? Al-Hasanyia Morrocan’s Women’s Group, Golborne Road (under Trellick Tower)

What?
Workshops for young girls aged 16-25 from Middle Eastern or North African backgrounds, who are creative, enjoy meeting new people, cooking, sharing stories and arts and crafts.

Participants will have the chance to work with a professional chef and artist and learn new recipes, write poetry and create stories. The project will culminate on a feast on the 30th Oct and all the work we produce during the week will feature on the festival’s blog.

Embroidery workshops
When? 29 October and 5 November 2015, 1.30 to 4.30pm
Where? Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road

What?

Workshops for migrant women (children are welcome to join too), no experience needed.
Artist Guler Ates will work with a group of women over two sessions to share their experiences of displacement and of building a new life in London. We will ask participants to bring their own fabrics, photographs and personal objects to share the experiences of their journeys as well as their memories of home. They will work alongside Ates to embroider their experiences and create beautiful quilts.

Ceramic Tiles with Amber Khokar
When? Saturday 31 October 2015, 11:00 to 15:00 with a short lunch break
Where? Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road

For ages 7 to 11 years old (accompanied by an adult). All materials provided.
Come and enjoy beautiful examples of Ottoman and Persian ceramic tiles and plates at Leighton House Museum. Explore the collection by drawing exciting designs and patterns on paper, and use your sketches and studies to paint your own ceramic tile to take with you and fire in the oven at home. For more information, do visit the website.

Storytelling with Nadine Kaadan
When? Tuesday 27 October 2015, 12:30 to 15:00
Where? Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road

For ages 6 to 9 years old accompanied by an adult. All materials provided.
An art-making and storytelling workshop, led by renowned Syrian writer Nadine Kaadan. Nadine reads from her latest book Ghadan (Tomorrow), the story of a little Syrian boy living through the civil war, facing the uncertainties and anxieties of many Syrian children. Nadine then introduces the world of Syrian and Damascene-style old houses, and the unique oriental motifs used to decorate them, for you to draw your own on a postcard with messages of hope and support to children, who are living through the Syrian conflict. The postcards will be sent to Syrian children living in refugee camps. For more information do visit the website.

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