IMECE is excited to announce that two of London's most exquisite female musicians Çiğdem Aslan and Reem Kelani will be performing at a fundraising concert on Friday 18 March at Saint Luke's Church. We invite everyone to join us for a beautiful evening of enchanting music. The artists are kindly donating all proceeds from the concert to IMECE's important work fighting women's inequality.
Çiğdem Aslan is an Istanbul-born singer who sings in many languages and regional styles, including Turkish, Kurdish, Greek, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Roma, and Ladino. Coming from Kurdish Alevi background, in which music is one of the pivotal elements of the culture, she grew up with the rich sounds of her culture and then gradually met with the other sounds of Istanbul and beyond.
The singer Reem Kelani was born in Manchester, brought up in Kuwait and lives in London. For Reem as a Palestinian, liberation from oppression and the freedom to celebrate one's culture are central themes in her work. Reem has given a series of performances in Istanbul and Nusaybin, with her own band, with Kardeş Türküler and with the late, great Selim Sesler. Accompanied for this event by Al MacSween on electric piano.
IMECE is a women-led organisation working to empower and improve the lives of Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee women, particularly Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot women in London since 1982.
IMECE's work supports vulnerable and isolated women from migrant and refugee communities, ensuring they can claim and enjoy their rights and achieve independent lives free from violence.
IMECE's services include advice and information, domestic violence crisis intervention and support, counseling, volunteering and outreach, research, awareness-raising and confidence building.
IMECE's vision is a society where women fulfil their dreams and enjoy their lives in a peaceful and equal world, without violence.