ARAB ABOUT LONDON

11oct(oct 11)19:3025jan(jan 25)21:30A Museum In Baghdad: By Hannah Khalil(october 11) 19:30 - (january 25) 21:30

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A Story of Treasured History, Desperate Choices and the Remarkable Gertrude Bell

This new play explores what it means to try and create a nation – and why a country’s treasures matter when people are dying.

In 1926, the nation of Iraq is in its infancy, and British archaeologist Gertrude Bell is founding a museum in Baghdad. In 2006, Ghalia Hussein is attempting to reopen the museum after looting during the war.

Decades apart, these two women share the same goals: to create a fresh sense of unity and nationhood, to make the world anew through the museum and its treasures. But in such unstable times, questions remain. Who is the museum for? Whose culture are we preserving? And why does it matter when people are dying?

Time

October 11 (Friday) 19:30 - January 25 (Saturday) 21:30

Location

Swan Theatre

Swan Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BB

17oct(oct 17)10:0026jan(jan 26)17:30Inspired By The East: How The Islamic World Influenced Western Art(october 17) 10:00 - (january 26) 17:30

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Charting the fascinating history of cultural and artistic interactions between East and West, this exhibition explores the impact the Islamic world has had on Western art for centuries.

Artistic exchange between East and West has a long and intertwined history, and the exhibition picks these stories up from the 15th century, following cultural interactions that can still be felt today. Objects from Europe, North America, the Middle East and North Africa highlight a centuries-old tradition of influence and exchange from East to West. The diverse selection of objects includes ceramics, photography, glass, jewellery and clothing, as well as contemporary art, showcasing how artistic exchange influenced a variety of visual and decorative arts.

The exhibition concludes with a 21st-century perspective, through the eyes of four female artists from the Middle East and North Africa who continue to question and subvert the idea of Orientalism in their work and explore the subject of Muslim female identity.

The show takes a deeper look at the art movement of ‘Orientalism’ – specifically the way in which North Africa and the Middle East were represented as lands of beauty and intrigue, especially in European and North American art. Often blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, Orientalist art reached its heyday in the mid-1800s, as Europeans and North Americans were looking overseas to fundamentally learn more about other cultures, but its popularity had faded by the 1940s with the decline of the British Empire.

Conceived and developed in collaboration with the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, ‘Inspired by the East: How the Islamic world influenced Western art’ includes generous loans from their extensive collection of Islamic and Orientalist art. The exhibition and collaboration highlight centuries of cultural exchange between East and West and its continuing importance today.

It will go on display at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, from 20 June to 20 October 2020.

Time

October 17 (Thursday) 10:00 - January 26 (Sunday) 17:30

Location

The British Museum

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

08nov(nov 8)11:0015feb(feb 15)18:00London's Theatre Of The East: Exhibition(november 8) 11:00 - (february 15) 18:00

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The Arab British Centre and Dr Johnson’s House, neighbouring organisations based in Gough Square in the City of London, are delighted to announce the launch of their collaborative project ‘London’s Theatre of the East’. The project invites artists, researchers and the public to (re)examine the historical connections of the Middle East and North Africa and London, via the lens of Dr Johnson’s 1749 play, ‘Irene’, set during the fall of Constantinople.

Four artists, designers and writers – Nour Hage, Hannah Khalil, Lena Naassana and Saeida Rouass – have been commissioned to respond to the historical context and content of the play, with the support of academic advisors including Dr Jerry Brotton, author of ‘This Orient Isle’. The artists examined the period and influential encounters between London and the region from the 16th century onward, when Queen Elizabeth I first started trading with Muslim nations. Their responses will be showcased in an exhibit at Doctor Johnson’s House which will be accompanied by a series of public activities including performances and workshops.

Visit Dr Johnson’s House from 8 November 2019 to 15 February 2020 to explore the largely hidden histories of trade and migration, their impact on society and culture, and the subsequent ripples into the present day.

Time

November 8 (Friday) 11:00 - February 15 (Saturday) 18:00

Location

Dr Johnson's House

Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE

20nov(nov 20)16:0025jan(jan 25)19:00Tolerance: By Patrick Altes(november 20) 16:00 - (january 25) 19:00

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‘Tolerance’ by Patrick Altes confronts negative cultural stereotypes and advocates for tolerance and respect in times of angst, division and separatism.
Born in colonised Algeria and having lived in many countries – including South Africa under apartheid – before settling in Britain in 2006, international artist Patrick Altes’s work is deeply informed by his own personal history and the diasporic experiences that have both defined his identity and fuelled his artistic exploration.
Altes has created several installation pieces for this exhibition, together with new digital collages, posters and paintings, often involving the layering process that has become a hallmark of his work.
A leading light in the emerging Franco-Algerian art movement, Altes’s first-hand experience of unjust, brutal and discriminatory societies fuelled a sense for the politically, socially and humanly acceptable which has become a thematic concern visible in all his creative work. With perilous journeys depositing migrants on European – and now, British – shores, Altes turns his attention to the harrowing circumstances that increasingly accompany migration and resettlement.
The exhibition curated by Middle Eastern Art specialist Janet Rady and supported by the Arts Council will encompass outreach and public engagement activities. These activities will encourage pupils, students and participating members of the public to reflect on our values and ideas– bringing concepts such as the rule of law, diversity, democracy and individual liberty into the conversation.

