Palfest makes a return to MK

Oud player Ehsan Emam will be performing at PalFest. PNL-150826-120704001
Oud player Ehsan Emam will be performing at PalFest. PNL-150826-120704001

A celebration of all things Palestinian is taking place next month.

Milton Keynes’ fourth PalFest is happening on September 6, at Milton Keynes Academy.

Featuring Oud soloist Ehsan Eman, a performer and teacher of Arabic music, the event is taking place between noon and 4pm.

As well as music, there will be performances of traditional Dabke dancing, a chance to try Palestinian food, arts and crafts, films and a photographic exhibition produced by children living in the West Bank town of Bil’in.

The event is organised by MK Palestine Solidarity Campaign and has received funding, to the tune of £750, from the MK Community Foundation.

Oud soloist Ehsan was born in Baghdad and graduated from the Iraqi Institute of Music Studies.

The oud is pear-shaped string instrument constructed in a similar way to the lute.

Dabke dancing is a form of circle dance and line dancing and is often performed at weddings and other special occasions.

The first Palfest was held in 2012 to raise awareness of Palestine and to celebrate its culture.