World festival of the week: Songlines Encounters Festival, Kings Place, London N1


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The second festival from the world music magazine features encounters, flirtations, l'amour fou and blind dates between acts from all over the world.

Wednesday's opener pitches Polish folk band Volosi with Georgia's 33a, while Thursday's highlight is Cairo's Baladi Blues Ensemble paired with the Cajun magic of Lousiana's Sarah Savoy.

On Friday, Senegalese stars Malick Pathé Sow & Bao Sissoko join with Palestine’s Duo Sabil and the guitarist John Williams. Among the many free events, there’s the swing-influenced Dakota Jim Band, and fantastic accordionist Martynas Levickis.

020 7520 1490;, Wednesday to 8 June