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Nahla's Editorial Note

Dear Readers

 

August is going to be less busy than other months in terms of the Arab-London arts and culture scene, probably due to it being part of the holiday season; and everyone, of course, needs a well-deserved vacation! There are however three important announcements I have received for August that I wish to draw your attention to.

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