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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.

The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes (Theatre Play): Starring Nabil Elouahabi, a black comedy based on a short story by Hassan Blasim about an Iraqi refugee, Salim, who comes to London in search of his dream, taking on a new identity and marrying a wealthy older woman who coaches him in the bedroom for a citizen's test. But Carlos Fuentes finds that knowing the names of all six of Henry VIII’s wives can neither satisfy his new wife nor turn him into a 'Britishman'. The nightmare of the violence of his past also catches up with him and suddenly he is at the airport,accompanied by a G4 security guard, waiting for a plane to take him back to Iraq. A world premiere of Rashid Razaq and directed by Nicolas Kent, taking place from 23 July-16 August, 2014 at the Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL.

Reem Kelani: Arts Canteen present a most outstanding and innovative Arabic singer Reem Kelani, as she explores a profoundly personal musical territory with her fine cross-cultural band, creating an intense and emotional sound-scape that starts somewhere between propulsive contemporary jazz and spine-tingling Arabic maqaams and continues with power, passion and poetry as well as Palestinian favourites. Performing on 25 July, 2014 at the Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch.

Modern Standard Arabic, Arab British Centre (ABC): Application is now open for the ABC Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) classes for the September-November 2014 intake. Taught by Ibrahim Othman who has several years' experience of teaching Arabic in his native Syria and the UK, there are both Lunchtime and Evening courses at MSA Levels 1 and 2. Held at the ABC premises, at 1 Gough Square, London EC4! 3DE. 


Unearthed, Issam Kourbaj: Solo exhibition by Syrian-born and UK-based artist inspired by three years of the Syrian Revolution and being deeply affected by the ongoing violence and huge numbers of casualties. Kourbaj has created multimedia works ranging from unique, site-specific installations, re-purposed book covers, discarded poster fragments and camerae obscurae as well as works on paper and canvas. From July-16 August, 2014 at the P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London NW1 IJD.

Hope And Peace Iftar: A charity dinner event to raise funds for the 'Save The Children' Iraq and Syria Emergency Appeals and 'Medical Aid for Palestinians' (MAP). Taking place on 17 July, 2014 with a four-course dinner with Nasheeds, Quran Recitation and live Oud performance, at the Lebanese Village restaurant at 30D Park Royal Road, Park Royal NW10 7FL

Batoul S'himi, World Under Pressure: A first solo show for the Moroccan artist Batoul S’Himi to present her sculpture series started in 2008. Here she transforms potentially hazardous household cooking appliances and utensils – such as stovetop coffee pots, Butagaz, pressure cookers, and meat cleavers – into unique artworks to convey a sense of anxiety about the world in a witty and visually striking way, as if it could be about to explode or hacked to pieces. From 10 July-8 August, 2014 at Rose Issa Projects, 82 Great Portland Street, London W1.

Re-Construction, Walid Siti: Edge of Arabia (EOA.) Projects with Rose Issa Projects present a major solo exhibition of renowned Kurdish-Iraqi artist Walid Siti, comprising new large-scale paintings, works on paper and installations that express Siti's reaction to the ongoing process of transformation and 're-construciton' in the Middle East. In particular, his work relates to Iraq, where a continuous struggle to create, destroy and rebuild defines a deeper and darker human endeavour to 'build imaginary mountains' and reach the summit at any cost. From 8 July-23 August, 2014 at EOA. Projects Gallery, 40 Elcho Street, London SW! 4AU.

BFI Discover Arab Cinema: In association with Zenith Foundation, the BFI Southbank continues with a year-long programme of inspiring contemporary and classic films from the Arab region with July 2014 devoted to films from Morocco: On The Edge (Feature debut about a girl who goes to extremes to escape her factory job), Death For Sale (Morocco’s entry for 2013’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar about a group of young friends who turn to crime), Moroccan Shorts (from new generation of Moroccan filmmakers) and Mirage (Fable-like story of a poor young farmer who finds treasure in a flour bag).

PlayWrought #2: A week-long celebration of new ideas, new voices and new writing, PlayWROUGHT #2 will see six exciting new plays from writers of Middle Eastern, Asian and North African heritage premier as a series of rehearsed readings at The Arcola Theatre, from 7-12 July, 2014. PlayWrought #2 is being presented to also coincide with a forthcoming production, The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes by Rashid Razaq and directed by Nicolas Kent. These playwrights will go on to be founding members of Arcola’s Middle Eastern, Asian and North African writers group.

Maryam Saleh and Zeid Hamdan: Egyptian Saleh and Lebanese Zeid's work together includes original music by both artists alongside covers of classic Arabic songs, including Saleh’s personal inspiration, Sheikh Imam, a friend of her father and who she knew well growing up. Saleh is considered a major creative force and a powerful voice for her generation and Hamdan as the true face of Lebanese underground music and trip hop. Organised by the Arts Canteen Company, concert will be on 7 July, 2014 at the Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.


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.