Crossways / Al Multaqa

Specular Collective (run by myself) in partnership with the Nour Arts Festival presented Crossways / Al Multaqa: an evening of dialogue and exchange by artists and musicians with roots from different Arab regions and generations at the Leighton House Museum.

With conceptions often that the Arab World is homogeneous with one identity, the reality is many voices, views, traditions, cultures, and even dialogue variations within each country. Navigated around the museum to meeting points between artists of regions considered neighbours or diaspora-influenced, art, music and performance act as a centre point for communication in sharing both differences and similarities.

Crossways | Al Multaqa featured contemporary artworks in the form of video installation, graphic design, painting and performance art, with a landscape of sound through the fusion of contemporary popular music, rap, hip hop, Gnawa and classical jazz.

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Riffy Ahmed
Freelance Director and Editor