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Discover Middle Eastern Science Fiction

Every autumn Nour gives the public a chance to explore contemporary Middle Eastern and North African culture through an arts festival held in Kensington and Chelsea. For six weeks between the 20th October - 30th November, venues will hold numerous events featuring music, film, food, exhibitions, talks, and dance.

For example, Souad Massi will perform at The Royal Albert Hall; she is one of the leading female world music artists, with a unique style that blends rock, folk, country, classical, flamenco, and the chaabi and classical Andalusian music of her native Algeria. Other music includes a performance by Mashrou' Leila, a band that mixes stadium rock, ballads, and raucous anthems with alternative Arabian music.

The Future Rewound and The Cabinet Of Souls is an exhibition at The Mosaic Rooms, featuring site-specific installations about geography and identity.

One of the most intriguing events is a showcase of Arab Science Fiction in IMax theatre at The Science Museum. What would the Middle East look like in an alternative future?

You can also enjoy different foods, such as Moroccan cuisine, Middle Eastern desserts, Lebanese wine, and get the kids interesting in cooking with a workshop, where they'll make Lebanese wraps. There will be workshops for adults too, such as woodcrafts, dance, and stencilling.
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Why? Experience other cultures
When: 20th Oct - 30th Nov
Phone: 020 7361 3618
Where: Across Kensington and Chelsea
Cost: Free - 17.50
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