Posted: Wed 10th Jul 2024

Unforgettable evening of music and dance from Eastern Europe and the Middle East in Llangollen for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

An unforgettable evening of free music and dance from Eastern Europe and the Middle East will take place in Llangollen this week.

Starting at 6pm on Friday 12 July, Gales Wine Bar will be graced by three acts showcasing a vast range of musical talent, cultural backgrounds and influences from around the globe.

The event will take the public on a musical journey which mixes Middle Eastern influences with English and Welsh, showcasing a multicultural
mix of original music.

Wrexham-based Panedeni will headline the event, bringing their Middle Eastern and Welsh Folk fusion to Llangollen.

The headline set (8:30-9:30pm) will see all of the nights artists taking the stage together behind Singer & Songwriter Yasmine Latkowski (whose composition work can be heard in Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me, BBC Africa Eye and BBC2 Art of Persia) in a truly exciting new musical venture .

Also performing on the evening (6:30-7:00pm) is Tim Eastwood, who will be playing Welsh, borders and Breton folk music from the mediaeval to the modern on Welsh bagpipes.

Tim takes inspiration from Welsh tradition and his own experience as a folk and jazz multi-instrumentalist.

Bakhita (7:30-8:00pm) is a trio made up of Joëlle Barker, Katie Stevens and Sam Slater.

Attendees can expect Haunting sax, irresistible rhythms, atmospheric ney and clarinet and complex melodies on the oud.

Bakhita play music from ancient to modern Cairo and the middle East. Expect some sensual and exciting ‘Baladi’ Classics, iconic pieces from Adel Waheb and the more reflective compositions of Anouar Brahem.

All bought together with their unique, individual flair virtuosic soloing and a story all of their own.

A spokesperson said: “This event is about expanding horizons and crossing cultural borders, blurring the lines between the Eastern and Western folk music that we want to share and celebrate.

“We want to bring people together through music and dance. Everybody will be made to feel welcome.”

This event forms part of the Llangollen Fringe Festival programme and is supported by the Arts Council of Wales.


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