popularising the literature of ancient Iraq through the art of oral storytelling



Past ZIPANG events

For details, photos and videos of past ZIPANG events, select a date from the list below.

  7th November 2015 Group storytelling performance of the Gilgamesh epic
  21st May 2015 Storytelling Live! at Waterstones, Piccadilly
  25th April 2015 Gilgamesh epic evening (bilingual) at the Iraqi Cultural Centre in London
  19th April 2015 Launch of Gilgamesh epic project for young people
  11th April 2015 Gilgamesh epic evening (Arabic) at the Iraqi Cultural Centre in London
  7th-8th March 2015 Game On! Connecting World Cultures through Play
  11th January 2015 ZIPANG at the Inanna Praise Poetry Group
  22nd November 2014 ZIPANG at the Dr Esmat as-Saeed School
  4th August 2014 Behind the scenes at the British Museum
  27th June 2014 Love stories from Mesopotamia at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford
  20th May 2014 Diversity Week at Working Men's College
  21st September 2013 Mesopotamian mythology and music at the Iraqi Cultural Centre
  3rd September 2013 Talk about Gilgamesh in Holborn at Holborn Library
  29th June 2013 St Peter’s Church arts festival, Belsize Park, London
  8th June 2013 Talk about Enheduanna hosted by the Older Feminist Network
  24th March 2013 Reel Iraq Festival
  3rd March 2013 Reminiscences at the Iraqi Association
  17th January 2013 Sumerian class at Birkbeck College
  16th November 2012 The Story Museum, Oxford
  9th October 2012

Anniversary Reception

  4th/11th/13th May 2012

It Is What It is: Conversations about Iraq at the Hayward Gallery

  14th April 2012

ZIPANG Day Out at the British Museum

  2nd April 2012

Enheduanna evening at Salam House in Maida Vale

  3rd March 2012

BISI Study Day

  29th February 2012

Gilgamesh at Salam House

  3rd December 2011


  5th November 2011


  1st October 2011

The Poor Citizen of Nippur

  3rd September 2011

Ishtar’s Descent to the Great Below

  21st August 2011

Gilgamesh in the Cedar Forest


2nd July 2011

Inanna’s Wedding


4th June 2011

Dumuzi’s Dream


7th May 2011



2nd April 2011

The Matter of Aratta


12th March 2011



12th February 2011

The Marriage of Martu


4th December 2010

Inanna and Shukaletuda


6th November 2010

Anzu Bird, Ninurta and the Tablet of Destiny


2nd October 2010

Ereshkigal and Nergal


4th September 2010

Agushaya (and Ishtar)


3rd July 2010

Ishtar’s Descent to the Great Below


5th June 2010

The Huluppu Tree, Gilgamesh and the Netherworld


8th May 2010

The Poor Citizen of Nippur


1st May 2010

Enheduanna evening at the Salisbury House Arts Centre in Enfield


10th April 2010

Enki and Inanna – how the arts and crafts of civilisation were taken to Uruk


6th March 2010

The god Ninurta defeats the Asag and makes the mountains


13th February 2010

The marriage of Martu


5th December 2009

Gilgamesh: mythical king


7th November 2009

Gilgamesh: quest for immortality


3rd October 2009

Gilgamesh: wild youth


May—September 2009

Enmerkar and Lugalbanda


29th July 2009

Multi-lingual Mesopotamian storytelling


Spring and summer 2009

Gilgamesh in Arabic


5th March 2009

Enuma elish at the British Museum


1st November 2008



4th October 2008



26th September 2008

Visit to the British Museum. The link will take you to our YouTube video A Lamassu for Nineveh (opens in new window)


6th September 2008



5th July 2008



7th June 2008

Big Day Out


3rd May 2008



5th April 2008



1st March 2008

‘Contest’ stories


16th February 2008

Gilgamesh story

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