Migration Matters festival hosts preview of Interplay Now

A brief presentation about the project on 20th June 2019 at Theatre Deli as a part of Migration Matters festival 2019. Included a performance spot for Azam Hassan and Naji Hussein after only the second weekly session of Interplay Now. This is a new project by Virtual Migrants in collaboration with Sheffield Refugee Council. The project aims to bring together very different musical genres, cultures and communities to create new music. We also want to encourage deeper understanding of the background to that music both artistically and socially using educative journalism.

Azam Hassan singing his own composition with an introduction to Interplay Now by Kooj Chuhan:

Naji Hussein at Migration Matters festival playing the Saz with accompaniment on Darbuka by Abdul Soufi:

Kooj Chuhan delivered a short introduction so that the audience could get a grip on what the project is about. A crash-edited promo video for the project using footage filmed by members of the collective was also shown so that everyone could get a feel for the project. It all, well, went down nicely with the audience! Huge thanks to Migration Matters and Theatre Deli (Sheffield) for their support!

Migration Matters festival

Migration Matters festival is the largest Refugee week Festival in the UK. It is pay what you feel theatre and arts festival that celebrates the positive impact migration & refugees have had on Sheffield & the UK.  The festival has been commended for its inclusion of artists, volunteers and audience members from a diverse set of backgrounds and communities. Bringing Sheffield’s communities together through art, performance and celebration. Sheffield was the UK’s first City of Sanctuary and it is a city that is made vibrant by its diversity and interconnecting cultures.

rehearsing for Migration Matters festival
Naji in rehearsal with Interplay Now at SADACCA Studios (photo by Sabreen Ghanem)

Next gig: August 1st 2019 official launch

Next gig will be our proper launch! August 1st at Theatre Deli – more details at https://interplaynow.org/2019/07/sheffield-interplay-now-collective-live-with-arash-sabet/ . We are very pleased to have Arash with us on the project!

Interplay Now Collective live at Theatre Deli poster

Our brilliant funders, collaborators and partners:

Interplay Now funders, collaborators and partners logos 2019

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