Adventures in Arab Techno
The outstanding DUB-KE series of events presents the wide world of Arab techno. This latest edition of DUB-KE, part of WE MOKHTALEFS, focuses on queer DJs that build bridges between techno and house, a club atmosphere and a safe space. The diverse range of music on offer stretches from »Arab Trap« to »Oriental House«.
Shrouk El-Attar's Dancing Queer! DJ Dziri Dabke Workshop Zamr DJ Anas
SHROUK EL-ATTAR is an electronics design engineer who was born in Egypt and has been living in the United Kingdom as a refugee since 2007. She is an activist for refugee rights in the UK, and for LGBT rights in her native Egypt.
She performs as a belly dancer in an act called »Dancing Queer«, to raise funds for legal defense fees for LGBT people in Egypt, and to help with relocation for those persecuted and at risk because of their gender or sexuality.
Belly dancers should have long hair and shave their legs and underarms? Well, not this one! Named by the United Nations as Young Woman of the Year and listed by the BBC top 100 influential women Worldwide, this Egyptian, hairy, bearded, pierced and tattooed Queer Refugee dancer will give you a very authentic performance with a twist!
»Although I don't believe that neither I, nor anyone, needs to provide a reason to dance: I dance because where I come from being a belly dancer is considered to be shameful. I dance to break a stereotype of what a belly dancer «should look like». I dance because I want to show the world that you can absolutely be a belly dancer and a kick-ass engineer at the same time! I dance because it connects me to my roots and culture. I dance because it makes me happy. But perhaps most importantly, I dance as a form of protest against the treatment of my LGBT+ siblings persecuted around the world just for being who they are. « - Shrouk El Attar
♥ We will not conform to your gender roles ♥
Known for her genre-bending approach, DJ DZIRI takes the audience on a trip through the unexpected, going from the deeper side of minimal techno and acid house to mesmerizing Middle Eastern & North African sounds.
Blending her belgo-tunisian roots into dancefloor-friendly sounds, she started her own party series called Souk Sessions, first in Toronto, and later in Europe in her native country – Belgium. Dziri also made her mark as a producer releasing her first EP »Glimpse of an Eye« in June 2019. She recently played her first Boiler Room, where she shared the decks with techno veterans Ellen Allien and Juan Atkins.