This panel discussion focuses on the role of Arabic music in the UK diaspora and how musicians from the Arab world can reach audiences in the UK and abroad.

20 March 2018

Speakers

Leah Zakss, Music Programme Manager, British Council
Jo Frost, Editor, Songlines
Raghad Haddad, Syrian Musician
Chair: Dr Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

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The arts have long been a forum for personal expression, political engagement and communicating cultural traditions. Music, in particular, is a medium that allows artists the opportunity to connect with people worldwide and it plays a unique role in diasporas in fostering links to the history and traditions of a community’s cultural roots. In what ways does music help in binding communities, building trust and navigating questions of identity?

This panel discussion focuses on the role of Arabic music in the UK diaspora and how musicians from the Arab world can reach audiences in the UK and abroad. What difficulties do they face in gaining access to the UK market? What opportunities and challenges does being an Arab artist in the diaspora bring? And what avenues exist to bring the voices of these diverse musicians from around the world to the UK?

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