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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.

Poetry from Iraq: In 2013 the Reel Iraq Festival held workshops in Erbil as part of the Erbil Literature Festival which led to the creation of new translations of Iraqi poets Zaher Mousa, Awezan Nouri, Ghareeb Iskander and Sabreen Kadhim. Whilst in Erbil these poets also worked with acclaimed documentary film maker Roxana Vilk, who produced a number of poetry films from the project. Evening will start with screenings of these films, followed by a discussion with the translator Lauren Pyott and the film maker Roxana Vilk, chaired by Syrian actor and film-maker Ammar Haj Ahmad, about the process, experiences and the poets featured. To be followed by readings from the Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh in Arabic, with translator Stephen Watts reading in English. Taking place on 20 February 2014, at The Mosaic Rooms.

Athier I, Man of War: Ayyam Gallery and Edge of Arabia present the first UK solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and editions by the Iraqi artist Athier, whose work here has been inspired by the fluidity and human detachment of destruction. From 18 February-29 March, 2014 at Edge of Arabia Elcho Street, London SW11 4AU.

Faisal Samra, Construction, Destruction and Reconstruction: Ayyam Gallery will host the first solo London exhibition of the Saudi Arabian artist Faisal Samra. Faisal Samra has long been intrigued by the process of creation, ‘living with it each moment of the day, even during sleeping, therefore [he] wanted to treat this subject in [the] artwork itself’. Thoughts on the process of creation reached new dimensions as Samra began to consider not only construction, but also destruction and reconstruction in relation to the Middle East, the concept of the ego, and the human body. Dates from 13 February-29 March, 2014.

Jokes! Humour in the Hadith: Yasmin Amin will present a talk on her PhD research at Exeter University into 'Humour in the Prophetic Traditions (Hadith)' at the Inclusive Mosque Initiative (IMI) on 22 February, 2014. Venue: Jamyang Buddhist Centre, The Old Courthouse, Tara Room, 43 Renfrew Road, London SE11 4NA.

Maha Malluh, Distributed Objects: The Selma Feriani Gallery present exhibition of the works of Maha Malluh in conversation with Arman, César, Daniel Spoerri, Samuel Rousseau and Younes Rahmoun, and curated by Marie Deparis-Yafil. Project revolves around Maha Malluh's recent mixed media installations and the dialogue between Malluh's sculputures, Armna's accumulation, César’s compression, Spoerri’s ‘snare pictures’, Rousseau’s video installation and Rahmoun’s drawings. Title 'Distributed Objects' originates from object-oriented computer software, like Java language, that represents concepts as ‘objects’, which are designed to work together and with other softwares. With these six artists coming from different lands and ages, Distributed Objects attempts to offer another kind of software, a new reign. Exhibition from 24 January-29 March, 2014.

Wild Arabia, Dr Chadden Hunter: The Anglo-Omani Society will host an evening with Dr Chadden Hunter, producer of the BBC Series Wild Arabia, to discuss his filming in Oman, which provided the content for the first two episodes of this spectacular documentary. Taking place on 12 February, 2014 at: The Anglo-Omani Society, 34 Sackville Street, London, W1S 3ED.

Waiting For Summer, Arab Women In Revolution: Swivel Theatre Company presents a series of short plays about Arab women in revolution, directed by Diyan Zora. From a wedding in Syria to a kitchen in Palestine, revolutionary Egypt and wartime Iraq, four writers take us on a gripping journey through the Arab world; with new writing from Hannah Khalil and Maximillian Singh Gill, to an adaptation of Yusuf Idris’ Madam Vienna by Hassan Abdulrazzak and a revival of Martin Crimp’s Advice to Iraqi Women. Three performances from 7-9 February, 2014 at: Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7BU.

The Muslims Are Coming: A critically acclaimed comedy documentary following a band of Muslim-American comedians as they travel across the US performing free shows to combat Islamophobia; including celebs like The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Lewis Black who offer commentary. Two screening will take place on 5 February, 2014 at Riverside Studios, to be followed by a Q + A with the director Dean Obeidallah, and co-producers Sawsan Asfari and Maya Sanbar.

The Do-Gooders: SOAS presents this guerrilla road movie into the murky world of International Aid in relation to Palestine. To be followed by Q + A with the director Chloe Ruthven and contributor Lubna Masarwa. This is a free event to be held on 4 February, 2014 but best to register attendance. Venue: SOAS, Khalili Theatre, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG.


Discover Arab Cinema, BFI Southbank: The British Film Institute (BFI) and Zenith Foundation present inspiring contemporary and classic films from the Arab region, showing: Horses of God (4 February and 9 February, 2014), Quarantine (12 February and 15 February, 2014), Casanegra (18 February and 22 February, 2014) and The Attack (23 February and 25 February, 2014).  Discover Arab cinema iis dedicated to Sheila Whitaker (1936 – 2013), former director of the London Film Festival and programmer of the National Film Theatre, who did much to promote cinema from the Arab region in the UK.


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.