A big goodbye to the Shubbak Festival 2015 that lit up London's iconic arts and culture venues and offered so much MENA-inspired events in our home town. It was a feast that entertained, engaged, challenged and made us all celebrate being an Arab against much of the otherwise negative influences impacting on our region.
It is indeed a revolutionary call in itself to embrace the creative energies that are truly buzzing throughout our part of the world and that seek ideal spaces for expression. This year's festival offered and proved all that. I will miss Shubbak.
On the other hand, London never stops in seeking further MENA-inspired artistic projects and events. A look through My Curious Inbox shows that the exhibitions shall continue, the music will still be performed and danced to, the films are aplenty to watch and even a bit of comedy is available on the side.
For more: www.nahlaink.com/curious-inbox.
The 'Diaspora' Project - Call for Submissions
I would also like to bring your attention to a new project that is seeking stories and submissions from the great Arab diaspora. The message I have from the creator of the 'Diaspora: Art, Identity and the Arab Diaspora' project:
"An independent arts project is looking for artists living in the diaspora to contribute to its inaugural exhibition. The show will go on display in London towards the end of 2016. It will be composed of personal narratives of 'identity' which ordinary contemporary Arabs living around the world relate to with an emphasis on the variety of life experiences.
"We hope that you will be inspired to send proposals - comprising a brief description of your work and the story behind it. Interviews can then be conducted in person, via Skype or by email. If you are interested and would like to find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org."
For more information: www.diaspora.me.uk.
Best wishes to all!
London, August 2015