To coincide with the exhibition Rebel Sounds, part of the Culture Under Attack season at IWM London, Imperial War Museums presents Rebel Sounds Live, a free series of live interventions and discussions with musicians and activists who have risked their lives for culture in times of war, exile and censorship.

Performance, Talk

Rebel Sounds Live Belgrade: Techno Music and Grassroots Resistance

Performance, Talk

Rebel Sounds Live Belgrade: Techno Music and Grassroots Resistance

23 November 2019
IWM London
London-based journalist, broadcaster and DJ Kate Hutchinson will lead a panel of music-activists in a discussion about the rave scene in 90s Belgrade. 
The Serbian DJ and music journalist, Tijana T in Belgrade
© Sever Žolak
Performance, Talk

Rebel Sounds Live Mali: Defiant Music and Songhoy Blues

Performance, Talk

Rebel Sounds Live Mali: Defiant Music and Songhoy Blues

1 December 2019
IWM London
Exiled Desert Blues stars Songhoy Blues perform their music of resistance and discuss rebellion and the banning of music in Mali.
The four members of Songhoy Blues holding their instruments.
Songhoy Blues © Andy Morgan

Rebel Sounds Live is part of Culture Under Attack, a free season of three exhibitions, live music, performances and talks at IWM London that explore how war threatens not just people’s lives, but also the things that help define us. Telling stories spanning 100 years, Culture Under Attack reveals why some try to erase or exploit culture, while others risk everything to protect, celebrate and rebuild it.

Learn more about Rebel Sounds Live

Syrian metal singer Jake Shuker in action
Photo: Richard Ash
Contemporary conflict
Rebel Sounds Live: Syria
Watch highlights from the first Rebel Sounds Live: Syria event with Jake Shuker and Aeham Ahmad. 
© Tina Korhonen / World Metal Congress
© Tina Korhonen / World Metal Congress
Contemporary conflict
Rebel Sounds Live: Jake Shuker
Jake Shuker, lead singer of Syrian death metal band Maysaloon, on his love of death metal and being a musician.  See Jake at IWM London in the first Rebel Sounds Live event on 6 July 2019, part of Culture Under Attack, a season of exhibitions and events at IWM London. 
Aeham Ahmad sitting at a piano in a damaged street in Syria
© Aeham Ahmad/Niraz Saied Aeham Ahmad performing in Yarmouk, Syria.
Contemporary conflict
Rebel Sounds Live: Aeham Ahmad
Aeham Ahmad, also known as 'The Pianist of Yarmouk,' is a Syrian concert pianist who risked his life for music.  See Aeham perform in the first Rebel Sounds Live event on 6 July 2019, part of Culture Under Attack, a season of exhibitions and events at IWM London.