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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.

Regarding Distance, Yazan Khalili: Edge of Arabia Projects (EOA.P) to present Regarding Distance, the first major solo exhibition in the United Kingdom by acclaimed Palestinian artist Yazan Khalili. This show will feature works produced over the last decade which explore the scarred and fraught landscapes of the West Bank, where the artist grew up. Exhibition dates from 8 April- 24 May, 2014 at EOA.Projects Gallery, 40 Elcho Street, Lodnon SW11 4AU.


Ceet Fouad, 'I Believe I Can Touch the Sky': Moroccan Fine Art will present the work of one of the world's leading Graffiti artist Ceet Fouad. Fouad's graffiti reflects an energetic personality and approach to life. Largely based on an interplay of colours and wild styling lettering, the finished product is controlled and mechanically executed, yet sophisticated in the design style and finish. Exhibition will be held at the Barbara Stanely Gallery, from 7-13 April, 2014. 

BFI Discover Arab Cinema: In association with the Zenith Foundation, the British Film Institute (BFI Southbank) is continuing with its year-long programme of inspiring films from the Arab region. April will show a number of experimental films, with a selection that spans sixteen years in an effort to engage viewers with new angles on the familiar and reconfigure perspectives on the pressing questions of our time. For confirmed films and screenings, please check the link below.

Sumurun (One Arabian Night) + Live Score by Amira Kheir: This ‘brilliant’ (NY Times) fantasy-drama classic of forbidden love is brought to life by acclaimed vocalist-composer Kheir, fusing contemporary jazz and East African music with a live band. A pioneering collaboration by renowned director Ernst Lubitsch and early Hollywood superstar Negri, Sumurun follows the adventures of a rebellious slave girl in the court of a tyrannical Sheik. Singer, musician and songwriter of Sudanese origin, Amira Kheir has won critical acclaim for her debut album and international appearances from Mali’s Festival au Desert to the London Jazz Festival. Taking place on 11 April, 2014 at the Barbican, London.

Arabic Nights, Happily Bubbly: Event organiser Happily Bubbly and Lebanese singer Mike Nasser are creating a set of Saturday night dinner parties in central London; to bring live music, special performances and belly dancing in a friendly and sociable atmosphere, beginning this March, 2014. Doors will open from 10pm until late and for £45 per person you get dinner and one drink. For more information on fixed dates, confirmed venues and to reserve a place, call Natalie: 07789900416.

Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, London: The Arab British Centre (ABC) will be holding an exhibition and events from 20-28 March, 2014 to celebrate the Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project. One of the co-founders of this movement, Beau Beausoleil, will also take part in panels and roundtable discussions at the ABC. The exhibition will feature a selection of unflinching broadsides, artists’ books and brand-new prints from the evocative project and there will also be a sale of the 'Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Anthology' along with 'Baghdad: City in Verse' (translated and edited by Reuven Snir).​

Lawrence In Arabia, Insight with Scott Anderson: Veteran correspondent and author of the new book 'Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East', Scott Anderson will join an audience at The Frontline Club, London to share his retelling of the legendary figure, reflecting on the actions from the past and how they continue to shape the Middle East region and its future; asking also if the lines that were drawn at the end of WWI are now starting to shift. Event taking place on 25 March, 2014.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Film Festival, London 2014: Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.Through the HRW Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.This year's festival will take place from 18-28 March, 2014 and includes 20 award-winning documentaries and feature films at Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, the Ritzy Brixton and at the Barbican.

We Stand #WithSyria London Vigil: Syria is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time and March 2014 marks the third anniversary of the crisis and three years of failure by the international community to end the suffering. On 13 March, 2014 you can stand in solidarity and make this the last anniversary marked with bloodshed. People will be joining from around the world in a global solidarity movement for the Syrian children and families caught up in the conflict. The London Vigil will take place at Trafalgar Square from 6-7pm and gathering will include a soundscape and projection onto Nelson’s Column to highlight the world's hope for Syria.

The Last Man Film Screening: The British Film Institute (BFI)  and Zenith Foundation will present the film that mixes the thriller with the vampire genre in an experimental portrayal of the city of Beirut. Each morning Beirut awakens to a new murder seemingly committed by a serial killer, with victims found emptied of their blood. At the same time a doctor, Khalil, begins to experience strange symptoms that destabilise him and transform his life. A connection slowly emerges that seems to link Khalil to these victims. Director Ghassan Salhab’s body of films have come to narrate the state of Lebanon – and Beirut in particular – during and after the civil war, and this film is no exception. Screening on 8 March, 2014 at the BFI Southbank.


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.