Arab British Centre

Festive Card Workshop with Joumana Medlej

Festive Card Workshop with Joumana Medlej: An informal workshop with calligraphy artist Joumana Medjel, this is a fun opportunity to make your own greeting cards for the festive season. Blank cards, envelopes, textured and coloured paper will be provided, as well as calligraphic words written on site by the Arab British Centre's calligraphy tutor Medlej. You will cut, assemble and paste to make your own highly personal cards and have the chance to show off your creative talent to your loved ones.

SAFAR 2016: The Film Festival Solely Dedicated to Contemporary Arab Cinema

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.

Parallel Orientalism, Fatima Abbadi

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.

July Is A Bumper Crop! The Shubbak Festival 2015 + The Melting Pots + The 'Diaspora' Art Project

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.

UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture 2015

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

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 (ABC)

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.