Roya Arab is an archaeologist, musician and curator of cultural events celebrating SWANA heritage, with a focus on Iran. Roya has recorded with various artists since the mid-1990s. In 2000 she took a decade-long sabbatical from music, in pursuit of archaeological studies at IoA, UCL. Her research focuses on the impact of socio-political and economic factors on the ownership, interpretation, preservation & dissemination of cultural heritage, including limitations for academic dialogue and collaboration across international borders. Current interests include ‘what music in Iranian films reveals about changing attitudes to music in Iran’ and ‘the ancient connections between Iran and Zanzibar’.
Mehrdad Aref-Adib, an artist and curator based in London since 1983, holds a fine arts degree from St Martins and the Winchester School of Arts. Additionally, he pursued European Art studies at Barcelona University and obtained a postgraduate diploma in Printing and Publishing from the London College of Printing. With a successful track record managing diverse areas, including graphic projects, TV productions, and websites, Mehrdad's personal blog received an award from Deutsche Welle. Currently, he channels his creative energy into producing digital and mixed media art, as well as curating cultural and art events.