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Yalda Night in London: Celebrating the Iranian Winter Solstice

Source: Iran Heritage Foundation

Yalda Night
image courtesty of Hamid Navim

A free event celebrating the spirit of the Iranian celebration of Shab-e Yalda as part of the Nour Festival of contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts.

Organised by Leighton House Museum

Supported by Iran Heritage Foundation and The Soudavar Foundation

Shab-e Yalda is an ancient Iranian celebration of the winter solstice. A festival of ancient origin, Yalda has woven around it a night that embodies the highly textured heritage of this historic land and is still enjoyed in Iranian homes worldwide.

Yalda is traditionally celebrated on the night of winter solstice. This year on the 22nd of December 2011. However, as part of the Nour Festival, the spirit of Yalda will be marked on November 30th this year. Visitors will delight in fine delicacies complimented by music and the prophetic poetry of Hafez as we journey through Yalda.

18:45 - 19:45

Nava Arts UK will be playing the authentic maqam music of Kurdistan with Arash Moradi on Tambour and Fariborz Kiannejad on Tombak.

20:00 - 20:45

Alamute will be playing contemporary music composed by Roya Arab who will also be on piano and provide vocals, accompanied by Tansay Omar on Drums, Ashkan Koosha on Bass Guitar, Hamid Navim on Santour and Masoud Sharifian on Sitar, with rap provided by Reveal and sin.laam.

21:00 - 22:00

Divan of Hafez with Suzie Ziai

Ticket Information
The event is free of charge. Due to limited capacity early arrival is recommended. Doors open at 6.30pm.

When & Where
Wednesday 30th November 2011
18:30 - 22:00

Leighton House Museum
12 Holland Park Road
London W14 8LZ

Bookings and Information
Tel: +44 (0)20 7602 3316 

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