An ode to Mother: nature, love, longing, and loss.

Poetry, live music, song, and story.

Zikra (meaning ‘memory’ in Arabic) gathers cherished and disparate strands of enchanting music and poetry from the Middle East, weaving them into a contemporary tapestry of the diasporic experience. This new fabric blends nostalgia and discovery with themes of love, nature, longing, and loss. 

Evocative texts in dialects of Arabic and Farsi tell stories rich in metaphor, as relevant today as they have been for hundreds of years. Discover the mesmerising sounds of iconic Middle Eastern women, such as Googoosh and Fairuz, hear personal tales of poet and singer Gabriela Georges (a 2nd generation Syrian-Australian), and enchanting arrangements of iconic Middle Eastern repertoire.

Performed by Zikra – Gabriela Georges (vocals, poetry), Tony Pain (guitar, musical direction), Ariel Valent (accordion, keyboard, percussion), Ben Harmsen (bass guitar)

Image by Zikra

Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

75% Aural rating Symbol

Aural Rating 75%: Mainly sound-based, with visuals only incidental to the work, so blind or low vision audiences can have close to the full experience of the event.