Noon Festival · Confessions of a Queer Arab · Talk & Panel


19:30 - 21:30

Exerzierstr. 14

Admission is free and donations are welcome

*** This event is part of Noon Festival · Queer History Month x Ramadan · be‘kech ***

► Confessions of a Queer Arab
Talk by UNHCR Woman of the Year Shrouk El-Attar, followed by a panel discussion with new citizens* with a background in asylum in Berlin.

THURS, May 30th, 2019
Start: 19:30 h

Join us in welcoming Shrouk El-Attar, UNHCR Woman of the Year, to Noon Festival to share their story about being a queer refugee from Egypt – followed by a panel discussion with other displaced persons from a Queer*, Arabic background.


Moona Moon is a Berlin based poet, speaker, social pedagogue, educator, and empowerment worker. A lover of light, life, and the right kinds of shadows. Her work addresses her experience as a Queer Muslim Woman of Color living in Germany.

· TALK ·

Shrouk El-Attar is an Egyptian LGBT+ Rights Activist, Belly Dancer, and an Engineer who has been living in Wales since 2007. They were forced to claim asylum in the UK following a series of events.

Shrouk was named Young Woman of the Year by the UN refugee agency and was listed by the BBC as one of the top 100 influential women worldwide. Growing up Queer to a Conservative Muslim family in Mubarak’s Egypt is not easy. And when finally thought to have reached safety in the UK, the term “Safety” could not have been further from the truth.

Shrouk’s involvement in the Egyptian LGBT+ scene is undoubtedly dangerous, yet their experience of how the UK treats queer refugees poses new unexpected challenges. Shrouk will share their story about being a queer refugee from Egypt, a country where it is often considered the state’s, the community’s, and the family’s duty to punish LGBT+ individuals for who they are and who they love. They will also reveal information about some of the inhumane treatment queer asylum seekers are often met with at UK’s home office.

*Speaker identifies as non-binary woman who goes by They/Them or She/Her


Haidar Darwish:

The Darvish is a Syrian LGBT+ Activist, a self taught Dancer/Artist, living in Berlin since 2017. After leaving his country he managed in a short period of time to create a reputation out of his passion to dance. Having his mark on the Queer scene of Berlin, volunteering for Potsdam Aids Hilfe, Translating Sex-Ed Workshops at Refugee Camps, working on queer refugee visibility through his performances, breaking boundaries while facing Middle Eastern society. The Darvish was Featured with magazines and articles by Reuters and DW and others, talking about the creative path that he has chosen. Hosting a monthly Mediterranean show along side Judy LaDivina and Co-Organising the biggest Soli-party with Trans and Queer refugees with Olympia Bukkakis, and being part of the Kepler 452b art collective, has given him the opportunity to grow more and develop himself.



7:30pm: Doors Open
8:00pm: Moona Moon performs 3 short pieces.
8:30pm: Shrouki El-Attar presents ‘Confessions of a Queer Arab: My Experience as an LGBT+ Refugee
9:15pm: Break
9:30pm: Panel with Shrouki and guests on queer displacement


This event is free to attend and open to all – donations are strongly recommended, as all proceeds will be going towards Masjid al-Rabia’s Black and Pink Crescent: There will be more information available at the event on the work that the project does, and please feel free to ask our team!

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