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.

Dictums: Manqia I, Wael Shawky: The Lisson Gallery presents one of the most powerful and urgent voices to emerge from the Middle East in the last decade. Wael Shawky explores systems of belief and reinterprets faith, myth and history through the lens of the modern media. Dictums: Manqia I (2014) reveals herds of prize black camels driven across the desert, perhaps en route to one of the prestigious camel parades or beauty pageants that are held in the Gulf region, known as mazaynas. Having previously worked with the indigenous cultures and traditions of nomadic Bedouin tribes people, Shawky charts patterns of the physical, economic and intellectual migration in this video, shot by the artist on location near Abu Dhabi. Exhibition from 31 January-8 March, 2014.

Lebanese Rocket Society: As part of its continuing Middle East films programme, the Crossway Foundation presents the Lebanese Rocket Society, directed by Khalil Joreige & Joana Hadjithomas. This internationally acclaimed documentary excavates a forgotten moment in history and recalls the utopian possibilities that ultimately lost out to civil and regional conflict. Film screening will be 23 January, 2014 at Edge of Arabia Gallery, 40 Elcho Street, London, SW11 4AU. Free admission, but RSVP required.

The Keepers of Infinite Space: By Omar El-Khairy with contributions from Caroline Rooney, the team behind 2012’s international hit The Fear of Breathing return with a hard-hitting examination of the Israeli prison system, one of the central issues in the ongoing search for peace, exploring the dynamics to reveal a fraught legacy for Israelis and Palestinians. Presented by Park Theatre, The Moving Theatre and Global Uncertainties, between 22 January-16 February, at Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

Marwan Sahmarani, Black Moon: A solo exhibition at Kashya Hildebrand Gallery of the artwork of the Lebanese Marwan Sahmarani, with his continuing focus on the medium of oil paint. From simple compositions of defined lines and graphic figures, Sahmarani’s paintings have transformed; and, over the years, defined figures and human shapes have dissipated to make way for freer forms and a bolder application of colour. From 9 January-24 February 2014, at the Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, 22 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DE.


Made In Morocco: Moroccan Fine Art will present an exhibition in partnership with Moroccan Bazaar. Offering a poetic and imaginative journey into the world of Moroccan culture through the artworks of Mustapha Amnaine, Hassan Boukhari and Said Qodaid. Event from 20 January-20 February 2014 at Art Moorhouse, 120 London  Wall, Greater London, EC2Y 5ET.

Kalimat Magazine, Submissions: Open call for submissions from Arab writer and other creatives from around the world to be included in Issue 09. The deadline has been extended until 1 February 2014. Kalimat is a non-profit, independent, media production organisation that features bold, engaging political, design, film, fashion, literature, musical and new media content.

The Square, Preview Screening And Q+A: The Frontline Club presents the Oscar shortlisted documentary film directed by Jehane Noujaim that looks at the events which have taken place at Cairo, Egypt's Tahrir Square, where over two years, the Egyptians have come out to demand change and seen through the eyes of several young revolutionaries. Screening takes place on 16 January, 2014 at The Frontline Club and will be followed by a Q+A with Khalid Abdalla (an actor who put his career on hold to document the revolution).

Gaza Writes Back, Worldwide Launch: Marking the fifth anniversary of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, Just World Books is releasing a collection of short stories written in English by 15 talented young writers from Gaza, Palestine. Hosted by P21 Gallery and to be moderated by Victoria Brittain (former Associate Foreign Editor at The Guardian), some of the writers and the collection’s editor Refaat Alareer will read excerpts from the book and discuss issues relevant to their dreams and aspirations as writers and the challenging conditions of Gaza today. Event will take place on 15 January, 2014 at the P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London NW1.

Oud Instrument Course with Taqasim Music School, at The Arab British Centre (ABC): Learn to play the Oud instrument and acquire a beginner's knowledge of the fundamental techniques and characteristics of the Magam music system. From 11 January-15 March, 2014, course will be held on Saturday afternoons at the Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE. Note: The Taqasim Music School launched in March 2011 to provide education on Middle Eastern music culture, under the direction of Iraqi Oud Master Ahmed Mukhtar.

Arabic Language Courses, at The Arab British Centre (ABC): Learn to read, write and speak Arabic from January-March 2014. From Levels 1-3 MSA with a choice of Lunchtime, Evening or Saturday classes led by Ibrahim Othman, who has several years' experience of teaching Arabic both in his native Syria and the UK. All courses will be held at the ABC at 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE.


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.