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Jamming with Ajam

The OMID foundation is a charity committed to helping improve the lives of disadvantaged young Iranian women. As well as providing emotional support, OMID also runs two centres in Tehran where they give girls an education in English, art, writing, personal hygiene, and computer science. They also teach vocational skills such as accounting and IT.

OMID was founded in 2004, which makes 2014 their ten year anniversary. In celebration of the momentous event, and the achievements over the years, they are holding a live performance at No. 41 Mayfair.

The fundraiser on the 24th September will include food, drink, DJs, dancing, and founding president, Marjaneh Halati, will tell you all about the foundation's progress, developments and future plans.

Headlining the show is Ajam, a London-based band established in 2010. The band's aim is to tries to 'bring the epic and soulful spirit of the native music of Iran to a new generation'. Using rural instruments, they add an urban flavour to traditional sounds.

The word Ajam describes a non-Arabian Muslim, but has become more widely used to mean Iranians in general. In the past, it has held derogatory connotations with definitions of being mute or illiterate. Very few use it in that way now, and Ajam chose the name as a reminder of the past, and a demonstration of how far they have come since then.

There are four types of donations. Bronze (120) and Silver admit one (500), while Gold (1,000) and Platinum (2,500) admit two.

The goal of the 10th Anniversary Celebration is to raise 50,000, which will go towards building new shelters, expanding their libraries, giving the girls a holiday, and sending one to university.
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Why? Raise money for charity
When: 24th Sept 7.30pm
Phone: 44 (20) 7584 6949
Where: No. 41 Conduit Street, Mayfair
Cost: 120 - 2500
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