Sephardi Festival

Sunday 1 - Monday 2 May

Our first ever Sephardi Festival is a celebration of film, food, history, music and more.

Sephardi Wine Routes

Sunday 1 May, 4.30pm & Monday 2 May, 2pm


Take a journey of discovery into Spain’s Jewish heritage through history, culture and wine with The Network of Spanish Jewish Quarters & the Spanish Tourist Office in London.

UK Jewish Film: The Midnight Orchestra

Sunday 1 May 6pm, 8.15pm, Monday 2 May 12noon & 6.45pm


After leaving Morocco as a child amidst racial tensions spurred by the Yom Kippur War, the son of a once famous Jewish musician returns to his home country to bury his father.

Baladi Blues, Los Desterrados and She'Koyokh

Sunday 1 May, 8pm


JW3 presents three critically acclaimed bands, all inspired by Sephardi music. 
Baladi Blues, the all-star collective of Egyptian master musicians have been described as ‘outstanding, fresh and compelling as well as technically superb’ by fRoots Magazine
Los Desterrados bring vibrant new life to the ancient music of the Sephardic Jews. Fusing Spanish Flamenco and the fiery Gypsy melodies of the Balkans and Greece with the rhythms of North Africa and Turkey, …[they have created] a sound that is wholly their own’ London Metro.
She’Koyoch have been hailed by the Evening Standard as ‘one of London’s musical treasures, playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain.’

Sephardi Classics from Around the World

Monday 2 May, 2.30pm


In this cooking class learn to make classic Sephardi dishes including falafel from Egypt, baba ganoush from Lebanon, North African couscous with vegetables, Israeli salad, Iraqi sabich, Greek borekas and sweet Turkish baklava. With Silvia Nacamulli.

Sephardi London

Monday 2 May, 4pm


Join historian, author and popular London tour guide Rachel Kolsky in this talk to explore the varied and fascinating stories behind Bevis Marks, Lauderdale Road, the development of Reform Judaism, Daniel Mendoza, the Rothschilds of the East, Starvation Farm, Vidal Sassoon, Politi Turkish Delight and many more.

Delicious Dishes; Tasty Tales

Monday 2 May, 7pm


A panel of the most exciting and influential chefs and food writers working today, including Claudia Roden and Masterchef runner-up Emma Spitzer talk about the stories and memories behind their favourite Sephardi dishes, chaired by Naomi Alderman and then sample those dishes as prepared by our restaurant, Zest. (Food can be bought from Zest and is not included in ticket price).

For Families

The Happy Hamsa

Sunday 1 May, 3pm

£6 child, £2 adult

An interactive family concert led by Drew Salida, guitarist, flautist and vocalist with Los Desterrados, and music teacher. A lucky charm travels across the Sephardi diaspora playing traditional festival songs, with actions, visuals and sound effects! Ululation, Palmas clapping and some very strange animal noises! For ages 2+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Crafternoon: Happy Hamsas

Sunday 1 May, 2pm


Come and create some traditional Sephardi good luck charms, using mystical imagery from across the Sephardi world. For ages 2+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.