Time

November 20 (Wednesday) 16:00 - January 25 (Saturday) 19:00

Location

Gerald Moore Gallery

Gerald Moore Gallery, Mottingham Lane, London, SE9 4RW

20jan19:0021:3021 Miles Film Screening19:00 - 21:30

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From Director Richard Parry (‘Shooting Robert King’, ‘BASE’) this newly-released feature documentary tells the story of a father’s epic struggle to reach his son in the UK.

Kais, a 30-year old Tunisian arrives in France’s notorious Calais Jungle with nothing more than the shirt on his back. Over sixteen months, the film charts his mounting struggles with human traffickers, violent gangs, poverty, mass eviction and arrest as he tries to leave the makeshift camp and cross the 21 miles of English Channel to the UK.

The film also captures the rising tensions in the camp and the mass eviction of its ten thousand migrants.

Executive produced by Coldplay’s manager Dave Holmes and creative director Phil Harvey, the film features music from Coldplay’s latest album, ‘Everyday Life’.

This special screening will be followed by a Director Q+A.

Time

(Monday) 19:00 - 21:30

Location

Frontline Club

Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

21jan18:3020:00Homeland Under My Nails - Exhibition Launch18:30 - 20:00

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Join Mohammad Omar Khalil and curator Abed Al Kadiri for the opening of ‘Homeland Under My Nails’ presenting selected prints by Khalil from 1964 to the present day. Khalil is one of the most significant artists of this generation from Sudan and the Arab World, this is the first UK solo exhibition of his work. The exhibition presents rare early works by Khalil and explores the stylistic experimentation and international sensibility of the artist who trained in Sudan and Italy and has lived in New York (USA) and Asilah (Morocco) since the early 1970s.

Mohammad Omar Khalil will be present for the opening and will later give an artist’s talk in conversation with Maya Jaggi as part of the event series that accompanies the exhibition.

Time

(Tuesday) 18:30 - 20:00

Location

The Mosaic Rooms

Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW

24jan(jan 24)23:0025(jan 25)04:00Hishek Bishek 17: Bass & Beats From The Middle East23:00 - 04:00 (25)

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Paying homage to the Middle East’s popular music history, Hishek Bishek is a pulsing club night dedicated to the region’s vibrant sonic (sub)cultures. From chart-topping Iraqi and Lebanese dance floor hits, Palestinian electronic dabke, the newest releases from Cairo’s underground and nostalgic synthed-out 90’s classics, Hishek Bishek has become a vibrant staple in London’s late-night club scene.

Now in its 17th edition, Hishek Bishek UK has become a household name revelling in the sounds of darbuka, MENA beats, percussive rhythms and a musical soundtrack to have you dancing all night. Returning to East London to start off 2020 with a bang, this night will feature a double DJ headline bill of two of the Middle East’s finest party starters. As always, we say ‘Ahlan Wa Sahlan! to our regulars and warmly invite anyone curious enough to attend – welcome to the Arabic party you wish you knew about earlier.

On the decks:

SuperMike & DJ Rabih Jamal – Special edition as this power duo team up for a seamless musical journey across the Arab world including top of the chart Lebanese hits, Egyptian Mahraganat, Syrian Dabke, underground Rai, 90’s cheesy classics and alternative grooves.

18+ GOV ID mandatory
This event is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
Last entry 2am

Time

24 (Friday) 23:00 - 25 (Saturday) 04:00

Location

Electrowerkz

7 Torrens Street, EC1V 1NQ London, United Kingdom

25jan18:3023:00Hamza Namira18:30 - 23:00

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Described as the ‘new Sayed Darwish’, songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Hamza Namira has become one of the leading figures in Egypt and the Middle East’s music scene. A luminous expression of resilience and ambition, Namira uses his work to explore and engage with the wider social issues of today.

With his unique combination of Egyptian contemporary pop and traditional folk, rock and powerful ballads, he has sold out concerts in Alexandria, Cairo and London, while also performing internationally and across the Arab World. He released his fourth album ‘Hateer Min Tany’ in 2018, reaching over 150 million views on YouTube with ‘Dari, Ya Albi’. Since 2016 he has presented the TV programme ‘Remix’ on Alaraby TV where he collaborates and remixes songs with some of the Middle East’s most exciting acts.

