It has been a great privilege for me to preview six of the nine films that will be screened this month as part of the SAFAR 2016 Film Festival. Now in its third edition and hosted biennially by the Arab British Centre (ABC) in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), SAFAR will offer everyone – Arab and non-Arab alike as the films are all subtitled in English - the chance to see some excellent contemporary MENA films recently produced despite the many logistical obstacles faced there.
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The Arab British Centre (ABC) Kickstarter Campaign - The SAFAR Film Festival 2016
Parallel Orientalism, Fatima Abbadi: A photographic exhibition by renowned Italian-Jordanian-Palestinian artist Fatima Abbadi, whose work locates itself right at the core of the complex issue of how to represent 'the Orient'. Abbadi's artistic production skillfully and powerfully produces an image and the imaginary of the Orient that speaks back to the stigmas without falling into, but rather taking distance, from the genre.
The Shubbak Festival – The 30+ Free Events!
Firstly, the patient waiting for the Shubbak Festival will be rewarded as it officially launches this Saturday. The 60+ scheduled events will be showcasing the very best of contemporary Arab arts and culture across London's iconic museums, galleries and other landmark buildings and locations.
The Melting Pots, Libyan Art Exhibition: A group exhibition curated by Noon-Arts, bringing a mix of artwork from Libyan artists as they consider the open concept of a city in relation to Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya.
The UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture 2015: Established in 1998 and funded by the government of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), this prestigious award is now calling for applications, be they individuals, groups or institutions. Each year since 2001 two winners are selected on the basis that they have helped – through their work and their outstanding achievements – to disseminate a better understanding of Arab art and culture.
ABC Arabic Language Courses: Now taking applicants, the Arab British Centre (ABC) offers Arabic language courses taught by Ibrahim Othman who has several years’ experience of teaching Arabic at a variety of levels, both in his native Syria and in the UK. The classes are based on Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) at Levels 1 and 2, from absolute beginners to more advanced grammar and conversation. There are places left for the January-March 2015 sessions and all will be held at the ABC premises, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE.
Oud Courses (Arab British Centre): Presented by the Arab British Centre (ABC) and Taqasim Music School. Under the direction of Iraqi Oud Master Ahmed Mukhtar, both theory and instrumental courses are taught by professional musicians on a regular basis. The aim is to provide affordable access to the music heritage of the Middle-East and promoting dialogue between music cultures. Beginners and Intermediate levels from 13 September-15 November, 2014.
Arab British Centre (ABC) Cultural Bonanza: The ABC is hosting an evening of culture to fundraise for its work as an award-winning independent charity promoting Arab arts and culture to the British public. For one night only, they will be showcasing the artworks of of some of the incredible talent they have worked with over the years with sales of prints and other goods, as well as the opportunity to mix with the ABC staff and trustees. Event taking place on 29 May, 2014 at the ABC premises in Gough Square, EC4A 3DE.
Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, London: The Arab British Centre (ABC) will be holding an exhibition and events from 20-28 March, 2014 to celebrate the Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project. One of the co-founders of this movement, Beau Beausoleil, will also take part in panels and roundtable discussions at the ABC.