• LIbyan Marilyn - Alla Abudabbus - 'Pop Art from North Africa' - P21 Gallery - 22 Sept-4 November 2017

Nahla's Editorial Note

Summer being well and truly over, the good news is that September indicates the restart in earnest of artistic and cultural activity with exhibitions, music, dance, films and festivals ready to launch and offer creative reprieve for all. Having updated My Curious Inbox with all the MENA-inspired London-based events, I can tell you that there are already 20 fantastic entries coming up this month and looking forward into October and November. 

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