Hamza’s Cairo-based ensemble of the finest instrumentalist will be flying to London for this special performance at Cadogan Hall, as they perform Hamza’s own pieces, as well as songs from his TV programme (Remix) which has found much success across the Arab world.

Time

(Saturday) 18:30 - 23:00

Location

Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

25jan19:0021:30Queens of Syria: Documentary Screening And DIrector Q+A With Yasmin Fedda19:00 - 21:30

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For 2020, Other Cinemas is delighted to be part of Brent’s Borough of Culture activities in a continued collaboration with Wembley Park. It will be organising a number of FREE film events including screenings, director Q+As and masterclasses.

The first event is this screening of ‘Queens of Syria’, to be followed by a Q+A with the director, Yasmin Fedda.

Queens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy all about the plight of women in war.

What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved and bereaved by the Trojan War.
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Fedda is an award-winning filmmaker and artist whose work has focused on themes from Edinburgh bakeries to Syrian monasteries, and from geek anarchism to forcible disappearance. Her films have been BAFTA-nominated and screened at numerous international festivals including Sundance & Edinburgh Film Festival, and some have screened at galleries. She occasionally makes broadcast films for the BBC and Al Jazeera English. Yasmin has held artist residencies at the Mothlight Micro Cinema, Detroit, and at British School at Rome, Italy.

Furthermore, Fedda has taught different aspects of film in various settings around the world including with: Syria Mobile Film Festival, British Council, Scottish Documentary Institute, Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts, Malta City of Culture, and TPD Vietnam, amongst others. She is also lecturer in Film Practice at Queen Mary University, is co-founder and programmer of Highlight Arts and is part of production company Black Leaf Films.

Time

(Saturday) 19:00 - 21:30

Location

The Yellow

The Yellow, 1 Humphry Repton Lane, Wembley HA9 0GL

26jan21:0023:59El Far3i at HootanannyFree Entry!21:00 - 23:59

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Rhythm Passport want to start 2020 at Hootananny with a bang, or better, with a first-rate musician. So, for the first Global Sunday of the year, they have invited the brilliant singer-songwriter who moves between Arabic folk and acoustic rap and brightens his lyrics with his heart-to-heart and outspoken perspective on the present.

Bringing the Palestinian but Jordan-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist (as well as co-founder of our beloved 47Soul) El Far3i, will perform on the last Sunday of January to present brand new and old tunes from his repertoire, accompanied by his guitar.

No better way to close one week and jump into a new one than by gathering plenty of inspiration, enjoying the notes played by an uplifting musician, and listening to his perceptive and sharp verses.

Time

(Sunday) 21:00 - 23:59

Location

Hootananny

Hootananny, Brixton 95, Effra Road, London SW2 1DF

29jan(jan 29)21:0002feb(feb 2)22:30The Murder of Kuchuk HanemHosted by Afkar Theatre21:00 - (february 2) 22:30

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Satire. Politics. Sex.

‘The Murder of Kuchuk Hanem’ explores the idea of the ‘Oriental’ woman: who she was. is and would like to be; how she has come to be seen and how she sees herself. It is a an exploration of a long taken-for-granted narrative that, through this unconventional farce of a play, we hope to finally challenge. Coming as part of the VAULT Festival.

The VAULT Festival is London and the UK’s biggest, boldest and wildest curated arts and entertainment festival, hosting hundreds of events each year across Waterloo.
In 2019, VAULT Festival showcased 428 different shows from more than 2,000 artists, featuring the best and most exciting theatre, comedy, cabaret, immersive experiences, late night parties and more. Over 79,000 audience members joined us underground for what was our biggest festival to date.

Time

January 29 (Wednesday) 21:00 - February 2 (Sunday) 22:30

Location

Vault Festival

Vault Festival, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN

30jan19:3023:00Sharmoofers (UK Debut)UK Debut19:30 - 23:00

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Making their anticipated UK debut, MARSM UK is proud to present Sharmoofers, the Middle East’s urban ear-worm music pioneers and legendary pop icons from Egypt’s vibrant alternative music scene.

Founded in 2012 by Ahmed Bahaa and Moe El-3rkan, the band has become known for their Middle East power fusion of upbeat tempos, Arabic reggae-ska infused pop and unique brand of comedic social commentary. Think of a mix of Barenaked Ladies’ humorous pop fused with Shaggy’s swagger and the unapologetic bounce of hip-hop. Adding in some touches of Latin mambo, biting saxophone lines and relentlessly catchy bass lines, Sharmoofers have created an unparalleled and unforgettable live performance.

The band’s London show takes place after their recent receipt of ‘Best International Band’ Award from the prestigious Boisdale Music Awards. Now how’s that for a British invasion!

This event is 16+
Scala is not wheelchair accessible

Time

(Thursday) 19:30 - 23:00

Location

Scala

Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NL