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Threads of Resilience | Concerts | Sounds of Togetherness
14.Dezember 2023 19:00 - 15.Dezember 2023 00:00
Organised by Oyoun
With Jumoke Adeyanju, Liaam Iman, Qeas Pirzad, AŸA + Batila
This evening will gather a plethora of sonic voices. The concerts and spoken word performances will feature both artists close to Oyoun as well as new faces who are joining the session in solidarity with the current situation and as a sign of togetherness.
Let's come together and dance!
Jumoke Adeyanju is an interdisciplinary, multilingual author, curator and dancer. She occasionally performs as a vinyl selector and aspiring sound artist under her pseudonym mokeyanju. Jumoke is the founder of the Poetry Meets Series [est. 2014], co-curator of Sensitivities of Dance at SAVVY Contemporary and hosts her own radio show Sauti ya àkókò on Refuge Worldwide. She has presented her artistic work at international literary festivals, performing in English, German, Kiswahili and Yorùbá.
Liaam Iman is a versatile vocalist, composer, percussionist and Reiki-practitioner of Algerian, Kabyle descent. After graduating from Art school in 2012, specialising in interactive performance and choreography they have been exploring the intersections between migration, belonging and healing through music and performance.
Since 2005, they have performed and worked on a wide range of music, theatre and art projects in many European countries and Tunisia where they won the music award at the International feminist festival Chouftouhonna 2017 for their solo act. They are currently based in Berlin and working on their solo debut Album.
Qeas Pirzad's art critically examines the construction of personalized realities. Born to Afghan parents in the Netherlands, Pirzad adeptly navigates the juxtaposed realms within and outside his home. As a multidisciplinary artist, Pirzad expresses his perception of reality through a diverse range of mediums, encompassing oil on canvas, digital collage, poetry, performance art, music and spoken word. In his vision of reality, he seamlessly embodies various facets of his life, without the need to sacrifice one for another. This theme of multiplicity threads through Pirzad's entire body of work, positioning him as a pioneer in the realm of "Afghan Futurism”. The otherworldly compositions of his projects invite viewers on an unrestricted visual voyage. His intention is for this journey to ignite moments of awakening in those who experience it.
AŸA (Avia Shoshani) is a self-taught singer-songwriter, producer & artist based in Berlin. Her composition combines a unique twist on her Moroccan and Yemeni roots with contemporary pop and r&b melodies. Growing up in an environment of political and personal crisis,
AŸA had no alternative but to put her struggles into her musical storytelling, and she has so much to say. In each and every performance, AŸA demonstrates a wide range of experience, consistently delivering one-of-a-kind live adventures - taking audiences along for a very honest, but magical journey. She found her voice while performing on the biggest world stages including Eurovision, arenas filled with hundreds of thousands of people, tv shows, clubs, circuses, theaters, star observatories, and more.
Batila is a songwriter living in Berlin. He is the child of Congolese-Angolan parents and grew up between Berlin and London. Batila's music (Batila means protector) is "soulphisticated, colourful and lively". Besides Congolese roots, there is also a touch of R&B and soft, jazzy vibes. In addition to numerous live concerts all over the world, his debut album 'Tatamana' was released in November 2021, which was recorded between Berlin and Kinshasa in the DRC.
This event is part of the Threads of Resilience Festival
Given the current situation and urgency to express, we decided to co-organise a community-led and collectively curated 3-day festival “Threads of Resilience” from 14-16 December at Oyoun.Those include a press conference, bazaar, panels, film screening, talks, exhibition, workshops, concerts, healing session, theater, puppet show for children, and parties. With this festival, we want to reflect on and learn from movements of resistance, resilience, and solidarity across the world and come together for three days of ephemerality and collaborative archiving. We want to address and speak out against repression, silencing, instrumentalisation, and division. We need to continue to empower, promote, and celebrate pluralistic perspectives from, with, and intersectionally marginalised communities.Admission is based on free donation (nobody will be denied entry if they cannot donate). All proceeds will be given to organizations in support of victims of racist police violence and to organizations giving legal support to people threatened with deportation.
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