Curious Inbox

  • Tints of Resilience Exhibition - At P21 Gallery - London 17 August-6 September, 2018
  • SAFAR Film Festival - A Literary Journey Through Arab Cinema - London 13-18 September, 2018

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.

Returning To Haifa (Theatre): The world premiere of the first English-language adaptation of the classic novella by Ghassan Kanafani, 'Returning to Haifa', adapted for the stage by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi and directed by Caitlin McLeod. A compelling story of two families – one Palestinian, one Israeli – who are forced by history into an intimacy they didn't choose. Set in the aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War, the Palestinian couple - who fled their home in 1948 - return to Haifa after 20 years of being away. Although prepared to find someone else living where they once did, nothing could have prepared them for the encounter they both desired and dreaded: the son they had to leave behind, and what he has become. Coinciding with the 70-year anniversaries of both the Nakba and the foundation of the State of Israel, this is a deeply moving play of suspense and heartbreak, where humanity and vision combine with a frontline immediacy. Taking place 27 February-24 March, 2018 at the Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED​.

Curfew Dance Performance by El Funoun and Hawiyya: A thought-provoking dance production brought by two Palestinian dance companies that encourages individuals to self-reflect and take action in the face of injustice. With a fusion of traditional and contemporary dance moves, the stage becomes a safe space for the dancers of different backgrounds to shed light on the issues of oppression and injustice, as well as encouraging the audience to reflect on the same. The creative performance will be incorporating contemporary-modern dance and taking inspiration from dabke, the Palestinian folkloric dance movement. To be followed by a Q+A session and discussion with the audience, the show takes place on 24 March 2018 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.

Ala Younis - Plan For Feminist Greater Baghdad: Delfina Foundation and Art Jameel present a solo exhibition by Ala Younis to be held simultaneously in London and Dubai. The exhibition includes a major new installation co-commissioned by the two organisations, 'Plan (fem.) for Greater Baghdad', that builds on Younis’s previous work that was included in the Central Exhibition of the 56th Venice Biennale, and which will be shown alongside the new commission. In the newly commissioned work, the artist brings to the fore the significant contributions made by female artists, architects and other influential characters - including Balkis Sharara, Nuha al-Radi, Fahrelnissa Zeid, Iman Mersal and Zaha Hadid -​ to the development of Baghdad and its modern monuments. Typical of her practice, the work re-articulates archival material to bring about new narratives; which in this case is a reading that sees beyond the male dominance of the city’s architecture and politics, to reveal the female influence on Baghdad’s history. Taking place 1 February-24 March, 2018 at Delfina Foundation, 29-31 Catherine Place, London SW1E 6DY​.

Eternal Light Exhibition: In many people’s minds, Egypt invokes visions of either pharaohs, temples and pyramids or of the turbulent politics of the past six years. Little is known on an international level about the wealth of modern and contemporary art that seeks to transcribe the social, political and cultural issues of the present—or simply to portray contemporary daily life—by drawing on the visual motifs of Ancient Egypt that underpin the Egyptian identity to this day. Eternal Light brings together works by Egypt’s most prominent contemporary artists to show the world that Egypt continues to play a crucial role in contemporary artistic and cultural life. The artworks on display draw upon various elements of the styles, movement, color and themes of Ancient Egyptian art and transform them into multifaceted conversations that reflect and reinterpret the complexity of Egyptian culture for the 21st century’s global audience. Hosted by the Egyptian Cultural Bureau and Art D’Egypte,, the exhibition will be taking place 2-23 March, 2018 at  the Egyptian Cultural Bureau, 4 Chesterfield Gardens, London W1J 5BG.

From Cairo to Aleppo - Exploring the Photographic Archive of K.A.C Creswell: An in-depth exploration of a unique archive of Middle Eastern topographical photographs dating from the early 20th century. Professor Sir Keppel Archibald Cameron Creswell CBE FBA FSA (1879-1974) was an English architectural historian who wrote some of the seminal works on Islamic architecture in Egypt. He bequeathed his library of 3,000-plus volumes to the American University in Cairo, along with his collection of some 11,000 photographic prints. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford also received the photographic negatives whilst the Victoria & Albert Museum now holds more than three thousand of his photographic prints. This talk will be presented by architect and Barakat Trust's grantee Omniya Abdel Barr, who will discuss her research into Creswell's photographs and the stories they reveal. Taking place 23 March, 2018 at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL​.

Rania Abouzeid In Conversation: Rania Abouzied will be discussing her new book 'No Turning Back: Life, Loss and Hope in Wartime Syria' with fellow journalist Lyse Doucet. Published to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of protests in Syria, this is a cinematically crafted work, weaving a tapestry of rebels and exiles, radical Islamists and their victims amid the deadliest conflict of the century thus far. Extending back to the first protests in Damascus in 2011, and based on more than five years of clandestine reporting on the front lines of the war, 'No Turning Back' presents an unforgettable portrait of a shattered country that “has ceased to exist as a unified state except in memories and on maps.” Taking place 22 March, 2018 at the Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place,
London, W2 1QJ.

We Crossed A Bridge And It Trembled, Voices From Syria: An event to launch Wendy Pearlman's book 'We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria'. Based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East and Europe, the book features a collection of intimate wartime testimonies from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight. Pearlmam, who is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and holds the Martin and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professorship, will be joined in conversation with Malu Halasa, a Jordanian-Filipina American writer and editor based in London. ​A registration free event, taking place on 21 March, 2018 at Wolfson Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ​.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival (HRWFF): The Human Rights Watch Film Festival (HRWFF) bears witness to human rights violations through an annual film forum featuring the work of courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people. It currently screens in over 20 cities around the world throughout the year and its London edition takes place in March. The annual programme usually includes films relevant to the MENA region and this year, you can look out for: 'Naila And The Uprising', 'The Long Season', 'Muhi Generally Temporary' and 'The Poetess'. Taking place 7-16 March, 2018 at the Barbican or the BFI Southbank. Details in the link below.

Borderline & Woodway Road: The sell out satire of the Calais Jungle is back in London after its international tour. Borderline was devised and performed by a cast of European and refugee performers and directed by Sophie N L Besse. Beyond the show was an important human adventure that was shortlisted for the Community Integration Awards. This time, Borderline also bring with them Berlin’s Cabuwazi Zirkus’ ensemble 'Move' who will be performing 'Woodway Road'. This will feature artists from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds, blend circus, theatre and music together, and all in a piece about society, encounter and arrival, trial and error and the magic of collective creation. Taking place 6-11 March, 2018 at Pleasance Theatre Trust, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF.

Sheroes: Lon-art’s third social exhibition, this project champions little-known women warriors, leading ladies and unsung stars. Women artists and allies have been invited to use their creative expression to give a voice to and turn our eyes towards silenced and overlooked heroines – Sheroes – throughout her-story, and offer inspiring female role models. The exhibition will take place alongside a 'Sheroes' engagement programme throughout the month of March, to coincide with International Women’s History Month. A collaborative project, it brings together UK and international artists, feminist organisations, charities and the general public, including online resources on their website. Taking place 8-11 March, 2018 at Ugly Duck, 49 Tanner St, London SE1 3PL​.


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.