Zenith Events (2013-2004)



    November 2013- October 2014

Discover Arab Cinema @ BFI (British Film Institute, London)


Alternative Cinema Programme for BBC World Service (Arabic TV)



    24 November 2012

Panel: ‘Too Arab, Not Arab enough! Confronting media expectations of Middle Eastern Musicians’
Panel speaker as part of the Arab New Trends and Nour Festival of Arts symposium: ‘Middle Eastern and North African Music: Contemporary Contexts, Future Trends’
Ismaili Center, South Kensington

21 September 2012
Safar: A Journey Through Popular Arab Cinema
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London
Panel Discussion ‘Arab Cinema in the UK: The Present and the Future’

22-23 June 2012
Collaboration with Open City Docs Festival presenting films on Arab Spring
April 2012 and ongoing
BBC Arabic TV Weekly Programme Cinema Badila (Alternative Cinema): Mona Deeley of Zenith Foundation working as BBC Producer on the programme, and is its resident film critic
1 February 2012
Vanishing Spaces films programme at Dash Arts, Richmix, London
Jan-Feb 2012
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Mona Deeley of Zenith Foundation presenting films and Q&As with directors


22 November 2011
The Death of Multiculturalism? A Talk by Mona Deeley at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy Human Rights Conference, together with panel discussion with Members of Parliament
October 31 – November 5, 2011
the bird ghost at the zaouia
a multi-channel sound installation by Seth Ayyaz

Leighton House Museum, London
A MazaJ production presented by Zenith Foundation in association with Leighton House Museum and Nour Festival.

25 August 2011
Keynote speech from Zenith Foundation’s Mona Deeley at the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy Conference @ Portcullis House, British Parliament: ‘Zenith Foundation: A Perspective on Cultural Policies – The Urgency in Supporting Spaces that Engender Critical Thinking and International Dialogue
July 2011
Vanishing Spaces as part of Shubbak Festival London
July 2011
Collaboration with Dash Arts as part of Shubbak Festival London
July 2011
Collaboration with Arabs.com at their launch event at the Gherkin, London
March 2011
Collaboration with Dash Arts at Richmix London
Sharjah March Meeting 2011
Seth Ayyaz invited to speak about experimental music in the region at Sharjah March Meeting 2011. Link to project summary.


18-21 November 2010
MazaJ Festival of Experimental Middle Eastern Music at Cafe Oto, London.
Volatile Frequencies Conference: Topologies Of Authority, Technology And Production In Contemporary Middle Eastern Music Practices, 18 November 2010 at City University, London.
Re-launch of zenithfoundation.com.
Presented Egyptian indie film Microphone at the 54th London International Film Festival 2010.
Programmed and presented Arabian Tales on Film for the V&A Arabian Nights Family Festival 2010.
Seth Ayyaz acts as Consultant to the DASH Arts Arabic series Lyrical Alliance project on the Mu’allaqat at The Round House, London.
Launch of the Zenith Film and Music Shop at www.zenithshoponline.com.
Launch of the Zenith Image Library at www.zenithimagelibrary.com.
MazaJ Concert with Badawi, Seth Ayyaz and Amira Ghazalla at Cafe Oto, London.
Raz Mesinai (aka Badawi) passing briefly through the London ether, presented a rare solo live set. On the same bill, the duo of Seth Ayyaz and Amira Ghazalla presented “makharej” and improvisations on cut-up text by Mahmoud Darwish.


BAFTA Goes to the Arab World 08.
Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival Film Programme.
New Ends, Old Beginnings Exhibition at the Bluecoat and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.
Mazaj launch party for BAFTA Goes to the Arab World.


The 3rd Zenith Arab Film Festival @ BAFTA.
Mazaj launch party for the Zenith Arab Film Festival at BAFTA featuring djinn, Hannah Tribal Dance and DJs hQi & weave.


The 2nd Zenith Arab Film Festival @ BAFTA.
MazaJ vs filastine at Speaker Palace, London: Deep in the heart of Haqnistan, this night featured a cast including filastine, djinn, Cairo VJ Sherif Al Azma, Ultragypsy, Atlanta Tribal and Heatwave DJs.
MazaJ SOAS Party at HMS President, London: hQi and weave – MazaJ Sound System at the freshers party.
MazaJ Sahara Nights at Kings Cross, London: Fund raiser for ULU Palestinian Society.
MazaJ Sound System at secret location: an “unofficial” venue, so we’ve been asked not to share….
MazaJ Bucktooth at Chats Palace, London: Alternative performance nights with hQi bringing live electronic noise scapes and ney improv.
MazaJ Sound System at secret location.
MazaJ vs Maghrebi SoundClash, London: Live set from MoMo.
MazaJSound System at secret location.
MazaJ Mix Up at Great Eastern Hotel, London: weave and hQi rub up against Franko B’s MiX Up.


Research & Development for an Art Exhibition on the Theme of Arab Cities.
8 Monthly MazaJ performance nights at Darbuka, London.
MazaJ Clear Spot Radio Broadcast on Resonance FM: hQi, weave, amira ghazalla – live mix of beats, abstractions and poetry fragments.


Retrospective of Arab Cinema @ The National Film Theatre.
Symposium on Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab Region @ The Barbican.

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