• LIbyan Marilyn - Alla Abudabbus - 'Pop Art from North Africa' - P21 Gallery - 22 Sept-4 November 2017

Nahla's Editorial Note

We are officially in the grips of a cultural and artistic high season in London, with so much on offer that one will inevitably be missing out on some of the goodies, as one needs must carefully pick and choose what they can manage and squeeze in with a look to their work, family and social schedules.

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