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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.

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.

Ten Years On The Frontline: To mark the occasion of the Frontline Club's tenth anniversary, taking place on Wednesday 27 November, 2013. From Iraq to Afghanistan, Libya to Syria, a panel of journalists will be reflecting on the front lines they have reported from and discussing how they have marked the past decade. They will be sharing the stories they covered and the ones that remained unreported. To be chaired by Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow with Paul Wood (World Affairs Correspondent at the BBC), Ghaith Abdul-Ahad (Iraqi Journalist and Photojournalist), Anthony Loyd (Award-winning War Correspondent) and Lindsey Hilsum (International Editor at Channel 4 News and Author of Sandstorm, Libya in the Time of Revolution).

ASMAA: Award-winning Egyptian film directed by Amr Salama to show at The Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill Gate on 30 November. Curated by Yasmin El Derby and Nabil Elouahabi and with the support of MAD Solutions (Egypt), will bring to a London audience the astonishing story based on fact about the strength and determination of an HIV Positive woman living in contemporary Egypt. Asmaa attempts to keep her status a secret from a judgmental society and faces a huge dilemma when she is offered hope through a television appearance after doctors refuse to operate on her gallbladder due to her condition. Truly not to be missed!

Sara Shamma, Q: A first solo exhibition in London of the work of the Syrian artist Sara Shamma, that centres on her most important pieces to date: a 16.5m long 'Q' comprising ten individual paintings that fit together as a composite whole. The work serves as a metaphor for a transformative space where the individual metamorphoses into assuming the identity of the group, where we witness the dilution of the individual as the pressure of the group mentality encroaches upon him. We get a rare insight into Shamma's personal experience of recent events in the Middle East and of her native Syria. To be held from 28 November to 2 December, 2012 at the Upper Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art. Free entry.

'The Modern Arab Woman' Discourses and Alternative Narratives: Lecture by Professor Amira Sonbol, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, to be held at SOAS, University of London on Friday 22 November, 2013 from 6.30-8pm, part of the Qatar Foundation UK Lecture Series. Among other points of research, the presentation will propose a reading of history that illuminates complex questions pivoting around relating to the variability of Arab women's experiences and struggles across time and space. Event is free and open to the public, but you must register beforehand.

One World Media Festival 2013: A two-day festival to celebrate ‘the Media’ and the role it plays in helping to create and effect positive global change. Organised by One World Media in association with Open City Docs, the two-day programme on 8-9 November, 2013 will feature keynote presentations, industry panel discussions, workshops, debates and lots of film screenings to explore how the use of the Media has impacted on the issues of human rights, development and international affairs. Although free to attend, you must book ASAP for a guaranteed place.

The Bombing of Al-Bara: Screening of Olly Lambert's 2012 live and raw footage of the bombing of Al-Bara village in Syria on 28 October 2012. Part of the Between The Lines Follow-Up Events programme, this film documents the shocking impact of the Syrian regime's strike on a civilian population and the experience of being a war-journalist on the frontline. Presented by the Doc House and The Frontline Club, the screening will take place on 29 October at The Ritzy cinema, followed by a Q & A with Olly Lambert.

GIBRAN The Play, Gibran's Rest Upon the Wind: Written by Nadim Sawalaha, directed by Arne Pohlmeier and produced by Ali Matar, this great production returns to London's West End following a sell-out tour in the UK and the Middle East. The play is inspired by Khalil Gibran's most famous book The Prophet, that was written over a hundred years ago in 1923 in New York by Lebanon's best known poets and painter. Showing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 17 November, 2013. 


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.