Greetings to everyone and I hope November sees you well. We are still at the height of the Arts season in London and there is plenty of activity taking place with something suited to everyone, from exhibitions to music, films, festivals and much more.
Below are just some highlights I have picked out for you, reflecting just how varied the cultural programme is in our beloved London town.
Film Africa - 2-11 November at Various London Venues
The annual film festival celebrates the best of African cinema from across the continent and diaspora. Hosted by the Royal African Society and established in 2011, every year Film Africa brings to diverse London audiences a high quality and wide-ranging film programme accompanied by a series of events, including: director Q+As, talks, workshops, master classes, school screenings and family activities. The festival this year includes films from Tunisia ('The Man Behind the Microphone' and 'Black Mamba'), Egypt ('Red Velvet' and 'Amal') and Sudan ('Akasha').
The EFG London Jazz Festival - 16-25 November at Various London Venues
The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital's biggest pan-city music festival which has long been acclaimed for showcasing a heady mix of talent from around the world. Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the Festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience, in one of UK's landmark music events. There are at least four concerts bringing MENA-connected musical talent that you can look out for in the guide in the link below: The Egyptian Jazz Projekt (16 November at Rich MIx), Faraj Suleiman Quartet (21 November at Kings Place), Yara Lapidus & Amira Kheir (23 November at Rich Mix) and Layale Chaker & Sarafand Ensemble (25 November at Rich Mix).
The London Palestine Film Festival - 16-28 November at Various London Venues
The London Palestine Film Festival returns to showcase both highly established filmmakers and fresh, emerging talent and to encourage dialogue regarding Palestine’s film industry, culture and politics. Creating a stimulating platform and bringing together filmmakers, scholars and the public, the twelve days see an extensive programme that includes feature and short films, Q+As with directors, panel discussions as well as a Masterclass and a book launch.
For more: https://www.palestinefilm.org.uk/
Room to Breathe -1 November-Summer 2019 At The Migration Museum
Room to Breathe is an immersive experience inviting one to discover stories from generations of new arrivals to Britain. One can journey through a series of rooms filled with personal narratives and objects that bring to life the struggles, joys, creativity and resilience of living in a new land. You can also explore the rooms to sleep, eat, create, meet and make the rooms your own. You are even invited to open the drawers, look through cupboards, settle into an armchair and contribute your story or make connections to the past and present!
Organised in collaboration with migrant artists, the first in residence will be the Syrian Dima Karout who has been invited to use the space as her art studio and host workshops. Running alongside the exhibition will also be a programme of related events and activities, from cookery classes to flash performances, storytelling evenings to art and craft workshops.
My Curious Inbox - The Listing of MENA-Inspired Events In London
As always, I refer you to the full listing of events that are in some way or other connected to the Arab world and its diaspora communities.
Do make sure to scroll down for two pages so as not to miss out on anything.
For more: http://www.nahlaink.com/curious-inbox
Lastly, if you wish to be in the super know of the latest of Arab-London creative news, you can also follow me on Twitter @NahlaInk.
Best wishes to all!
Freelance Journalist + Blogger
London, October 2018
Images: With kind permission work of Mo Negm, Nahla Ink Artist of the Month.
For more on Mo Negm: Instagram @mostarart and website www.mostarart.com