July Is A Bumper Crop! The Shubbak Festival 2015 + The Melting Pots + The 'Diaspora' Art Project

Dear Readers


This July can only be described as a bumper crop of Arab-London events with so much taking place that you’ll need a bit of time cross-checking your diary dates for what is on offer and so as not to double-book your good selves!

The Shubbak Festival – The 30+ Free Events!

Firstly, the patient waiting for the Shubbak Festival will be rewarded as it officially launches this Saturday. The 60+ scheduled events will be showcasing the very best of contemporary Arab arts and culture across London's iconic museums, galleries and other landmark buildings and locations.

Altogether 130 artists from across the globe will have the artistic spaces of our capital city that will offer them the opportunity to perform, to dance, to act, to sing, to read, to talk, to create installations and even to spontaneously paint graffiti with an Arabic calligraphic edge!

The comprehensive programme itself can be found online and truly there is more than ‘something’ for everyone, including family days and activities for children. The even better news is that there are 30+ events that will be free to attend and I have listed them in my coverage.

For more: www.nahlaink.com/london/shubbak-festival-2015-%E2%80%93-30-free-events

The Melting Pots – Libyan Art Exhibition

Secondly, this month sees the launch of a rare exhibition that will bring a mix of artwork from Libyan artists as they consider the open concept of a city in relation to Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya. It will present the subjective views and interpretations of each artist as he or she depicts a deep relationship with either one of these two ancient metropolises.

With colourful paintings, intelligent photography and questioning installation art, every piece is a form of creative contemplation upon the history, the present and the future of these sister capitals as well as the realization that neither one can be easily defined.​ This will be taking place from 14-23 July at the Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE. 

For more: www.arabbritishcentre.org.uk/event/melting-pots-exhibition-noon-arts/

The 'Diaspora' Project – Call For Submissions

Other than this, I have a message from the creator of the ‘Diaspora: Art, Identity and the Arab Diaspora’ Project, seeking interest and potential contributions for this newly emerging online platform:

I am working on an arts project and am looking for contemporary artists of the Arab diaspora. I am particularly interested in those whose work is influenced by the exploration of identity and their unique personal journey of discovering or questioning their cultural roots. If you are interested and would like to find out more please email me at [email protected].”

For more information: www.diaspora.me.uk.

My Curious Inbox

Last but not least, do check my Curious Inbox for an up-to-date listing of Arab-London events as they keep coming up. If there is anything you would like to add to this, please do not hesitate to contact me with the relevant information of event, dates, venue and web link.

For more: www.nahlaink.com/curious-inbox.

Best wishes to all!

Nahla Al-Ageli

Freelance Journalist

London, July 2015