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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.

In The Picture, Illustration In Times of War: Illustrator George Butler will present his drawings of war-torn Syria to consider whether there is still room for illustration in hard news stories. We are flooded with images taken by cameras and phones which often struggle to have the impact they did 50 years ago. In a society that has become so de-sensitised to photographs of war, can illustration be used to better encapsulate a situation and connect with the viewer? At the Frontline Club on 16 April, 2014.

Syria - Snapshots of History in the Making: Film screening presented by WARM (an international foundation working on the world’s contemporary conflicts and supporter of Abounaddara Films) at the Frontline Club to be followed by a discussion with journalist and head of WARM Remy Ourdan, photographer Patrick Chauveland and producer Charif Kiwan on 11 April, 2014. Founded in 2010 by a group of Syrian filmmakers, Abounaddara anonymously releases weekly films on the web in order to avoid censorship. The short films here are a testimony of the fight for freedom in Syria.

Bloody Beans: ‘Radical, original and playful’ was how the Copenhagen Film Festival described 2013 Prize-winner Bloody Beans. Trance-like and hallucinatory, it follows a group of children during Algeria’s War of Independence, reduced to a diet of ‘bloody beans’ until they loot a French Army base and abduct a soldier. With a poetic realism recalling the works of Jean Vigo, this unique film brilliantly captures the violence and absurdity of war. Showing on 9 April, 2014 at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) as part of the Birds Eye View Film Festival 2014.

Bastards: A contemporary morality tale from the Casablanca slums to the High Court, Bastards follows a group of Moroccan women fighting to legitimise their children. As Morocco becomes the first Muslim regime to grant legal rights to single mothers, British filmmaker Perkin gained unprecedented access over several weeks embedded in the community. Weaving together intimate personal stories with strikingly candid footage, the result is a powerful account of their collective struggle to be heard. Showing on 9 April, 2014 at the Hackney Picturehouse as part of the Birds Eye View Film Festival 2014.

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).​


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.