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Curious Inbox

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.

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.

Witness Matter, Exhibition: Vitrine Gallery will present a two-person exhibition from British artist Leah Capaldi and Lebanese artist Stéphanie Saadé, whose practices explore the performativity of objects and display. Using the gallery space as a platform to question the role of the individual, as ‘the watcher’ and ‘the watched’, and the object, as ‘prop’ and ‘sculpture’, the gallery will house a new installation by Capaldi and new wall-based object works by Saadé. From 22 January - 22 February 2014 at Vitrine Gallery,First Floor, 183-185 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UN.

ISIS And The Battle for Syria: Panel discussion at the Frontline Club on 19 February, 2014, looking at the uprising in Syria and its complications. With foreign fighters streaming in to join al-Qaeda-affiliated groups, such as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), the conflict has entered a new phase. As fighting between the Syrian opposition and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups intensifies, panel offers a picture of what is happening on the ground in Syria and will look at the groups involved, how they have developed, and their power and influence in the country and further afield.

The Flamenco Trail, from the Middle East to Spain: Ramon Ruiz and Anita La Maltesa return to St Ethelburga's on 7 February, 2014 by popular demand with another evening of blazing flamenco song and dance. On the night, they will be joined by Oud maestro Attab HaddadFlamenco developed out of a fusion of music and dance from the Andalucian region of Spain with its roots in East India and Arabic music. The evocative sound of the Flamenco guitar, Oud and percussions together with the Anita's dance and song will give a true retrospective journey through the mélange of styles which make up flamenco. 

A World Not Ours: Film preview plus Q + A with the Director Mahdi Fleifel at the Frontline Club on 7 February, 2014. Filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel spent his formative years in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh in Lebanon. Each time he went back to the camp for his summer holidays he kept video diaries. As an adult he returns, challenging his teenage belief that ‘going to Ain el-Helweh is better than going to Disney Land’. A World Not Ours is an intimate, and often humorous, portrait of three generations of exile, based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage. 

Blurred Borders, The Spill-Over Risks of the Syrian Conflict: Discussion over civil war and the dangers it holds for neighbouring states. Almost three years into the political and humanitarian crisis in Syria, panel will discuss the challenges posed for peace and stablitily in the region and what can be done to prevent the crisis from stoking existing tensions in countries such as Lebanon. Organised by International Alert at the Frontline Club on 6 February, 2014, panel will include Julien Barnes-Dacey (European Council on Foreign Relations), Victoria Stamadianou (International Alert), Nadim Shehadi (Chatham House) and Chaired by Dan Smith (International Alert).

Attab Haddad Quintet:  With his top-flight ensemble, Oud virtuoso Attab Haddad blends Andalusian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern sounds with contemporary jazz approaches to create story-like compositions with the breadth of the Sahara and the intricacy of the Alhambra Palace. Founded in 2008, the Quintet has been very well received and appeared live on BBC Radio as well as playing at some of London’s finest venues including Cadogan Hall and The Forge. They have performed at The London Jazz Festival in both 2011 and 2012. This concert will take place on 6 February, 2014 at The Forge.


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.