Curious Inbox

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Curious Inbox

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.

The Other Side of Hope: Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival, this film interlaces the struggles of two men who have fled their homes. The first is Khaled, a Syrian asylum seeker who arrives in Helsinki as a stowaway on a coal freighter. The second escapee doesn’t undertake quite such a hazardous journey. Wikström walks out on his alcoholic wife, wins a fortune at poker and buys a failing restaurant called the Golden Pint. Despite the tragic situation it portrays, the film is full of humour and food-for-thought, making it a pure delight. Directed by Aki Kaurismäki, this screening is part of the London Migration Film Festival (LMFF) and will be followed by a panel Q+A session. Taking place on 2 December, 2017 at Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, London E1 4UJ.

The Art of Moving: Directed by Liliana Dulce Marinha de Sousa​, this film is about a group of Syrian video activists who are threatened in south-eastern Turkey because of their anti-Isis comedy sketches. Relocating to Istanbul with a plan to set up a new satirical TV show, unexpected events force the group to decide, one by one, how and whether they can continue. Offering a fresh look at the experiences of Syrians in Turkey, both in the way they see themselves ('A refugee? I'm just someone who had to leave their country because of war'), and in the way they decide to use satire and comedy to challenge Isis. Offering a compelling look at the so-called ‘refugee crises’, this screening is part of the London Migration Film Festival (LMFF). Taking place on 2 December, 2017 at Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, London E1 4UJ.

The Show Has A Long Title That I Don't Recall Anymore: An ambitious exhibition of new work by Lebanese artist Pascal Hachem, it will be composed of new sculptural installations that interrogate Hachem’s experiences of his home city of Beirut. Facing life in a city of both daily instability and overwhelming fragmentation, it considers how an individual or a society may remember their past. Hachem's work, inspired by everyday life and his reflections on the social and political situations in Beirut, sees him combine and alter ordinary domestic items and displacing them into the art gallery or public spaces to unexpected effect. This show will feature object based and performative installations designed to challenge the viewer’s perspective. Taking place from 15 September-2 December, 2017 at the Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW​.

Omar Khairat (Fundraising Concert): Omar Khairat is one of the most successful and influential Egyptian composers of all time, whose music combines Western and Eastern traditions. A highly prolific composer, pianist and drummer, Khairat has his own highly distinctive and potent persona on stage. Always maintaining an elevated level of diverse musical knowledge, he is one of the most applauded and laurelled musicians in the Middle East. His work is pioneering in its efforts to bridge the gap between different styles and approaches to music. With the proceeds going to the FACE Children In Need charity, the concert will be on 1 December, 2017 at St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA​.

Lebanon Factory (Film Screening): The British Lebanese Association, in collaboration with South Social Film Festival, will be screening 'Lebanon Factory'. Composed of four extraordinary short films made by four Lebanese filmmakers, each is a unique perspective on Lebanon; and together a tapestry revealing the coming generation’s fears and hopes for their country. Two directors, Mounia Akl and Ahmad Ghossein, will be present for Q+As. There will also be live music with singer Merit Ariane Stephanos, food prepared by the Cedar Restaurant and wine tasting by Astir UK. Taking place on 1 December, 2017 at The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, London SE11 4TH. 

Diva Decoration Workshop: The Arab British Centre (ABC) will be hosting a fun evening session of crafts. By popular demand, this will be a workshop where participants can make their very own Oum Kalthoum-inspired decorations. You will be guided on how to cut, stitch (or glue!) and decorate the materials provided so you can make as many personalised decorations as you can and impress all of your loved ones this festive season. No previous experience of craft or sewing required. All materials will be supplied as well as light nibbles and refreshments. Taking place on 27 November, 2017 at the ABC, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE​. 

Wonho Chung’s Stand-Up Comedy Show: The award-winning and critically acclaimed stand-up comedian Wonho Chung will be performing this special gig. Born to South Korean and Vietnamese parents in Saudi Arabia, he grew up in Jordan where he learnt to speak Arabic fluently. His unique Asian-Arab perspective and bilingual charm allows him to deliver astute cultural commentary; and, for the past ten years, he has been turning heads and invoking laughter wherever he goes. His act will be supported by renowned Palestinian stand-up comedian Adi Khalefa, who has performed at comedy festivals around the world, as he delivers a blend of social critique with personal sarcasm. To be performed almost entirely in Arabic, taking place on 25 November, 2017 at Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ​.

Poetry Book Launch: A special evening with the young Libyan Farrah Fray as she discusses her debut poetry collection, 'The Scent Of My Skin'. The collection takes an urgent look at feminism, family relationships, love, and the role of women across Libya, London and the Middle East. Hosted by Palewell Press, the launch will take place on 24 November, 2017 at The Audition House, London Casting Studio, 129A Whitfield Street, London W1T 5EQ.

Arabs Are Not Funny: The popular comedy show curated by Arts Canteen is back with a great line-up of comedians representing the Arab world and surrounding regions. With the acts in English, this edition's main act is the Somalian born Prince Abdi who is a British stand-up, actor, writer and a regular on the UK comedy circuit. His versatile story telling style made him the perfect choice to support Reginald D Hunter, Stephen K Amos and Dave Chappelle on their national tours. He has also performed alongside fellow comedians Chris Rock and Louis CK and in many countries overseas including the USA, Canada, Turkey, Holland, South Africa, Emirates, France and Kenya. He will be joined by others on 24 November, 2017 at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP​.

The Palestine Book Awards 2017 (Prelaunch Event): An evening that will bring together authors whose works have been shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards 2017. Offering the opportunity to discuss with each of them their books, inspiration and with a chance to network. Confirmed attendees are: Ibtisam Barakat, Björn Brenner, Ella Shohat, Ilan Pappé, Samia Halaby, Laila Parsons, Petter Bauck and Mohammed Omer. To be chaired by Professor Eugene Rogan (Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony's College, Oxford) and Dr Dina Matar (Centre for Global Media and Communications at SOAS, University of London). All shortlisted books will be on sale during the evening. Taking place on 23 November, 2017 at P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD.

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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.