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.
Arab British Centre
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.
Oud Instrument Course with Taqasim Music School, at The Arab British Centre (ABC): Learn to play the Oud instrument and acquire a beginner's knowledge of the fundamental techniques and characteristics of the Magam music system. From 11 January-15 March, 2014, course will be held on Saturday afternoons at the Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE. Note: The Taqasim Music School launched in March 2011 to provide education on Middle Eastern music culture, under the direction of Iraqi Oud Master Ahmed Mukhtar.
Arabic Language Courses, at The Arab British Centre (ABC): Learn to read, write and speak Arabic from January-March 2014. From Levels 1-3 MSA with a choice of Lunchtime, Evening or Saturday classes led by Ibrahim Othman, who has several years' experience of teaching Arabic both in his native Syria and the UK. All courses will be held at the ABC at 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE.
A Festive Souk, at the Arab British Centre (ABC): Offering the British public an opportunity to purchase a wide array of artisanal products from the Arab world, including screen-prints, jewellery made of olive-wood, fine textiles and delicious Palestinian foodstuffs. From 5-7 December, at different times, at the ABC, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE.
Out of Arabia, Landscapes Throughout The Arabian Peninsula: Exhibition at the Arab British Centre (ABC), bringing together nine artists (from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the USA) whose work was part of a competition organised by the British Council in Saudi Arabia that explores the idea of what constitutes landscape throughout the Arabian Peninsula.
Naturally, a person’s identity is influenced by his faith and the background politics that undoubtedly clouds his works, opinions and vision; but, it is a fact that the notion and concept of the Arab to the rest of the world has in more recent times lost this differentiation. Due to this confusion, the Arab has sadly lost much of his artistic and intellectual credibility that does not exclusively depend on his religion or politics.