Sky­walker DJs at Ka­hareb

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When Sky­walker, one of Pales­tine’s few fe­male DJs is asked if there are any mis­con­cep­tions about her, she says: “I am a techno DJ – we some­times run into trou­ble, but that is just life, I guess. I love to dance and I en­joy the mu­sic a lot. This was the eas­i­est, most prac­ti­cal way of do­ing it – be­come the DJ.”

Sky­walker started play­ing records in pub­lic more than a decade ago, in her teens, at par­ties around Ra­mal­lah. In 2011, she moved to the United King­dom to for­mally study audio en­gi­neer­ing and mu­sic pro­duc­tion. She re­leased two al­bums soon af­ter­wards, and moved to Cairo in 2013 to work as a pro­ducer, part­ner­ing with an or­gan­i­sa­tion called Eka3 to launch awyav – a pub­lish­ing agency rep­re­sent­ing in­de­pen­dent artists “Grow­ing up in Egypt has al­ways felt like liv­ing in a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic world,” says Ganzeer, an artist and graphic nov­el­ist who now lives in New York. “I imag­ine this must be true for most fallen em­pires, places where peo­ple sort of cob­ble to­gether their lives against the back­drop of past glory.

“It tends to gen­er­ate weird, con­flict­ing feel­ings and at­ti­tudes, where one can both take pride in their her­itage and cul­ture as well as loathe Otared, When artists around the world are dis­placed and bor­ders closed, new hy­brid theatre forms must be cre­ated to pro­vide in­ti­mate per­for­mances for au­di­ences who might be thou­sands of miles away.

There are a cou­ple of per­for­mances that will be pre­sented at the Ar­cola Theatre dur­ing the Shub­bak Fes­ti­val that of­fer novel so­lu­tions to this prob­lem.

Photo by K P Nor­man

The So­lar Grid by graphic nov­el­ist Ganzeer, who will speak at The Wak­ing Night­mare. Three Rooms; For the Ab­sent Ones

The Wak­ing Night­mare

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