The Power of Words
An evening in recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day
Free– please book online
Places are limited so please book
Above with Music Glue (e-tickets only)
Please note, this event is in the bar. Unreserved seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and for the remaining few there will be standing space at the back and down the side
All times are subject to change on the night
19:00 - Doors open
19:30 - Event Begins
22:30 - Curfew
This event is in the Union Chapel Bar access is via the side gate to the left of the main entrance to the Chapel on Compton Terrace.
Please note Margins Cafe will not be open at this event
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The Power of Words
Sue Lukes – Well known specialist in migration and refugees, whose father came to this country in the Kindertransport.
Jonathan Cornejo – Lead Campaigner on Myanmar and the Rohingya Crisis at Amnesty
Asha Lul Mohammoud is a poet who is particularly interested in the area of development, Human Rights and the Middle East. She writes in the form of both traditional and spoken word poetry.
Her work has covered broad topics and social issues that have included the real life stories and experience of homeless people, ex-offenders and the survivors of war and genocide.
Over the years, Asha has worked with other NGOs such as VSO, Interpal and You Press.
Rihab Azar - Syran Oud player
Rihab was born in the Syrian city, Homs to a musical family. Her father, luthier Samir Azar made her first oud and started teaching her when she was 7 years old.
She continued her musical quest later at the Conservatoire of Damascus and was taught by masters of the oud in Syria including Prof. Askar Ali Akbar, Issam Rafea, Mohamad Osman and Ayman Aljesry.
The influences at the Conservatoire included Azerbaijani, Arabic, Turkish and Western classical music which allowed Rihab an understanding and practice of various genres.
In 2014, She became the first woman oudist to perform accompanied by the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music. The same year marked her graduation and starting as a teacher’s assistant for music theory subject at the Conservatoire of Damascus.
Rihab was the oud player of the established "Syrian Female Oriental Takht" from 2006 until 2015,the year in which she moved to the UK, sponsored by the Foreign and Common Wealth Office, to study Music Education at University College London.
Arts Council England recognised her as a musician of "Exceptional Promise" in December 2016, which allowed her to continue her professional pursuit in the UK as a “Migrant Talent”.
Rihab has performed in festivals such as Nour, Greenbelt, Journeys International and she debuted ‘Zamaan’ trio in Wales in September 2017. She has performed at iconic venues in the UK such as the Royal Albert Hall, Lambeth Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral.