The Cr The Craft - Monira Al Qadiri - Gasworks Gallery - 13 July-10 September, 2017
Below are entries of current Arab-British related events taking place in London that you might wish to attend, festivals and exhibitions that are happening and other entries I receive in my Nahla Ink Inbox. Please contact me if you would like to be listed.
Comics and Cartoon Art from the Arab World: This display is a chance to explore the art, history and significance of Arab comics from the 19th Century Egyptian satirical press and children’s comics of the mid-20th Century, to the contemporary graphic novel and comics scene. This small display highlights a vibrant visual archive that illustrates and engages with issues concerning everyday life, politics and society across the Arab world and beyond. Part of the 'Treasures' of the British Library' exhibition, these works can be viewed up until 29 October, 2017 at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.
Living Histories, Contemporary Arab Art: A display highlighting recent acquisitions of posters, prints, drawings, photographs and artists’ books by contemporary Arab artists, with a focus on Syria. Much of the work has been produced following the uprisings that began in 2011 that have since resulted in full scale civil war. Forming a part of the British Museum collections in keeping with its role as a museum of history, these pieces speak of their time and invite the viewer to look at the troubled politics of the Middle East today through a lens that is different from the world of the immediacy of media reports. Taking place 5 June- 22 October, 2017 at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.
47Soul 'Balfron Promise' Launch: Blasting and dancing their way through the Arabic music scene, the four members of the 47Soul have electrically reshaped the boundaries of contemporary underground music. Their infectious take on dabke, with piercing synthesisers, ‘Mijwez’ melodies, dance drums and resonating vocals has rapidly amassed them fans around the world. The product of a three year residency in London, the 'Balfron Promise' is their first full-length album and an elaboration on the highly successful debut EP the 'Sham Step'. Expanding on the band’s pioneering genre and revisiting the traditional music omnipresent in Levant area of the Arab world, the album is inspired equally by modern-day London and the 100 year-old politics still influencing their story today. Taking place on 9 October, 2017 at the Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ.
(UN)Covered Performance: Made between the UK and Egypt, (Un)Covered is a solo dance theatre action by contemporary dance artist and choreographer Zosia Jo as she explores women inside their clothes. It considers how to embody empowerment against the politicization, violence and control society imposes on women's bodies via the clothes they wear. This issue connects all people, across borders and transcending cultural difference. The freedom is not in what one wears or doesn't wear - it is in the choice. This is her reaction and solution with a Q+A after the show. Taking place on 30 September, 2017 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Flamenco Evolution, Baghdad to Seville: A night of outstanding music, flamenco dance breaking down long-standing cultural and historical barriers. Iraqi Oud player Attab Haddad has had an interest in flamenco more or less since he started playing the oud. Flamenco's forms, rhythms and melodies have influenced a large part of his work and he is still fascinated by the connections between flamenco and Middle Eastern music. This show aims to highlight this connection and build on it with original compositions and renditions of melodies from Andalucian times and the Middle East that shows the common thread that runs through these traditions al the way to Iraq. Described as a ‘virtuoso’ by The Guardian, Haddad's playing has featured in independent cinema and Hollywood films and he has performed in the UK, Europe, the USA and India. Taking place on 28 September, 2017 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.