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Did you know that Abdelwahed ben Messaoud, Moroccan ambassador to Elizabeth I, was rumoured to have inspired the Shakespearean character of Othello?
That Antic Egyptian-inspired architecture can be found as far as Cornwall and Lincolnshire?
That in 1983, the first national anti-racist movement in France, led by North African immigrants and their children, grew in just a couple of months from 17 people marching in Marseilles, to more than 100,000 people in Paris?
East In The West: A Cultural History of Arab Presence in Europe
13 April – 14 April ’19 | 2 Weeks | Fee: £240
The Arab British Centre
1 Gough Square
Arab British Centre
DABKE | CHAABI | MAHRAGANAT | CHEESY CLASSICS | BELLYDANCE
Journeying through the fascinating and bass-heavy musical landscape of the Middle East’s burgeoning electronic music scenes, Hishek Bishek has emerged as London’s most pulsing Arabic Electronic party.
From cutting-edge releases to cheesy classics, killer Mahraganat tracks and hypnotic Dabke remixes from the Levant, Hishek Bishek is back at Electrowerkz for a night of non-stop bass, mijwiz and beats.
On the decks we have none other than Hishek Bishek’s resident DJ Super Mike from Haifa.
Please note that the nights tend to sell out, so make sure to grab your tickets.
Advance: £15 (inc. fees)
Limited tickets available on the door.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS 18+ AND OFFICIAL GOVT. ID IS MANDATORY.
The upstairs of Electrowerkz is not wheelchair accessible.
Doors open 10pm on Friday 12th April
After conquering the hearts of the West and the East with every performance he made, the Lebanese singer, king of Romance Wael Kfoury, takes up The London Palladium’s stage for a concert of a lifetime.
Tickets from £105.50 – £239.50
Prices displayed include an online per ticket booking fee. No booking fees in person at the Box Office.
No under 5s. Under 16s must be accompanied.
Sat 13 April 2019
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A film season reflecting on how the tradition of storytelling, so deeply rooted in Persian culture, manifests itself in cinema.
Poetry is an anchor of everyday life in Iran. The morality tales of Sufi poets such as Hafez and Sa’adi find their ways into Iranian lives – from the playground to the marital home, and buskers sell lines of poetry on the streets of Tehran.
This film season showcases emerging voices in contemporary Iranian cinema through the prism of Persian poetry, rather than through its modern-day politics and often stereotyped representation. Reflecting Iranian culture’s rich, diverse traditions and love of storytelling, we present the work of bold contemporary filmmakers whose inventive stories will charm, surprise and enchant – a mix of everyday, universal themes, and the retelling of traditional narratives in new voices.
Commissioned by the Bagri Foundation, award winning film producer/curator Elhum Shakerifar and film curator Faye Harvey have curated the programme in partnership with the Barbican.
Start Date. 03-04-2019
End Date. 24-04-2019
Barbican Cinemas Screen 2 & 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Wednesday 3 April, 18:10: A Dragon Arrives! + Q&A with Director
Director Mani Haghighi 2016, 107 mins
Sunday 7 April, 16:15: Atomic Heart + Q&A Dr Orkideh Behrouzan,
Director Ali Ahmadzadeh 2014, 93 mins
Tuesday 9 April, 18:30: Braving The Waves + Q&A with Director
Director Mina Keshavarz 2016, 90 mins
Saturday 13 April, 18:00: Tehran: City of Love + Q&A with Director
Director Ali Jaberansari, 2018, 102 mins
Sunday 14 April, 16:00: Hendi & Hormoz + Q&A with British-Iranian Painter Hana Louise Shahnawaz
Director Abbas Amini, 2018, 88 mins, UK Premiere
Wednesday 17 April, 18:30: Janbal + Q&A with Directors
Directors Mina Bozorgmehr and Hadi Kamali Moghadam, 2017, 72 mins
Wednesday 24 April, 18:15: Ava + intro
Director Sadaf Foroughi, 2017, 103 mins
14 February – 12 May 2019
‘Ambitious, interesting and a lot of fun’ Time Out
‘Sinister and fun… gives everyone something to think about.’ The Observer
In an era when humanity is facing new challenges posed by big data, bioengineering and climate change, Whitechapel Gallery has invited ten groups of artists, architects and other cultural practitioners to explore the potential of collaboration and offer their visions of the future. They imagine scenarios in which queer desire, house music and fracking meet on a mountainside; grief and microbes generate new possibilities for housing; or machines dispense objects and emotions to support our place in the technological world of tomorrow.
Is This Tomorrow? features experimental propositions from some of today’s leading architects and artists responding to issues we face in the 21st century from natural resources and migration to technology and spirituality. Their experiential projects take the form of environments, models, structures and systems, incorporating artworks, objects, film and graphics.
