The one and only artistic Arabic live music and belly dance stage show, The Arab Quarterly is on hold during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets will be available as soon as possible for our 34th Arab Quarterly show so watch this space! In the meantime, stay safe!
The Arab Quarter was set up in 2009 by Melanie Norman and Hassan Mostafa with the intent of producing a centre of excellence in the fields of live Arabian music and oriental dance. To date they have produced well over 30 shows at prestigious London venues, including 32 Arab Quarterly performances. Many famous professional, international and UK dancers have shared stage with them such as Magdy El-Leisy, Sundari Silke Rau, Khaled Mahmoud, Marta Korzun, Azad Kaan, Mercedes Nieto, Sabriye Tekbilek, Maelle Danse, Bina Danse, Laura Cernigiliaro, Jalila, Daniela Belluati, Farah Haraf, Pegah Rahmani, Barbara Olyus, Tamar Bar-Gil, Tracey Gibbs, Francesca Kalos, Sarah Malik, Gwen Booth, Farah Nasri, Giselle Castro, Anna Kemper, Judit Velkei, Juliana Brustik, Maelle Mayel, Sarasvati Dance, Vanessa, Bianca Ramos, Ellie Nazanin, Tevec Ibrahim, Tara Lee Oakley, Frederique Assor Liscia and shining lights Stephanie Maigret, Eve Layali, Shakira Jacobs, Amani, Victoria Bellydancer, Rachel-Christine Loveyourbelly, Shereen Alicia, Sureya Bellydance, Kloe Rumsey, Poppy Platanias, Rachael Borek, Ariadna Silva Chavez, Molly Robbo, Roxane Grant, Renata Uss and many more dancers of standing to be acknowledged in future events because the list is extensive!
This stunning event brings the completely unique talents of The Arab Quarter Band to stage with musicians who have enjoyed staggering musical careers, all having played for legendary orchestras and bands over their vast experience, including that of Umm Kulthum in the case of Emile Bassili (violin) and Plant/Page of Led Zeppelin fame in the case of Hassan Mostafa (vocal and tabla). Bassel Seaf (nay) is renowned in his native Syria, has performed with famous singers and graced many professional concerts and has a great knowledge of both classical and modern repertoire, and George Dergham (keyboard) to this day is called upon throughout the Arab world for his exceptional musicianship.
Sharing stage with The Arab Quarter Band are carefully selected professional oriental dancers and highly gifted dance enthusiasts who bring unique dance voices and passions to our event, always beautifully costumed and providing a colourful and vibrant display of artistic merit. Our dancers are passionate about dancing to the special live music of The Arab Quarter Band and that exceptional musical and dance chemistry that comes out of a natural well of joy and intense commitment together.
During the show there are two opportunities for the audience to join The Arab Quarter Band on stage during a short "audience boogie" section. This interactive and fun element is enormously popular with both cast and audience. So come and try the moves!!
We also have a splendid oriental market stall, Zara's Zouk, who bring a generous selection of dance garments and sparkling coin belts - ideal for a gift or to augment a dancer's wardrobe. This adds fun to the interval and is extremely popular.
So do come and enjoy the fun and vitality at this exceptional event. We look forward to welcoming you to a great night out!
© 2019 Melanie Norman t/as The Arab Quarter