Stay a Little Longer will encourage visitors to connect with the community on the Avenue, to engage with different cultures, and to experience Ramadan through the eyes of other cultures.
Integral to the coming together of different cultures during Ramadan, food will be prominent throughout the nine days. Food pop-ups will be open throughout the Avenue for visitors to break their fast, and on 5 April, Avenue resident, Kave, will be hosting a slow suhoor.
Late night programming will take place from 8pm-11.30pm, and will include free activities for everyone to attend. Grounded in the act of storytelling, and the different forms storytelling takes across cultures, each event will encourage visitors to slow down, and take a moment to listen and learn.
The Storytelling series, curated by Shereen Saif, on 1 and 5 April, will deliver stories about home and personal identity in different languages. On 4 and 8 April, poetry sessions will take place with Danebelle Gutierrez, and live music will filter throughout all programming with an Indian classical performance, and a performance by ZigZag Ghanem, amongst others. Each evening, visitors are invited to bring objects from home to exchange at the Faire Trade barter pop-up, or browse a curated selection of books in the Bootleg Griot.
Communal seating will be placed throughout The Yard so that visitors can stay a little longer and enjoy this time with friends and family. The art of arabic coffee-making demonstrations will be taking place on 8 and 9 April; Slow Art Walks will guide visitors around the Avenue’s resident galleries on 1, 4 and 5 April; and, the exhibition ‘A Gathering of Lovers’ by Maryam Lamei presented byDastaangoi will be opening at Jossa by Alserkal.
This Ramadan, pair your Iftar with a Listening Party with Kerning Cultures, or follow your suhoor with a screening at Cinema Akil, and stay a little longer at Alserkal Avenue.
More information, including the full programme, go to alserkal.online