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  • SAFAR Film Festival - A Literary Journey Through Arab Cinema - London 13-18 September, 2018

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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.

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.

Dewany Seminar, Human Rights Abuses in Saudi Arabia: A first UK event organised by Dewany to bring human rights experts, lawyers, academics and political representatives to address the question of: 'Do human rights violations in Saudi Arabia demonstrate the failure of the regime and its judicial system?' Taking place on 11 December, 2013 at The Law Society, London WC2A 1PL. (Dewany is a new human rights organisation raising awareness of human rights violations taking place across parts of the Arab world, providing legal assistance to the victims and promoting principles of good governance.)

Open Call for Curator for the Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA) 2014: YAYA is a biennial programme organised by the A M Qattan Foundation that encourages, supports and promotes young Palestinian artists. An open call is being made for the position of Curator to work with the finalist artists on the development of their works and with the A M Qattan Foundation’s Culture and Arts Programme on staging the 2014 Award exhibition. Application deadline is 10 December, 2013.

A Festive Souk, at the Arab British Centre (ABC): Offering the British public an opportunity to purchase a wide array of artisanal products from the Arab world, including screen-prints, jewellery made of olive-wood, fine textiles and delicious Palestinian foodstuffs. From 5-7 December, at different times, at the ABC, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE.

Katibeh 5 and RAAST Live!: All the way from the refugee camps of Beirut, Katibeh 5 are one of the Middle East's most dynamic and vital hip-hop groups. This is a unique opportunity for Londoners to witness these talented Palestinian rappers performing alongside the strings, voices and beats of multicultural collective Raast. Concert on 9 December, 2013 at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), G2, Thornaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG. Tickets at the door for £5.

Discover Arab Cinema, at the British Film Institute (BFI): December 2013 starts the second theme of the BFI Southbank’s year-long Discover Arab Cinema in collaboration with Zenith Foundation. Four award-winning films will be showing from Morocco, Algeria/France, Jordan and Palestine on the big theme of Family, which is central to Middle Eastern societies. Each film deals in its own distinctive way with the issue and engages the viewer with strength in storyline mixed at times with dark humour and tenderness. The four films to be screened are: Hold Back/Rengaine (4 and 7 December, 2013), The Last Friday/Al Jumaa al Akhira (12 and 14 December, 2013), Thirst/Atash (17 and 21 December, 2013), and Le Grand Voyage (December, 2013).

Arabian Nights: Hammer & Tongs Theatre and Blue Elephant Theatre present a rip-roaring comedy trampling raucously through the far-flung fables of the Arabian Nights. Kings, princesses, the odd genie, more talking animals than you can shake a stick at and a flying horse all find their way into this madcap physical comedy, played out by a rambunctious ensemble and accompanied by live music. Taking place from 26 November - 14 December, 2013 at the Blue Elephant Theatre, 59a Bethwin Road, SE5 0XT.

Out of Arabia, Landscapes Throughout The Arabian Peninsula: Exhibition at the Arab British Centre (ABC), bringing together nine artists (from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the USA) whose work was part of a competition organised by the British Council in Saudi Arabia that explores the idea of what constitutes landscape throughout the Arabian Peninsula. Capturing the diversity and originality of contemporary artistic explorations and interpretations of landscape, the nine winners shown here in London for the first time form part of a far broader, on-going programme of activity aimed at fostering long term cultural and artistic collaboration between the UK, Saudi Arabia and the wider Arab world. Exhibition to be held 25-29 November, 2013 at the ABC premises.

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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.