'Retracing A Disappearing Landscape' Multidisciplinary Exhibition - P21 Gallery - 30 March- 15 May 2018
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.
Arabs Are Not Funny: The popular comedy show curated by Arts Canteen is back with a great line-up of comedians representing the Arab world and surrounding regions. With the acts in English, this edition's main act is the Somalian born Prince Abdi who is a British stand-up, actor, writer and a regular on the UK comedy circuit. His versatile story telling style made him the perfect choice to support Reginald D Hunter, Stephen K Amos and Dave Chappelle on their national tours. He has also performed alongside fellow comedians Chris Rock and Louis CK and in many countries overseas including the USA, Canada, Turkey, Holland, South Africa, Emirates, France and Kenya. He will be joined by others on 24 November, 2017 at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP.
The Palestine Book Awards 2017 (Prelaunch Event): An evening that will bring together authors whose works have been shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards 2017. Offering the opportunity to discuss with each of them their books, inspiration and with a chance to network. Confirmed attendees are: Ibtisam Barakat, Björn Brenner, Ella Shohat, Ilan Pappé, Samia Halaby, Laila Parsons, Petter Bauck and Mohammed Omer. To be chaired by Professor Eugene Rogan (Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony's College, Oxford) and Dr Dina Matar (Centre for Global Media and Communications at SOAS, University of London). All shortlisted books will be on sale during the evening. Taking place on 23 November, 2017 at P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD.
Maya Youssef Album Launch: Combining extraordinary talent and dexterity, Maya Youssef crafts an innovative approach to playing the qanun, the traditional Syrian 78 stringed plucked zither famed for its penetrating and illustrious sound. For this artist, playing the instrument is a life and hope-affirming act that provides a space where harm and pain are not only hindered, but reversed. Launching her first album titled 'Syrian Dreams', it has been produced by Jerry Boys (the Grammy-winning engineer of the Buena Vista Social Club series) and overseen by renowned record producer Joe Boyd, to reveal a work of musical ingenuity, agility and finesse. Youssef will be supported by Basel Saleh of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, who is a renowned Syrian oud player, conductor and choir leader. Taking place on 20 November, 2017 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
Listen (Film): Despite living in a doomed country that hangs by a thread, Joud, a handsome sound engineer meets and falls in love with strong and free-spirited Rana. The young lovers, from completely different social and religious backgrounds, are drawn closer to each other, but a drastic turn of events gets between them and Rana suddenly slips away. As her parents forbid Joud from seeing her, the young man determined to see her again, finds new means of communicating with her by convincing Marwa, her sister, to download his voice messages and secretly play them to Rana. A story about love, loyalty and temptation, it also deals with the emancipation of women in the Middle East and being a unique journey through sound. To be followed by a Q+A with director Philippe Aractingi, taking place on 16 November, 2017 at the Vue Piccadilly, 19 Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR.
Ahmed Alsoudani Exhibition: A solo show for the Iraqi artist Ahmed Alsoudani, it brings together a new body of work executed in acrylic, charcoal and pencil-on-canvas, which present surreal and often discomforting scenes accentuated by chaos. Marking a departure from previous series, the works are noticeably cooler in tone. Whereas earlier pieces reveal his grim subject matter in discordantly bright colors, here Alsoudani no longer subverts the bleakness of his inspiration. His expressionistic mark-making in colored pencil detail the artist’s hand across his canvases and lend an intimate impression with paint drips and blots a recurring motif. Intercepting the composition with this painterly mark-making, he adds further complication to his disordered scenes, while highlighting the role of the human hand in the creation of violence. Taking place 28 September-11 November, 2017 at the Marlborough Contemporary Gallery, 6 Albemarle Street London W1S 4BY.