Based in East Oxford Marhaba is a popular and well established collaboration between various Oxford groups providing a platform for sharing music and dance between diverse communities – making the international local.  As part of the Discovery Zone of this year’s Cowley Carnival and curated by Confluence Collective, Marhaba will be hosting The World Stage at the Church of St Mary and St John with an international range of music and dance provided by locally based artists, guests and enthusiasts, to listen to, watch and join in… see below for the schedule.

This rich and welcoming event will throughout the day also include film shows of the work of Oxford dance artist Ana Barbour (1966 – 2017) to whose memory the event is dedicated, as well as poetry and music.

Key performance times are:

12.00 Film and ad hoc performance
1.25 Mue
1.40 Shakhosi
2.00 Dabke dance workshop by visiting Ramallah group
2.30 Café Reason Butoh Dance Theatre
2.45 Rumi for one more – interpretations and reflections on the work f Rumi
3.45 Pencak Silat Indonesian dance and music
4.00 The Littlemore Oratorio (abridged version)

When:  Sunday 1st July, 12.00-5.15pm

Venue:  Church of St Mary & St John, 1 Leopold Street (off Cowley Road), Oxford OX4 1PS

All welcome, no charge

Find out about this event here

Find out more about Marhaba here

Find out more about Ana Barbour and her work here

Further information about Confluence Collective here

 

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Confluence Collective is inspired by the musical traditions of Oxford’s richly diverse communities. Its unique and constantly expanding repertoire blends music from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. Confluence Collective has no boundaries; its musicians will transport you from Portugal to the Punjab, from Spain to Senegal, from Iran to India, in fact to anywhere in the world.  Increasingly dance is becoming a part of Confluence events which are open to all, and the Collective welcomes dancers of all genres.

The next monthly Confluence Cafe takes place on Saturday 19th May.  At this free event there will be music, dance and poetry from around the world, as expressed by people living in Oxford. There will be food and good company, and if you would like to perform or take part in a performance, then there will be plenty of opportunity. Bring and share food, music, dance or poetry or just come along and enjoy.

There will be some special considerations of the work of Rumi and a chance to join in with some group songs written for the Littlemore Oratorio – in particular All Shall be Well arranged from mystic words by Andrew Smith and Malcolm Atkins

The Confluence Collective look forward to seeing you there.

Date:  Saturday 19th May 2.00-5.00pm

Venue:  St Luke’s Church, Canning Crescent, Oxford OX1 4XB

Find out more here