World Drama Continues, London’s Cultural Arab Heart Keeps Beating!

Dear Nahla Ink Readers

 

Reading through the MENA news just this last week of May 2014 was more of a serious challenge than usual, with quite significant events taking place that I just had to post a Journal Entry to be able digest the important bits - before this week will surely bring even more unpredictable drama to be played out on the world stage.

To read more on ‘World Drama: Are We Suffering From Selective News Amnesia?’: http://nahlaink.com/journal/world-drama-are-we-all-suffering-selective-n....

Whereas in London, though physically far from what is now a raging Arab Volcano, cultural events revolving around the Middle East are plenty, offering the opportunity for at least an artistic or intellectual digestion of what is going down in history as the most incredible chapter of our lives.

‘The Singing Stones’, Fundraising Campaign

June month kicks off with a worthy fund-raising campaign to save a proposed production of a triad of plays – titled ‘The Singing Stones’ - that explore the role of Arab women during times of Revolution. The theatre company Mama Quilla is calling on members of the London public to pledge their support to save this project.

To read more on ‘The Singing Stones’: Save THE Play About Arab Women During Revolution: http://www.nahlaink.com/london/%E2%80%98-singing-stones%E2%80%99-save-pl....

Musical Performance, Lena Chamamyan

I am also very happy that one of my favourite singers, the beautiful Syrian-Armenian Lena Chamamyan, is coming to London to perform at the Barbican on 13 June. Lena’s music is the most gorgeous blend of Arab song with oriental Jazz as well as Armenian and Western influences. This concert will see her present a new album and songs recently composed whilst living in Paris.

To book tickets: www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=16152

Films, BFI Discover Arab Cinema

The BFI Discover Arab Cinema, in association with the Zenith Foundation, will also continue with its year-long programme of inspiring contemporary and classic films from the Arab region with June 2014 devoted to Palestine and showing: Omar (directed by Hany Abu Assaad, 2013), When I Saw You (directed by Annemarie Jacir, 2012) Last Days in Jerusalem (directed by Tawfik Abu Wael, 2011), Divine Intervention (directed by Elia Suleiman, 2002).

To book tickets: http://www.zenithfoundation.com/film-festival/discover-arab-cinema-bfi/

More Events Listings, My Curious Inbox

Of course, there is always more happening in London regarding the Arab.

For a fuller listing, please check My Curious Inbox: www.nahlaink.com/curious-inbox.

Wishing you all a happy month of June!

Nahla Al-Ageli

Freelance Journalist

London 2014