Nour Festival brings overseas talent to London

The Nour Festival of Arts is set to showcase talent from the Middle East and North Africa.

Held in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the event is perfect for visitors staying at central London hotels during October and November.

The majority of the events will take place at the Leighton House Museum including a photography exhibition by Bradley Secker and various film screenings from up-and-coming movie-makers.

There will also be a series of concerts at The Tabernacle featuring performers such as Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi and Lebanese musician Charbel Rouhana.

The British Palestinian author Selma Dabbagh has also been named as the Nour 2012 Writer-in-Residence. Author of Out of it, she will be holding a number of workshops on writing and publishing throughout the festival, which ends on November 30th.

The aim of the annual festival is to celebrate and promote the wide range of arts and culture within contemporary Middle Eastern and North Africa regions and it was first held in 2012. Since then it has quickly developed into a key event for locals and visitors to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

"In just two years the borough's Nour Festival has grown into one of the most important festivals exploring Middle Eastern arts and culture in the UK," explained councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown, deputy leader of the Kensington and Chelsea council.

He added: "Not only is it part of our commitment to bringing international cultural excellence to the borough, but it also fosters closer ties and understanding with this part of the world and our Arabic speaking communities in the area."

The councillor also explained that the involvement of key venues such as the Victoria & Albert Museum has also helped to reach new audiences.

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