Performances / Community

Hafla on the Square


Hafla on the Square launches the first day of the festival with a free family-friendly afternoon of live music, art and drop-in workshops.


Watch London-based Egyptian artist Nazir Tanbouli create a giant floor painting throughout the afternoon. Join the artists’ collective Variant Space to construct an installation based on identity. Try some Arabic drumming with Farouk Al Safi in one of his popular tabla drumming circles. Watch Libyan graffiti artist Aiman Ajhani, also known as Elbohly, create new works.


The music stage will present some of London’s finest Arab musicians, including the Yaz Fentazi Trio, described by Time Out as ‘a wicked fusion of chaabi, gnawa and jazz’, the singer-songwriter Younes Elamine, dubbed ‘the Moroccan Bob Dylan’ by Aujourd’hui, Sahara Rock led by DJ Ahmed spinning fusion and Arabic remixes from Libya to Cuba, and Nazim Ziryab, whose work, in his own words, is ‘traditional Berber music fused with Afro-Blues, reggae, Jazz and raw psychedelic sounds that will transport you into the heart of the Sahara’.


Hafla on the Square also includes several works by Younes Baba-Ali


Produced for Shubbak by Arts Canteen, Image Courtesy of Arts Canteen
Supported by Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, UK, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Noon Arts.

July 11, 2015

12:00 – 17:00


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