Institute of Astronomy

Lunar astronomy 2019

You are invited to a unique event with reading, Arabic music performance and lunar observing all inspired by

The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor

Rana Haddad's acclaimed novel full of Moon and Astronomy references, and set between Syria at the end of the last Century, and the UK today.

Saturday 10th August 2019, starting at 7.30pm.

Come to an evening of Arabic songs on the theme of the Moon + world-class live percussion using Moon-shaped instruments, (by members of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians Lina Shaheen and James Zedo), visual projections inspired from the novel by artist Olympia Zographos. and readings of astronomically-inspired passages from her novel by Rana Haddad. This will take place in the historical Northumberland Telescopes and its surrounding lawns at the Insitute of Astronomy where we will drink wine.

The reading and musical performance will be followed by a short talk about the Moon given by the Public Astronomer Dr Carolin Crawford, and the opportunity to observe the Moon through the modern 16" telescope (weather permitting, of course...) when it gets dark. We can also keep an eye out for any early appearances from the Perseid meteor shower!

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately the small size of the venue limits the audience to only 35 people. For this reason we shall only admit people who have booked a ticket in advance via our eventbrite listing; anyone arriving without a ticket will be asked to wait and admitted only in the place of any no-shows. We are asking all attendees to pay a minimum donation of £10 each on the night to cover the expenses of the musicians peforming during the evening.  Any extra profit raised above this will be donated to the charity Action for Hope which supports refugee youth to learn arts such as music and film-making.


There is plenty of parking available on site, and more information about getting to the Institute of Astronomy can be found here. Please note that putting our postcode of CB3 OHA will get you close, but not quite to the entrance - follow the redirection signs if need be.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Dr Carolin Crawford.



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