Egypt to shine at London’s Nour Festival


At London’s 2014 Nour Festival, Egypt will be showcasing its remarkable artists in the Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture festival.

The Nour Festival takes place annually each October and November for a six-week event which is graced by contemporary artists from the Middle East and North Africa.

Now in its fifth edition, the festival of arts features film, dance, exhibitions, music, workshops and talks to serve as a fundamental and cultural meeting point between East and West.

Held in venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the annual festival was first based at the Leighton House Museum until progressing to a 32-partner and 20-venue cultural and artistic event that hosts artists expressing all their personal forms of art, from poetry, film, painting and dance to drama and even cuisine.

At this year’s edition, which will be held from October 20 until November 30, Egypt, among others, will have its talents in the spotlight to mark a cultural experience to be proud of.

Egyptian veteran festival artist Salah El-Brogy is to return with the world premiere of his solo performance ‘The Moment’ after having already wowed audiences with his previous collaborations with calligrapher Soraya Syed and musician Nitin Sawhney.

(photo: Elbrogy)

Salah El-Brogy performing at 2013 Nour Festival (photo: Elbrogy)

But dance is not the only artistic expression Egypt will be highlighting at the Nour Festival.

Amr Salama’s ‘Excuse My French’ will finally be screened after having previously met several rejections by censors.

‘The Orchard Keepers’ by Bryony Dunne is also included in the line-up.The Irish artist, based between Dublin and Cairo, has been awarded several prizes in recognition of her contribution to multi-disciplinary projects including anthropology, sociology, visual arts and ecology.

To complete the vivid festival, filmmakers Nadine Khan and Elham Shakerifar, along with Iranian Tina Gharavi and Oscar-nominated Yemeni-Scottish artist Sara Ishaq, will be panel speakers during the ‘Women Behind the Camera’ discussion section to open up about the challenges that women filmmakers face in the Middle East.