SAFAR Film Festival 2016: Established by the Arab British Centre in 2012, the biennial film festival returns for its third installment to celebrate the achievements of Arab cinema and provide audiences the opportunity to access films rarely seen in the UK. Over five days at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA), this year's SAFAR will focus on contemporary Arab cinema; a testament to the unflinching vitality, versatility and creativity of Arab film culture and showcasing contemporary voices and the singular talents both from emerging filmmakers and master auteurs.
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Semper Idem - Forever Unchanged Art & Fashion Sale by Omar Joseph Nasser-Khoury: The Arab British Centre (ABC) will be hosting a unique sale event of art works by renowned Palestinian artist Omar Joseph Nasser-Khoury. This is a rare opportunity to acquire limited edition fine art prints, including works from collaborations with Tarek Moukaddem and Malcolm Crowthers, one off pieces including capes, shawls and totes, design byproducts-3d sketches and much more. This is also an occasion to meet with the artist and learn more about his artistic skills and techniques.
Festive Souk 2015: The Arab British Centre will hold its third and biggest edition to date of the Festive Souk, where artists and creatives from multi-disciplinary backgrounds will be showcasing their works inspired by the rich and diverse cultures of the Arab world. There will be a whole range of products available for purchase ranging from textiles, clothing, accessories, jewellery, crafts, ceramics, limited edition prints, literature and food.
Chew & Glue, Dialogue And Cohesion Amongst UK Iraqi Diaspora: Meryna in collaboration with the Arab British Centre (ABC) and Iraqi Body Count presents an evening performance which explores the idea of being British-Iraqi and whether or not there is a connection to help share the future of Iraq. The event is meant to create a fun, friendly and creative space for discussion, as well as being a call out to British-Iraqis living in the UK, inviting expressions of interest to pitch an idea or share a current project relevant to the theme.
Music And Poetry Night: The Arab British Centre (ABC) is hosting a special evening addressing the subject of: 'What does it mean to be an Arab, when you find yourself distant from an Arab land and the Arabic language?
BALMAL Library Open Evening: Banipal and the Arab British Centre (ABC) will present post-Shubbak a panel discussion with the publishers and literature promoters that were involved as well as offering the chance to browse through a wide display of works, including: the 29 entries for the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation 2015, books by all the Shubbak authors, the new Banipal 53 issue and the IPAF winners that are in English.
Taqasim Music School Open Day: At the Arab British Centre (ABC), the Taqasim Music School will run an open day to give prospective students the chance to discuss their musical interests with the teachers for courses beginning in May. Both theory and instrumental practices will be demonstrated, including an explanation of the teaching methods used, the nature of the courses and suitability of the student to the requested musical instrument. Attendees will have the chance to be assessed on their level and musical ability and you can also bring your instrument to have it asses
Optimism Ahead, