Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival 2017: Organised by Arts Canteen, the AWAN festival returns to London for its third edition, showcasing and exploring the work of contemporary Arab women artists based in the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond; providing all the opportunity to celebrate, be informed, network and mix with their audience. It will have several strands that include a launch event, a big music element, talks, workshops, film screenings as well as a visual arts exhibition taking place over nineteen days. The launch, for example, will be hosted by the Lebanese-British comedian Esther Manito and will see performances from the Jordanian folklore musician Lina Saleh and Egypt 's first female rapper EmpresS *1. The following weekend will then bring the Palestinain composer, singer and artist Sanaa Moussa, the Lebanese singer and songwriter Youmna Saba and Aida Nadeem, who is an Iraqi musician influenced by the sound tradition of Iraq and Turkmenistan and contemporary Arabic poetry.
The talks will in turn look at Music Law, for instance, as well as there being a workshop on best practice to support Arab women arts practitioners who wish to enter the field and develop curatorial abilities to be given by Rose Issa. Last but not least, there will be an integral visual arts exhibition titled 'Multitudes' that has been curated by Joud Halawani Al-Tamimi. It comprises the work of ten established and emerging Arab women artists. The aim of the work is to deconstruct what it really means to be an Arab, an Arab woman and an Arab woman artist, taking the viewer on a journey from the political and social to the personal, whilst highlighting the frequent intersection between the personal and the political. It is about Arab women reclaiming their narratives, their bodies and their experiences. Most of the AWAN events will be held 1-19 March, 2017 at the Rich Mix venue, although some of the talks and workshops will take place at other locations.