Fierce Voices features a phenomenal range of London-based Arab female DJs, spoken word poets, music and rap artists in an evening that firmly places women’s creativity centre stage.

The stellar line-up features Yomn Al-Kaisi, whose work explores grief, love and identity; Tasneim Zyada, a perfectly calm storm on the spoken word scene; Rayane Chami a poet championing community with a passion for heavy emotions; and Bint Mbareh, an experimental musician and performer who channels rituals from the past to summon new modes of resistance in the present. Bint7alal, is a rapper who specialises in smooth flows and energy-filled sounds and from the depths of the Arab underground DJ Nooriyah’s set crosses borders with a mix of electro Arab, electronic Middle Eastern sounds, Dabkeh deep-bass and North African groove. Be there!

Now in its 7th year, AWAN is an initiative by Arts Canteen, bringing together an exciting and eclectic mix of collaborations and projects from inspiring Arab women artists.

تقدم فعالية "أصوات قويّة" مجموعة رائعة واستثنائية من منسقات الموسيقى (فنانات الدي جي) وشاعرات الكلمة المنطوقة وفنانات الراب والموسيقى العربيات المقيمات في لندن في أمسية تضع إبداع المرأة في الصدارة.

تضم المجموعة المميزة الفنانات يمن القيسي التي تستكشف أعمالها الحزن والحب والهوية، وتسنيم زيادة التي يشكل شعرها قوة ناعمة في مشهد شعر الكلمة المنطوقة، وريان شامي وهي شاعرة تناصر المجتمع ولديها شغف بالعواطف القوية، وبنت امبارح، وهي عازفة وموسيقية تجريبية تستحضر طقوس الماضي لتبتكر أنماطًا جديدة من المقاومة في الحاضر، وبنت حلال، وهي مغنية راب تتخصص في التدفقات السلسة والأصوات المليئة بالطاقة، ومن أعماق الموسيقى العربية المستقلة والبديلة (underground) تعبر الدي جي نوريّة الحدود بمزيج من الموسيقى الكهربائية العربية والموسيقى الإلكترونية الشرق أوسطية والدبكة العالية والقوية والموسيقى الإيقاعية الشمال أفريقية، فكن/كوني على الموعد!

يجمع مهرجان "أوان" في عامه السابع، وهو مبادرة أطلقها "آرتس كانتين"، بين مزيج مثير ومتنوع من التعاونات والمشروعات الفنية التي تضطلع بها فنانات عربيات مُلهِمات.

An Iraqi-Palestinian Londoner. She currently works as a researcher for an NGO focused on civilian rights in the Middle East and North Africa. In the past, she has performed poems exploring grief, love, and identity at various venues including Arab Women Artists Now, the Mela Festival and others. She has an MSc in Middle East Politics from SOAS, University of London.

An Arab rapper and producer who sonically specialises in smooth flows and energy-filled sounds. Rooted in her homeland's struggles, she tells her stories through lenses of decolonisation, intersectional feminism and revolutionary notions while maintaining her signature indignant and nonchalant attitude.

Rayane is a Lebanese, London-based postdoctoral psychology researcher, jewellery maker, and poet who had been an active member of the poetry scene between 2016 and 2019. Her poetry has featured across a diverse range of events in London, including Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) by Arts Canteen, English Pen at Goldsmiths, SPEAK = by London Queer Writers, Love Fest London by Schmidt Productions, Deadline by Two Pale Ladies, and Branches Exhibition by Dima Karout.

Her poetry reflects her dedication to mental health research. She aims to create a safe space for discussing heavy emotions, in order to highlight our common humanity and evoke a sense of community among seemingly diverse individuals.

She will be performing for the first time in two years at Shubbak Festival.

Bint Mbareh layers her own voice to echo the sounds of forgotten Palestinian pasts and to construct possible Palestinian futures. Through researching the rich Palestinian tradition of resistance to tyranny, Bint Mbareh invites listeners to participate in an ongoing sonic journey to the future of Palestinian refusals. With spiritual elements and an insistence on reclamation and entitlement to the music that are ours, Bint Mbareh refuses anything less than a joyful, indulgent sound for our communities.

Nooriyah is a DJ and filmmaker based in London. As a DJ, she is known for playing upbeat popular records infused with Middle Eastern and North African sounds. She hosts two MENA specialist shows on Foundation FM and Plus 1 Radio and is now forging her way as an international DJ, having made her New York, Rotterdam and Dubai debuts.

A nationwide featured spoken word artist. Her performances have included the Lyric Hammersmith Evolution Festival (2020), Waltham Forest Mela (2019), the Migration and Diaspora Literature Festival (2019), the AWAN festival (2018) and the Poetry Cafe for Refugee Awareness week in London (2017). Her work discusses mental health, displacement, relationships, faith, identity and womanhood. Tasneim is a freelance creative, facilitating writing workshops and a mindfulness coach for ASRA run club. She has done voiceover work for the multi-award winning podcast: Have you Heard George’s Podcast? (2019) and has featured alongside ASRA run club in Nike's #UntilWeAllWin global campaign (2020).

Presented in partnership with Arts Canteen, AWAN and Rich Mix. Produced by Arts Canteen.


Sat 17 July 2021

7.30pm (show 8pm)


90 minutes.
Suitable for 16 years+

Rich Mix is a fully accessible venue.
BSL interpreted.


£12 adults, £8 concessions
Contact the venue for tickets and further information.
020 7613 7498

Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Road
London, E1 6LA
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