June 6, 2019
Maya Youssef moved to London under the Arts Council’s “exceptional talent” scheme and has since recorded an acclaimed album, “Syrian Dreams”, and toured the UK and Europe.
The Seven Gates of Damascus is a 7-part interactive musical performance and story-telling workshop for children from 7-13 (although a wider range of ages can also be accommodated). The first part, an interactive live performance, lasts about 45 minutes: Maya performs music on the qanun whilst telling a story of journeys made refugee children had to take from their homeland to a place of peace. The seven stages of the story unfold in tandem with seven musical units. A discussion then follows.
The workshops can accommodate children from diverse backgrounds and needs, including those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Parents and carers can also be accommodated and teachers are encouraged to be present.
It was performed at the South Bank Centre in October 2018 and Maya would like to visit a range of venues including schools, across 2019-2020.
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