Words: The Literary and Creative Arts Festival returns to Museum London for the 9th annual festival, featuring a hybrid program of onsite and online events to build resilience as we confront what divides us. We are very pleased to partner with Words to highlight London's finest artists, performers, and authors.
Taking place throughout November of 2022, the festival will host over 40 writers and artists and will revolve around the theme of “Bridging Divides."
Words is open to everyone, and most events are either free or pay as you can. In partnership with Words, we're pleased to host 2021 Giller Prize Winner Omar El Akkad at the November 4th kickoff, as well as many more feature authors! We are also pleased to feature a conversation between Omar El Akkad and Salah Hassan. On Saturday afternoon, 5th of November, Words will also host a performance with ECH Contributors Lorraine Klaasen and Frank Ridsdale!
Words has an exciting lineup of readings, interviews, talks, and other interactive events with some of Canada’s most recognized thinkers, writers, and artists. While some events are either strictly online or onsite, the majority have a hybrid option for in-person or online participation! Click the appropriate registration links below to join us!
Partnership Events with Words:
Embassy Cultural House (ECH) and the Words Festival are pleased to present a visit with award-winning novelist and journalist Omar El Akkad, in conversation with ECH Contributor and Michigan State University Professor Salah Hassan! You can join us FREE on-site or online.
Omar El Akkad is an award-winning novelist and journalist. In 2021, he received Canada’s most prestigious literary award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, for What Strange Paradise. His first novel American War (2017), was also widely acclaimed. What Strange Paradise is the story of a Syrian boy whose family flees the war, seeking refugee first in Egypt than in Europe. The boy’s perilous journey across the Mediterranean, represents the plight of many Arab, Asian, and African refugees.
Omar will join Salah to talk about his journalism and fiction.
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Register to Attend Online Free: Zoom Webinars
Embassy Cultural House (ECH) and the Words Festival are pleased to present an afternoon performance featuring Juno Award-winning singer Lorraine Klaasen and London legend Frank Ridsdale. Register to join us onsite at Museum London!
Lorraine Klaasen is a South African born singer/performer and a 2013 Canadian JUNO Award winner. She is also a member of the ECH Advisory Circle. In 2020, The Forest City London Music Award (FCLMA) was presented to Lorraine in the category of World Music. She has been performing and recording music in Canada for over 30 years and she’s also conducted music workshops in schools all over Canada, the Caribbean and the United States. Her outreach program focuses on South African music, arts and culture with an emphasis on how immigrant cultures have enriched Canada.
Frank Ridsdale has been performing and writing songs since he was 14 years old. In 1977, along with Jack Whiteside, he formed Uranus, a rock’n’roll/rock-a-billy band that scored #3 position on some Canadian AM radio charts in 1980 with the title single from their debut album, “You’re So Square." He is the recipient of numerous Jack Richardson Music awards in various categories and was inducted into the London City Music Hall of Fame along with the other members of Uranus in 2017. He now performs regularly with the bands Stetson Brothers and Slugfest and also does solo work.
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Events featuring ECH Contributors and Friends:
Featuring ECH Advisory Circle Members Dan and Mary Lou Smoke:
Featuring ECH Contributor Lewis Williams:
Featuring ECH Contributor Diana Tamblyn:
Featuring ECH Contributor Matthew Dawkins:
Are you a poetry aficionado in London? Would you like to read your poetry at Words? Join us for Poetry Live!, an evening of open mic poetry at Words, with host and moderator Matthew Dawkins!
Everyone is welcome to join us for an evening of poetry, literary trivia, food and drinks as part of the Words Festival! Over the course of the evening, our host extraordinaire, Matthew Dawkins, will open the floor to poets of all shapes, sizes, and varieties!
Please register on EventBrite to let us know you're interested in reading and attending.
Register here to reserve your spot
We hope to see you this November at Museum London!
11/7/2022 03:09:37 pm
I enjoyed the friendly conversation between Omar El Akkad (Giller recipient) and Dr Salah Hassan. The zoom presentation gave me a chance to be engaged with Omar and begin to understand his motivation in writing, his caring connections and life experiences. My sincere gratitude to ECH, Museum London, and Western University.
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