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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.

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.

Shout for Yarmouk​: From the heart of Lebanon’s refugee camps, Palestinian hip hop group Katibeh 5 will bring sounds of the struggle while unique world music collective Raast will tell tales of love, the life of a refugee and resistance from the Middle East and beyond. The evening will also feature Arabic, reggae and funk grooves from DJ JLDN, two short films by film-makers from Yarmouk camp and home-made Syrian food. Event taking place on 6 March, 2014 at: Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, Dalston, London, E8 4AA.

Border Film Screening With Q+A: The Syrian war has so far caused 80,000 deaths and 800,000 refugees who have fled to Libya, Turkey and Jordan. This film is based on a true story: Aya and Fatima are two sisters who live in a village in Syria, in the epicentre of the fighting between police and shabiha, the regime’s militia. The only chance to survive for Aya and Fatima is to cross the Turkish border and seek refuge. Screening will take place on 6 March, 2014 at the Cine Lumiere, at the French Institute in London, followed by a Q+A with Director Alessio Cremonini.

Arabic Language Courses: The Arab British Centre (ABC) is offering Arabic language courses from March-June, 2014 with Ibrahim Othman. Othman who has several years' experience in teaching Arabic at different levels both in his native Syria and in the UK. Classed will be at the ABC premises at Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE.

Seven Years On, Preserving Literary Heritage: Banipal and the Arab British Centre (ABC) will present an afternoon of poetry readings and discussion on the seventh anniversary of the bombing of Al Mutanabbi Street, in Iraq. The event will bring together individuals working in the industry, to support and celebrate the significance of independent publishing and bookselling. Also, to  coincide with the discussion, the Iraqi actress, Dina Mousawi and Syrian actor Ammar Haj Ahmad will also perform poems by Saadi Youssef from the anthology 'AlMutanabbi Street Starts Here'. Event takes place on 5 March, 2014 at the ABC, London.

Hope And Peace Fundraiser: A fundraising event with Middle Eastern entertainment for the children of Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Egypt. Confirmed performers include: Tarik Saeed, Hanan Hjaaj, Hagag Kenway and Sami Alhussami. Tickets are £20 per person and all money raised will be shared between four charities; Inter Pal, The Noor Trust, Hand in Hand for Syria and Face for Children in Need. Taking place 2 March, 2014 at The Mia Lounge, 100 Avenue Road, London NW3 3HF.

The Turtles Rage & Q+A: A tender and astute portrait-come-road movie, Pary El-Qalqili draws out a life marked by flight, exile and a longing for home. As father and daughter journey across the Middle East, El-Qalqili searches to understand the complexities of the Palestinian conflict, and her father's present day rage. Screening on 27 February, 2014 at the Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 9RL. Director will join for a Q+A via Skype with the audience.


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.