Preview: AWAN Festival (London; Thursday 5th March to Sunday 29th March 2020)

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Starting off at Rich Mix on Thursday the 5th of March, with the new expression of the Arab Sound, AWAN Festival will enlighten the London’s March nights with a calendar of outstanding gigs, performances, shows and workshops fully focussed on Arabic women artists and their work. 

If you are a music lover, the festival will treat you to four immersive events. After the aforementioned debut with New Arab Sound Made in London, which will be shining a light on emerging musicians like Palestinian Bint Mbareh, on the 7th of March (again at Rich Mix) Tarabband will display their musical eclecticism in all its glory. From tarab to flamenco and jazz to Latin music, the Swedish band led by Iraqi-Egyptian singer Nadin al Khalidi is an ode to multiculturalism.

On the 25th of March, on this occasion at Queen of Hoxton, it will feature  artists from the Middle East and North Africa diaspora. Sahrana will be a night of emerging and talented DJs, spoken word artists and poets strengthening their cultural roots and exploring the sounds of their new home. 

Finally, on Sunday the 29th of March, the festival grand finale. Back at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, Moroccan singer and composer OUM will present her new album Daba, displaying her elegant songwriting which has been influenced by Casablanca as well as Paris, and blends together distant music styles like gnawa and gospel, honouring everyday Moroccan life.

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