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Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat

NCEM, York
Saturday 6 June 7:30pm

Adults £13.00 | Concessions £11.00 | Students £5.00

Sisters Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat are two brave and inspiring vocalists from Iran. Accompanying themselves on plucked setar and frame drum, their voices interweave in a magical web of sound which had the audience transfixed at last year's WOMAD Festival. What's all the more remarkable given their international acclaim, is that under Iranian Islamic law they are prohibited from performing publicly at home.

'The effect of the songs is transformative' Songlines'
Read the Songlines magazine article about Mahsa and Marjan here 
Their voices intertwine creating an intense tapestry of sound' Evening Standard 

We will be showing of Sisters -  the documentary on the Vahdat Sisters at 4.00pm which will include a short  introduction by Emmy award winning film maker Andrew Smith. Entry is free but please book here

Following on from the documentary there will be a panel discussion at 5.00pm which will include Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat, Deeyah Khan and Dr Lisa Peschel of the University of York who has recently rediscovered extensive archival material of performances, scripts and revues performed in the Nazi ghetto Terezinstadt. The panel will be asked to explore from their personal and political perspective different aspects of freedom of expression in repressive regimes; the interface between artistic inspiration and life in repressive regimes, getting the message out and the role of the media in terms of providing exposure. You are then invited to join us for a drinks reception at 6.15pm prior to the performance.  

This event is part of the York Festival of Ideas 

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