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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.

London Palestine Film Festival: The London Palestine Film Festival returns to showcase both highly established filmmakers and fresh, emerging talent and to encourage dialogue regarding Palestine’s film industry, culture and politics. Creating a stimulating platform and bringing together filmmakers, scholars and the public, the twelve days see an extensive programme that includes feature and short films, Q+As with directors, panel discussions as well as a Masterclass and a book launch. Taking place 16-28 November, 2018 at various London venues, including: the Barbican, Curzon Soho, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Phoenix, The Rio and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Artist Talks at ACAVA: Shubbak and the Nour Creative Learning Programme present a rare opportunity to meet members of the Casablanca-based Skefkef Collective: Mehdi Annassi and Aicha El Beloui. They will share aspects of their illustration, street art, and design work with the Arts Education charity ACAVA's members and non-members. El Beloui, who is an illustrator, graphic designer and creative director, is particularly interested in illustration and map-based work as well as exploring themes of citizenship, public spaces, belonging, freedom, and the individual in the Moroccan context. Whilst Annassi aka Machima is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist who works on large-scale murals, comics, zines, animation, illustrations, and street art. He is best known for his involvement as a founding member of Skefkef, the first Moroccan independent comics magazine written in darija. Taking place 27 November, 2018 at ACAVA, 54 Blechynden Street, London W10 6RJ. 

Layale Chaker & Sarafand Ensemble: Violinist and composer Layale Chaker’s debut album 'Inner Rhyme' is a suite that explores aesthetics of Arabic poetry. This UK release concert unveils musical threads mapped through the rhythmical cycles of the twelve classical Arabic poetic meters. Listeners will feel the fluidity of oral and free forms, the abstraction of language into the physical contour of verses, and the percussive potential of words. Beyond expression, the composition process tries to capture the shape and essence of epic testimonials on life, death, war and love that make the heart of Arabic poetry. Layale, who has appeared as a soloist, performer, improviser and composer in concerts and recitals around the world, is also a member of Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan, with whom she performs throughout the year in grand concert halls around the world. For this concert, presented by Arts Canteen and as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, she will be joined by the Sarafand Ensemble on 25 November, 2018 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.

Yara Lapidus & Amira Kheir: A double bill with the trail-blazing Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir (‘The diva of the Sudanese desert’ – BBC World News) and Yara Lapidus. Kheir's music draws from traditional Sudanese music, entrenched in frenzied East African polyrhythms, pentatonic scales, and ancient mystical Nubian and Niolitic melodies, while being strongly anchored in experimental jazz, neo-soul and vast electric desert blues. Yara Lapidus has a voice from the land of the Cedar – deep, velvety, and made of a grain as soft as an embrace. When the great composer and producer, Gabriel Yared (The English Patient) met Yara in 2012, he was enthralled by her unique vocal timbre! Both musicians will perform from their joint album 'Indéfiniment'. Taking place on 23 November, 2018 as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA.

Faraj Suleiman Quartet: As part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, MARSM UK and Kings Place present Palestinian composer and pianist Faraj Suleiman with this quartet. Born in a village in the upper Galilee, the renowned musician has been playing the piano since the tender age of three. Influenced by his passion for Arabic music and eastern rhythms, it is both Suleiman’s groundbreaking original compositions as well as his compelling renditions that have led him to become one of the leading composers of the Arab world. His penchant for Arabic scales and modalities smoothly blends with his inspiration from tango and jazz traditions to create a uniquely captivating sound. Since 2014, he has released five albums alongside numerous stunning works with poets, theatres and musicals. Taking place 21 November, 2018 at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. 

The Egyptian Jazz Projekt: A special concert bringing the Harfoush Jazz Band’s revival of some of the greatest songs from 1950s and 1960s Egypt, in a new swing and latin jazz sound, as part of the band’s music project titled 'The Egyptian Jazz Projekt', featuring versions of iconic Egyptian legends such as Abdel Halim Hafez, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Fareed Al Atrash, Saad Abdel Wahab and Shadia among others. Founded by Egyptian London-based jazz vocalist Ahmed Harfoush in October 2015, the band brings a new sound to jazz through unique arrangements mainly inspired by 1950s Egyptian and American songs as well as collaborating with other jazz musicians. The project has performed in Paris, Berlin, Cairo, Vienna, Melbourne, Dubai and London. Hosted by Arts Canteen, this performance comes as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival and will take place 16 November, 2018 at Rich Mix London, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA London.

Film Africa 2018: The annual film festival celebrates the best of African cinema from across the continent and diaspora. Hosted by the Royal African Society and established in 2011, every year Film Africa brings to diverse London audiences a high quality and wide-ranging film programme accompanied by a vibrant series of events, including: director Q+As, talks, workshops, master classes, school screenings and family activities. Supporting filmmaking talent, it also gives out the Baobab Award for Best Short Film and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film. The festival, which this year includes films from Tunisia ('The Man Behind the Microphone' and 'Black Mamba'), Egypt ('Red Velvet' and 'Amal') and Sudan ('Akasha'), will be taking place 2-11 November, 2018 at venues across London.

The Sudan / South Sudan Literature Week: A new project curated by Frédérique Cifuente that will offer a unique experiences of both countries' contemporary literary scence to visitors and authors alike. Whilst a multimedia exhibition offers portrait photography, a sound and video art installation, a series of video stories and video interviews with Sudanese and South Sudanese writers, poets, cultural entrepreneurs and publishers, a parallel progrmame of events will bring in the authors of fictions to poetry, folktales to graphic novels and live performances. Highlighting the challenges and opportunities faced by writers and literary entrepreneurs, there will be a focus on ways of setting up collaborations and literary initiatives between the UK and the East African region, as well as to challenge the mainstream notion that both countries have little else to offer beyond images of war, violence, and unending political unrest. Taking place 1-10 November, 2018 at the P21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD.

Adonis on 'Translation, A Second Act of Creation': Presenting the 2018 Saif Ghobash Banipal Translation Prize Lecture, internationally renowned poet, philosopher and theoretician of Arab poetics Adonis will consider the relationship of translation to human identity. He explores the fact that human beings live in the same chronological moment, but in multiple, disparate moments culturally. Translation creates a universal cultural time in which the world gains new knowledge, people come to know each other, and each language discovers its creative presence in other languages. In so doing, he also raises the issue of the complex identity of the Arabic-speaking world, describing how the subject of translation in the Arab world is organically linked to the subject of identity, as well as asking what does translation have to do with the nebulous state of the world in whose languages we translate. Taking place 9 November, 2018 at The Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.

Iyad Sughayer Piano Recital: Join Palmusic UK for an enchanting evening to celebrate Iyad Sughayer's success. January 2018 marked his Gold Medal Award, the prestigious award issued by the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. For this special concert, he will be performing an inspiring programme which includes Mozart, Chopin and Khachaturian. Following a sell-out showcase of recitals at world-class cultural hub Kings Place, the Jordanian-Palestinian pianist was selected as this year’s competition winner after his stunning performances. More recently, Sughayer collaborated with Palmusic UK and beneficiaries Omar and Tibah Saad, and Lourdina Baboun in two tours in support of the Palmusic UK Scholarship Fund. Taking place 8 November, 2018 at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.


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.