LAAF and LIMF Unite at Summer Jam Weekend
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) and Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) are partnering for the first time to showcase some of the hottest Arab musical talent during the Sunday of LIMF Summer Jam (22 to 24 July), a free event in Sefton Park.
The impressive line-up for the LAAF Family Day includes Glastonbury showstoppers and electro-mijwez, shamstep, choubi group 47SOUL, who will also bring their high-energy show to the event. The music of 47SOUL combines Debka, the traditional Palestinian street music and dance, with deep electronic beats mixed with sounds of the Middle East. Whether it’s sparking new dance styles or songs about breaking down border check points, the band makes freedom of movement the subject of their songs and performances.
The newly announced acts will complement the stellar LIMF programme that includes Sigma, The Wombats, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Lianne La Havas, Netsky, Kwabs, Ms Dynamite, Maverick Sabre, John Power, Dave McCabe and the Ramifications and much more.
LAAF will bring its hugely popular Family Day to the Palm House in Sefton Park on Sunday 24 July, where internationally acclaimed acts will showcase the best in Arab music, including award-winning Swedish group Tarabband, whose unique style of Arab music is influenced by other music styles, from Middle Eastern and Nordic folk to traditional jazz.
Yaz Fentazi Trio will present their special fusion of classical Arabic, Chaabi, and Gnawa led by Algerian Oud player Yazid Fentazi, while Whirling Durvish/Sufi Mahmoud Pharaon will stage a fascinating and hypnotic performance.
Musicians with roots in Arab culture will also appear elsewhere in Sefton Park during the LAAF Family Day, with critically acclaimed jazz pianist Bruno Heinen and Danish guitarist Kristian Borring exploring the works of modern jazz pianist Bill Evans at the Mellowtone Bandstand stage on Sunday 24 July.
In addition to the incredible music performances, festival goers can also enjoy an Arabian Souk, traditional cultural merchandise and cuisine, plus family-friendly activities including storytelling, Henna, and children’s crafts.