Festival of ‘lovers’ explores Arabic and Middle Eastern music culture

The Ahbab Festival at the Junction, in Cambridge. Pictured: Maya Youssef ANL-160601-114438001
The Ahbab Festival at the Junction, in Cambridge. Pictured: Maya Youssef ANL-160601-114438001
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The Ahbab Festival is landing in Cambridge from February 12 to 14, bringing with it a host of talent from the Middle East and the Arab world.

Meaning ‘lovers’ in Arabic, the Arabic music festival will bring together music acts, film screenings and documentaries, plus panel discussions and workshops with musical experts, to celebrate the heritage and diversity of Arabic music.

The Ahbab Festival at the Junction, in Cambridge. Pictured: El Gusto ANL-160601-114427001

The Ahbab Festival at the Junction, in Cambridge. Pictured: El Gusto ANL-160601-114427001

Performing artists include Syrian virtuoso Kanun player Maya Youssef and solo singer Natacha Atlas, whose work spans genres from hip-hop to jazz.

Film screenings include On The Banks Of The Tigris, celebrating Iraqi music, and El Gusto, a story of Algerian Jewish and Muslim musicians.

The final day, Valentine’s Day, will be dedicated to love in songs and cinema.

To find out more, see junction.co.uk/events/the-ahbab-festival

The Ahbab Festival at the Junction, in Cambridge. Pictured: Matacha Atlas ANL-160601-114449001

The Ahbab Festival at the Junction, in Cambridge. Pictured: Matacha Atlas ANL-160601-114449001