Music & Speakers for Tales of the Silk Road Lebanon

Juliana Yazbeck

Bagri Foundation and Shorts On presents Chapter Two Tales of the Silk Road series focusing on Lebanon this Monday, 25 February at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA from 7pm. Join us on a thoughtful exploration of Lebanese contemporary culture through music, short film and discussion. ‘Tales of the Silk Road’ is a new cross-art series of events which started in Autumn 2018 and continues throughout 2019. View the trailer here. 


Seven incredible short films from about Lebanon and the diaspora will screen as part of the evening. Find out more about the films here. As part of the night, we are thrilled that a selection of fantastic special guests are joining us! The evening will be hosted by Nasri Atallah, a British-Lebanese writer, television host and producer. Nasri’s writing and pop culture criticism has appeared in The Guardian, GQ, Little White Lies, Brownbook and on the BBC Arts Hour. He is the author of a collection of essays, Our Man in Beirut, and a forthcoming crime novel.

The lively night of Lebanese culture will be opened by the incredible, award-winning Lebanese musician, writer and performer Juliana Yazbeck with a set of original material with a fabulous fusion of spoken word and songs. Born in New Jersey, USA, to displaced parents fleeing civil war, Juliana moved to post-war Lebanon at a very young age. Her mixed cultural background influences her music: lyrics in English and Arabic tackle gender issues, displacement, identity, racial inequality, war-and-peace, and universal love, fusing Arabic aural traditions with soul and hip-hop poetry. Live band members Drums: Amanda Brown (drums) Sonia Konaté (guitar) and Max Mella (bass) create an otherworldly backdrop of sound that perfectly carries Yazbeck’s timeless yet critically present message.

An engaging in conversation follows the film screenings with directors Directors Mounia Akl, Helene Dancer, Marc Hardman, Ethan Jahan, and Lara Zeidan, with guest speaker Dr Claire Louise Launchbury and the evening’s host Nasri Atallah. Claire Launchbury is an academic, writer and activist. She has taught French and Cultural Studies at universities in the UK, France and Australia. Her research concentrates on Beirut and memory cultures of the civil war with a forthcoming monograph Beirut and the Urban Memory Machine scheduled to be published by Amsterdam University Press. She has recently undertaken training in Refugee Care at the Tavistock Centre and the University of Essex.

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