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Hossam and Serena Ramzy who will be performing at the gala festival
Hossam and Serena Ramzy who will be performing at the gala festival

Press Release - 09 April 2008

Spectacle of Middle Eastern dance comes to Bath

A gala festival of Persian, Egyptian and Turkish dance and music will be held in Bath Assembly Rooms on Friday 18 April, between 7pm and 1am. It will be followed by two days of workshops and seminars at the University of Bath.

The gala night will showcase spectacular music and dance performances involving celebrated dancers and musicians from all over the world, including Hossam Ramzy, who has collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Gypsy Kings, Robert Plant and many more acclaimed artists.

The night will also include celebrated artists Robyn Friend and Baran Ensemble, plus a visual show, a live music disco, an authentic bazaar, a Mediterranean buffet dinner and more. All are welcome, proceeds from the event will go to Medecins Sans Frontieres.

“It will be a magical evening bringing people from east and west together, helping to increase understanding and tolerance," said Dr Serpil Awdry who is the co-organiser of the event.

As well as showcasing their unique style of music and dance, these renowned musicians and dancers will give a series of workshops and seminars on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April at the University of Bath. The diverse workshops will be an opportunity for both beginners and intermediates to explore dance techniques from Egypt, Turkey and beyond.

Tickets for the gala evening cost £30, including civic reception and buffet dinner (7pm-1am), or £20 excluding reception and dinner (9pm-1am). Bath Assembly Rooms are located at Bennett St.

Tickets for the workshop cost £45,(Saturday) and £55 (Sunday) and will be held at the University’s Claverton Campus, Bath. For full workshop schedule details and pricing, visit the 1001 Nights Society website, details above. Tickets are available from ICIA Box Office, ICIA Bath, Tel: 01225 386 777.

Dr Charareh Pourzand who is the artistic director of the University’s 1001 Nights Society and holder of BANES Women Who Make a Difference award said:

“From the conception of our society in 2000, local artists and voluntary workers have joined our efforts to prepare a fun cultural charity forum at the University. This year in partnership with the University’s Institute of Contemporary and Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA) we have been able to prepare something exceptional thanks to support received from BANES and Arts Council England.”

The festival is presented by the 1001 Nights Society in partnership with the University’s Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA) supported by BANES and Arts Council England.


Dr Charareh Pourzand is the 2008 holder of the Women Who Make a Difference award in acknowledgment of her accomplishments in undertaking life-changing research at the University of Bath, her varied contributions to life in Bath and North East Somerset and her charitable work. The award seeks to highlight the many and varied contributions that women make to life in the county, through voluntary work within the community, acting as role models to others, or making a substantial difference to lives of others within the community.

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