Women of the Diaspora, Talks and Performances

Women of the Diaspora, Talks and Performances


What is it to be a woman and truly free?

To rise above the challenges and see beyond the restrictions. To be powerful, beautiful, and in absolute control of your own destiny.

In this intimate event, six creative minds come together bound by a common thread; finding their place in a world that insists on shackles. Together, these women share their past, the future and how they are finding solace, sanctuary and purpose through a variety of artistic mediums today.

The event will feature conversation, musical and spoken word performances against a backdrop of Saira's artwork. Inspired by the classic tale of Scheherazade’s quest to survive through her epic tales, each unique and provocative piece of art, portrays a fiercely independent, soulful women, confident in her skin and facing the world head-on.

The event will include an exclusive and limited preview of her ‘Blockchain Boobies’ NFT Genesis Series comprises of 1001 one-of-one hand drawn artworks.

This is a free event including a mix & mingle after-party with special cocktails and a discounted bar courtesy of event sponsor - Brockmans Gin & Fiend.


☆ Women of the Diaspora Event Info ☆ 

23rd June 2022 // Fiend, 301 Portobello Road W10 5TB


6pm Welcome Drinks & Acoustic performance

7pm Panel Talk

8pm Performances

9pm After Party (ends midnight) 


To see the full line up of Saira's events over the 10 days of Kensington & Chelsea Art Week click here.



EVENT HOST • Saira Jamieson


Born in London, to Pakistani parents, Saira was raised in a household of immense cultural pride. Through painting and drawing, Saira found escapism, creating otherworldly terrains of symbolism. Caught between family duty and the associated expectations of dutiful femininity Saira took on the battle that came with going against the cultural tide.

Aggressively climbing the entrepreneurship ladder in film, music, media, events and hospitality in order to gain financial freedom and eventually, emancipation, it was a chance awakening that would bring her back to her underlying passions of making art. It was at this moment Saira allowed her roots to be set free and it would be her life’s experiences that would provide the rich narrative to her own work.

Saira uses her art and background in media/events, as a platform to help others share their stories and shine a vocal spotlight on such challenges faced by fellow women of the diaspora.

www.sairajamieson.com // instagram & twitter @sairajamieson



Spoken Word Artist, Comedian, Writer

Jaskaran spends her time performing spoken word/comedy, and writing. She identifies as a blonde, South Asian woman, and explores these intersectionalities in her material. Jaskaran was shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Prize (2020). Recently, had a short play selected for the Theatre503 'Tapped' Rapid Response showcase (April, 2022). And is currently commissioned as a writer by the BFI Feature Fund for Short Animation, and represented by Curtis Brown Talent.

instagram @jaskaran1word


PANELLIST + PERFORMER • Livia Kojo Alour Singer

Sword Swallower, Poet & Theatre Maker

Livia Kojo Alour, iconic variety star, international recognised sword swallower, vocalist, poet and exhibited artist. Her extensive work stretches from Theatre to Circus. Livia was voted ‘Most Influential Performer in Europe 2018’ and was the first sword swallower initiated into the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas! Her debut poetry collection will be published in September by Polari Press.

www.ceremonialcabaret.com // instagram @missa_swords


PERFORMER • Amani Saeed

Poet & Writer

Amani Saeed is a writer who treads the line between roots and routes. She writes poetry, blog posts, films, and whatever else is needed to get the point across. In addition to being a former member of the Roundhouse Collective, and Barbican Young Poets, Amani is the curator and host of of the interdisciplinary sell-out night the hen-nah party, designed by and for queer South Asians. Her poetry collection, Split, was published with Burning Eye Books. Amani is the co-writer for Queer Parivaar, which premiered at the BFI Flare 2022.

www.amanisaeed.com // instagram @amanithepoet


PANELLIST • Anna Afzal-Gould

Multidisciplinary Artist

Anna is a multidisciplinary artist who completed a Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design at Camberwell College of Arts. However, due to various circumstances, she was unable to pursue her dream of studying Fine Arts at University. She was inspired by her 3 year old to get back into art as her daughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition, and web3/NFTs allowed her the freedom to pursue her passion whilst raising awareness for her daughter’s condition.

twitter @aagcreative


PANELLIST • Sharan Raju

Actress, Podcaster

instagram @sharanrajuofficial



Kensington & Chelsea Arts Week • www.kcaw.co.uk instagram @kcawlondon

Fiend • www.fiend-portobello.com • instagram @fiendportobello

Brockmans Gin • instagram @brockmansgin


This evening is a part of a 10 day collective of events hosted by Saira Jamieson, in partnership with Kensington & Chelsea Arts Week.

Please check out the FULL LINE UP here