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Arts of Social Change – Spoken Word and Music

Thursday 6th October 2016 - Thursday 6th October 2016
7.30

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Internationally acclaimed, Devon-based poetry star Alice Oswald joins Kayo Chingonyi, a passionate new voice in UK poetry scene, in a performance where they explore themes from their respective works, including the politics of land, of place, contemporary migration and displacement.

The second performance is an ongoing musical collaboration and conversation between Syrian ney musician, Louai Alhenawi, and Stephen Ellis from indie band Revere and Gabby Young & Other Animals. Joined by Syrian musician Sanaa Wahbah on kanun and members of Revere, the collaborators offer a unique blend of acoustic instruments, percussion and classical Arabic music.

To end the evening, virtuoso Syrian kanun player and composer, Maya Youssef, performs some of her soon to be released debut album with Carthage Music Publishing. Awarded ‘exceptional talent’ by the Arts Council England in 2012, Youssef has performed at the UK’s most prestigious venues and festivals, including the most recent BBC Proms and the Royal Albert Hall.

Please join the free pre-performance installation ‘Refugees Welcome’ on the lawn in front of the Great Hall. These performances are part of a programme of events showcasing the work of refugee and migrant Arts Hub Counterpoints Arts during their ‘Arts of Social Change’ retreat at Dartington.

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