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‘Since its inception in 2011, Songlines Encounters Festival has brought rising stars, premiere performances and exciting new collaborations from around the world to play in the superb acoustics of Kings Place.’

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London African Gospel Choir — Singing Workshop

Contemporary / Voices Unwrapped

The London African Gospel Choir's motto is 'Lighting Up The World With A Song' and this workshop will shine that light even brighter. Learn one of the songs from the choir’s repertoire, with the harmonies and movements that resonate so beautifully in African choral singing.

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Hailu Mergia

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

Acclaimed keyboardist Hailu Mergia, from Ethiopia's 'golden age' group the Walias Band, joins Songlines Encounters Festival.

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VOŁOSI (London Premiere)

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

The five-strong string band VOŁOSI are one of the undiscovered treasures of Polish traditional music. Combining two classical and three folk musicians, they create a distinctive sound with a dramatic stage presence.

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Fly Bird, Fly: The Hungarian Dance House Story

Folk / Songlines Encounters Festival

From Simon Broughton, Songlines Editor in Chief, this documentary about Muzsikás tells the story of the folk revival in Hungary.

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Maya Youssef

Contemporary / Songlines Encounters Festival

Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘queen of the qanun,’ the 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. Maya’s intense and thoughtful music is rooted in the Arabic classical tradition but forges pathways into jazz, Western classical and  flamenco styles.

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Muzsikás

Folk / Songlines Encounters Festival

The winners of the WOMEX Award for World Music, after 45 years of their unrivaled career, MUZSIKÁS is the most renowned and popular Hungarian folk music ensemble worldwide.

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London African Gospel Choir

Contemporary / Voices Unwrapped

The London African Gospel Choir makes its Kings Place debut in Voices Unwrapped and Songlines Festival, featuring uplifting gospel song and dance from all over Africa.

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