Featured participants include: 6a architects, APPARATA, Adjaye Associates,
Rachel Armstrong, Rana Begum, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Cao Fei, Mariana Castillo Deball, Cécile B. Evans, Simon Fujiwara, Andrés Jaque / Office of Political Innovation, David Kohn Architects, mono office, Farshid Moussavi Architecture, Hardeep Pandhal, Amalia Pica, Jacolby Satterwhite, Zineb Sedira and Marina Tabassum Architects.
Find out more and see their full list of events related to the exhibition here
Galleries 1, 8 & 9
Films and Documentaries from Today’s Arab World
Taking place in the iconic art-deco Radio Theatre at BBC’s Broadcasting House in central London, the festival screens short films and documentaries about current social and political changes taking place in the Arab world. The screenings are followed by filmmaker Q&A’s and complimented by a selection of talks and presentations about the art and processes of non-fiction filmmaking in the Arab world. The festival’s closing event is a televised Awards Ceremony, with musical guest and comedy performances by the most sought-after talent from the Arab world.
All events are open to the public; we look forward to seeing you there!
BBC Arabic Festival 2019 Judges
BBC Arabic Young Journalist Award
BBC Arabic annually rewards the most promising person aged 18 to 30 with a prize that includes training, mentoring and equipment.
For more information about the BBC Arabic Young Journalist Award, click here
“Strong” is a documentary about Arab women who expressed through street art, dance and sport.
This movie came from a desire to breakdown stereotypes about Arab women.
It contains testimony from women who speak of their art, their daily lives and give their perception of feminism. They are principally from Lebanon but also Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Tunisia.
Here is the trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVmX-63rRCw
Film Director Bio – Salim Saab
Former rap artist, movie director, journalist and radio host, Salim Saab is a real Hip Hop activist. Also known under the nickname Royal S, this 37-year-old French-Lebanese has a rich professional background.
Salim is a radio host and journalist for the international and Pan Arab Radio station Monte Carlo Doualiya where he receives artists from all over the Arab world (rappers and also pop artists), he is also the host and producer of the rap show Old School / New School on the Parisian radio Aligre FM. Salim is the author of three rap albums released in the mid-2000s and freelance journalist for several magazines ( The Source, Tracklist, Courrier de L’Atlas, Afrique/Asie).
AWAN, which is about to enter its 5th edition, showcases the work of contemporary Arab women artists in the UK, Europe and beyond, providing opportunities for artists and audiences to celebrate, be informed and network whilst exposing new audiences to the work of emerging and established artists. www.awan.org.uk
This Event is produced by Arts Canteen in association with Global Voices Theatre and supported by Rich Mix London.
Date And Time
Sun, 10 March 2019
18:30 – 20:00 GMT
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35-47 Bethnal Green Road
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Don’t miss an amazing event at The London Palladium
Saturday, 13 April 2019 at 22:00
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival are thrilled to bring Palestinian hip-hop legends DAM to Liverpool on 27 February, as part of their England tour organised by MARSM UK.
Mastering a unique combination of Arabic percussion rhythms, Middle Eastern melodies and the band’s signature brand of hip hop, DAM has grown to become one of the most influential acts of the Middle East’s urban music scene.
Heralded as “the spokesman of a new generation”, DAM began working together in the late 1990s as the first Palestinian hip hop crew and among the first to rap in Arabic. Struck by the uncanny resemblance of the reality of the streets in Tupac’s video to their own neighbourhood of Lyd, they were inspired to tell their stories through this potent new medium. In 2016 Maisa Daw officially joined DAM with the release of “#Who_You_R”, an incendiary critique of social hypocrisy and norms. For their UK tour, they will be joined by their live band featuring DJ Bruno Cruz (Electronics) and Isam Elias (Keys & Synths).
Captivating and cunning, the group has been featured in Rolling Stone, Vibe, Q, Reuters, and The New York Times, and has appeared on MTV, CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera. Recently signing with UK label Cooking Vinyl (Goldie, Groove Armada, Trio Joubran, 47Soul) they are gearing to release their new album “Between Hannah and Mannah” and will be playing at Constellations as part of their highly-anticipated England tour.
DAM – Live in Liverpool
Constellations | 7.30 – 11.30pm, Wednesday 27 February 2019
£11.75 (including booking fee)
DAM’s 2019 England Tour is supported by Arts Council England.
Vahid Hosseini’s 90 minute documentary Bazm-e-Razm (Feast of War) tells the tumultuous story of the Iranian music scene between 1979 and 1989, featuring extensive interviews with individuals involved in the scene.
The film won the Crystal Simorgh for the best research in documentary at the 35th Fajr Film Festival in 2017.
This is screening will take place on 6/02/2019 at 7:30 pm
Please note, seats for this event are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.