This Week’s Six Pillars – Nu Turkish Disco vs World Grooves
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This Week’s Six Pillars – Nu Turkish Disco vs World Grooves

A selection of Turkish composer Djanan Tunan’s new release The Maze, coinciding with Baba Zula‘s London show on Nov 22nd. The ‘Istanbul Psychedelia’ of Baba Zula draws from the long tradition of Anatolian rock with disco influences since the 1970s. We’ve played Djanan before on Six Pillars, after seeing her live on a stage on … Continue reading

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Free New Year Event, March 23rd, National Portrait Gallery

March 23rd we celebrate Persian New Year with a free event at the National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2H OHE. Persian New Year happens at the Spring Equinox, the start of Spring (when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is runs parallel to the Sun and day and night are equal lengths). There will … Continue reading

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Middle Eastern Photography – 12th & 18th December

Omid Salehi “My Car is My Love” series Highlights of a conversation between writer Malu Halasa with curator Rose Issa at the National Portrait Gallery December 2011. “Documentary portrayals of reality can threaten the preferred narratives of authoritarian religious regimes […] and can also thwart Western misconceptions.”  From the pamphlet by Malu Halasa Alternative Histories … Continue reading

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7th London Kurdish Film Festival – Monday 14th Nov

From the 17th -27th November we celebrate the 7th LKFF here in London. Since our in-depth interview with film director Bahman Gobadi we’ve been intrigued to hear more from this sector of the ‘Iranian peoples’. The Kurds are a nation without a state, probably the largest stateless people in the world: over 30 uprooted million … Continue reading

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How Tea-Drinking Has Calmed Us Over Many Generations…

This month Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai shows ‘Obscure Stream of Life, But I’m Still Having My Afternoon Cuppa’ by Iranian artist Bita Fayyazi, with whom we speak, for this week’s Six Pillars to Persia. Comparing Fayyazi’s decisively instinctive modus operandi and her tumultuous underlying concerns to the stream-of-consciousness writing of that towering figure … Continue reading

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Two free tickets to Kayhan Kalhor, Madjid Khaladj and ensemble

We’ll be giving away two tickets to Kayhan Kalhor, Madjid Khaladj and ensemble for Sunday 13 November 2011, 7:45pm to celebrate the London Jazz Festival on next month. Kalhor is acclaimed master of the kemancheh and Grammy Award nominee. Tune in this Monday 13.30 GMT to find out how to win… http://www.resonancefm.com/listen Continue reading