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Below are entries of current Arab-British related events taking place in London that you might wish to attend, festivals and exhibitions that are happening and other entries I receive in my Nahla Ink Inbox. Please contact me if you would like to be listed.

I AM (Exhibition): Organised by Caravan, the 'I AM' is a strategic peace-building exhibition that premiered in Amman, Jordan under the patronage of HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah. Involving 31 Middle East contemporary women artists, it visually celebrates the rich, diverse and crucial contributions that women from the region make to the enduring global quest for harmony and peace as well as to challenge the existing stereotypes and misconceptions about Middle Eastern women. It will showcase insights and experiences as the artists confront issues of culture, religion and social reality in a rapidly changing world and to be an acknowledgement of how they continue to creatively evolve new narratives that uphold their rich heritage while embracing a future full of challenges. I AM also aims to be a catalyst for a variety of events around the exhibition theme that will include panel discussions, music, films and literary readings. Taking place from 3 July-20 August, 2017 at St. Martin in the Field’s on Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DX.

Alsarah & The Nubatones: Alsarah & The Nubatones came together out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that Soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. Inspired by the pentatonic scale they blend a selection of Nubian 'songs of return' from the 1970 till today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan. Their set is a musical journey through diaspora and migration from an urban lens. Presented by MARSM and the Jazz Cafe, taking place on 27 July, 2017 at the Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway,Camden, London NW1 7PG.

Naguib Mahfouz (Between Fiction And History): Exploring the legacy of the Nobel Prize Laureate on the occasion of the launch of 'Essays of the Sadat Era (1976-81)' Vol.II of Mahfouz's non-fiction essays. Presented by Gingko Library, the event will consider the author's work in general and the relationship between his creative works and the more public journalistic output, featuring guest speaker Professor Samia Mehrez (Professor of Arab and Islamic Civilizations from the American University in Cairo). The book itself is a collection of essays that cover a presidency that comprised of some of the most dramatic events in Egyptian history: from Sadat’s 'Corrective Revolution' to the Yom Kippur War with Israel and the eventual peace accord between the two countries, as well as his eventual assassination by Islamic extremists in 1981. Taking place on 27 July, 2017 SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG.

'Goodbye Aleppo' Screening Q+A: A BBC Arabic documentary film about a team of four young citizen journalists who film themselves and each other as the battle for Aleppo rages around them in December 2016. They show what daily life is like in the last days of East Aleppo as the Syrian Army, the Russians, Iran, and Iran-backed militias in December 2016 gradually take the city from opposition fighters. The team film in extremely dangerous and life-threatening situations, trapped, bombarded, and encircled with the civilians under siege in East Aleppo. ‘Goodbye Aleppo‘ is a dramatic, emotional, gripping, thoughtful, and unique film that tells the story of the fall of East Aleppo as it has never been seen before, through the personal stories and insights of these four young men. To be followed by a Q+A with the documentary filmmakers, the screening will take place on 26 July, 2017 at the Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London, W2 1QJ.

The Scar Test (Theatre): The latest from award-winning Palestinian-Irish playwright Hannah Khalil, this is a strong piece of theatre based on verbatim interviews that explore life inside Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre, a place in which those seeking safe haven are thrown into a dark world under lock and key where their lives are regulated, privacy is non-existent and where every detainee has a story to tell. With this, Khalil aims to alert audiences to the horrors of the immigration system and how the females held there are strong and inspiring human beings who deserve better than indefinite detention. Taking place with some scheduled post-show discussions from 5-22 July, 2017 at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE.

An Introduction (Exhibition): Organised by the Variant Space art collective, this exhibition will showcase the melting pot of Muslim women and highlight that even if they look the same or dress the same, even if they are from the same country and from similar backgrounds, each Muslim woman is a unique individual with a distinctive story to tell. The exhibition touches upon issues that are important to the artists and some topics which are often sensitive or taboo but fundamental to guiding contemporary debates about Islam and Muslim women as well as providing the public with a broader lens through which to perceive the same. With 13 female Muslim artists taking part, the show will be on 8 June-21 July, 2017 at The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR.

Shubbak Festival 2017: A key event in the arts calendar of the UK and the Arab world, the Shubbak Festival returns to London for it fourth biennial edition. It brings a wide, diverse, exciting and thought-provoking programme to celebrate the extraordinary skills of artists who are looking imaginatively to the future, whilst reflecting on the fragility, resilience and challenges in times of crisis. Having grown indirectly out of the 'Arab Spring' in 2011, it now engages with the turbulent legacy of that period to bring to audiences the hopes, ambitions and aspirations of artists and performers from across the entire region. This year it showcases art, music, theatre, film, literature, debates, dance and spoken word and includes over 150 artists originating from 14 Arab countries with over 80 events scheduled to take place 1-16 July, 2017 at various London arts venues and locations.

Mashrou' Leila: The five-strong indie band based in Beirut and led by Hamed Sinno will be performing as part of the Summer Series at Somerset House. Born out of a late night and early morning jam session at the American University of Beirut, Mashrou' Leila - whose name roughly translates to 'overnight project' - are set to fill the courtyard at Somerset House with their bitter-sweet ballads and raucous anthems. Their rousing, sensual electro-pop anthems about political freedoms, LGBT rights, race, religion and modern Arabic identity have challenged the status quo of the Middle Eastern pop industry and won them fans worldwide. They were also the first Middle Eastern artists on the cover of Rolling Stone. Taking place on 15 July, 2017 at Somerset House, South Building, Strand, London WC2R 1LA​.

Nadine Khouri & The Kindling: Nadine Khouri is a British-Lebanese musician and songwriter currently based in London. Influenced by dream-pop, film soundtracks and spoken-word, her sound has been described as a 'music born of perennial outsider-status'. Recorded live with producer John Parish at the Toybox Studios in his hometown Bristol, her new album ‘The Salted Air’ is a haunting and atmospheric collection of poetic meditations on loss and transformation. The Kindling are Guy Weir (vox, guitars, keys) Tomas Garcia (drums, keys) and Ben Ramster (bass). Known for their widescreen songs, fireside percussion, ghostly harmonies, and TV static dreams, they make achingly beautiful minimal music. Taking place on 12 July, 2017 at the Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB.

Dar Al Sulh (Domain of Conciliation): Dar Al Sulh is a unique supper club by the artist Michael Rakowitz, in collaboration with Regine Basha and Dr Ella Habiba Shohat to be hosted by the Mosaic Rooms. Set in the garden, guests can enjoy an al-fresco three-course meal featuring the artist Michael Rakowitz’s Iraqi-Jewish grandmother’s recipes. Using ingredients, combinations of flavours, and tableware specific to a population that are no longer served in Iraq today, these dishes reflect a period when 'Jews were once Arabs too.' In between each course Michael Rakowitz, Regine Basha and Dr. Ella Habiba Shohat will offer personal reflections, toasts and interventions. Basha’s 'Tuning Baghdad' project, which presents archival music from Iraqi Jewish musicians from the period, will feature throughout the evening too. Taking place 6-8 July, 2017 at the Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW​.


Below are entries of current Arab-British related events taking place in London that you might wish to attend, festivals and exhibitions that are happening and other entries I receive in my Nahla Ink Inbox. Please contact me if you would like to be listed.