My answer is that the arts and any peaceful cultural activity have a very important and necessary duty to perform. By providing a different narrative to all the bad around us, they offer a safe space to contemplate the dramas playing out on the streets of our home countries and in the West, without the risk of turning to violence and without provoking more resentment.
The Nour Festival of Arts 2015: The wonderful and unmissable Nour Festival returns this year, to continue to illuminate and shine a light on the contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, it will showcase films, music, literature, poetry, performance, visual arts and so much more.
Nour Festival: Contemporary art, design, film, music and literature from the Middle East and North Africa, will be running from 1 October-30 November 2013 at more than 20 venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Not to be missed! There will be a mix of exhibitions (6), films (16), talks (15), workshops (8), food (3), music, performance (14) and other special events (4).
The annual award, in its eleventh year running, credits the efforts of those who promote Arab cultural dialogue and the revitalization of Arab culture in a global context. The winners are selected by the Director General of UNESCO on the recommendations of an international jury of experts of international repute in the field of Arab culture.