Upcoming Events

'Tebraa: portraits of Saharawi women' - documentary screening + Q&A with Saharawi youth
August, 5, 2.30pm-5pm
Africa Centre
38 King Street, Covent Garden
WC2E 8JT, London

Autumn 2012 - sound engineering workshops in the camps.

February 2013 - Run the Sahara 2013

Past Events

'Out of the Sand' - We are Saharawi
June 23, 2012, 12pm-5pm
Victoria and Albert Museum
Sackler Centre, Art Studio

In 1976 the people of the Western Sahara were forced out of their homeland to refugee settlements in Algeria. Explore the ongoing plight of the Saharawi, their lifestyle and culture through film, talks, music and a jewellery workshop using sand and plastic bottles.

Part of Refugee Week; the documentary "Beat of Distant Hearts" (by Danielle Smith) on the role of arts in the Saharawi struggle will be screened.

Sahara Nights
June 6, 2012, 7pm-10.30pm
Roundhouse Studio-Theatre

Sandblast and Fairtunes invite you to Sahara Nights, the multi-arts Studio-Live launch on June 6 at London’s beloved Roundhouse (Studio-Theatre). We are very pleased to be joined by special guest artist Aziza Brahim from Western Sahara, a fabulous singer and percussionist who will be presenting songs from her new album Mabruk.

The evening compered by Dan Tsu from Lyrix Organix will include a spectacular line-up of live music and spoken word acts, with artists Ruby and the Vines, Inua Ellams, Luzmira Zerpa with her Family Atlantica, Lizzie Ogle, Karim Dellali and Mossi Conde in support of music-making for freedom through Studio-Live. Hispano-Saharawi singer Suilma Aali and young Saharawi journalist Asria Taleb will be present, too.

Audiences will also have the chance to be immersed in the Saharawi world through photography by Ed Harriman, Bernat Millet and award-winning Andrew McConnell and preview clips from two new films, The Runner by Saeed Taji Farouky and a portrait of the life and poetry of Lkhadra Mabruk, Aziza Brahim’s grandmother, by Noë Mendelle.

Run the Sahara 2012

Fantastic week in the Saharawi refugee camps with our brave runners, learning about Saharawi culture and enjoying a great experience!

Screenings of El Problema documentary
October 2011 - May 2012, London

Run the Sahara 2012 launch 
October 1, 2011
Riverside Studios, London

Screening of award-winning documentary El Problema followed by a Q&A with filmmaker, Pablo Vidal and Rabab Amidane, a young human rights activist from Western Sahara. Selected readings of Saharawi writings by acclaimed playwright and poet Inua Ellams and a preview of the forthcoming documentary The Runner. Participants who joined Run the Sahara in previous years also shared their stories and experiences, giving the audience a chance to find out more about the event, taking place next February, near Tindouf in SW Algeria.

Sandblast teams up with The Olive Branch Theatre for the Charity Cabaret Extravaganza
August 4, 2010

Sandblast at New Voices Festival

Sandblast at the Arts 4 Human Rights festival

Run the Sahara 2010

Salah Ameidan wins Wimbledon 10k