On a Saturday afternoon a stone’s throw from Camden, the hub for London's live music scene, Restless Beings held its annual gathering of change-makers, supporters and humanitarians to celebrate our 6th anniversary.
Over hundred guests were entertained by a wonderful array of singers, dancers and performing artist all under our international folk theme.
First up was Empty White Circles, a 5-piece American Folk band whose harmonies and infectious guitar riffs set the tone for the rest of the night. Just as the set was drawing to a close they left the stage and performed an acoustic number in the midst of the audience, suddenly reducing the grand hall with its huge von Hitchens murals to a small, intimate venue.
Duo Mike & Khadim followed with music reflecting their influences from across the globe. Khadim's throaty and hearty vocals, reminiscent of his Senegalese roots, thickened Mike's clean and contemporary musicianship.
Amina Khayyam's beautiful performance of Kathak dance, an infusion of traditional Nritta (pure dance) and Nritya (storytelling through narrative) created enchanting silhouettes while Latin soul collective Los Calendarios brought an end to the first part of the show with their smooth blend of mambo and pop tinged with Latin jazz.
Since our inception just over 6 years ago our work has taken us from working with victims of bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan to persecuted Rohingya communities in Burma. As Restless Beings continues to grow, our founding values have not changed, and above all ensuring longevity and sustainability has been at the heart of all of our projects. Our first projected started in Bangladesh where we currently fund a rehabilitation centre for street children, many of whom are victims of sex traffiicking, addicted to drugs and severe malnutrition.
Mabrur Ahmed - co-founder of Restless Beings - introduced our new update video on Bangladesh which included accounts by children who have suffered more in their formative years than most in their entire lives. Ending on a more positive note Mabrur went on to explain our plans for future growth.
If you would like to donate to the Bangladesh street project you can do so here.
After a brief interlude with an array of delectable, traditional Egyptian cuisine, the audience were treated to a tale by gifted storyteller Giles Abbott. With his captivating deliery, a dramatic and powerful story had the audience hanging on Abbott’s every word. The story may have been about King Arthur but its message about self-determination and choice being fundamental rights for women is every bit as relevant in modern times.
The evening’s entertainment was brought to a close by long-time Restless Beings supporter and incredibly talented singer Cherry Lee with her gentle tone and classic acoustic guitar melodies.
Five years ago Cherry wrote a song to raise funds for a very young Restless Beings. Listen to 'Restless'.
Event summaryFolk Law
Join us for an evening of International Folk Music, Dance and Storytelling to celebrate our 6 years
Event scheduled on: Saturday, 03 May 2014 at 17:00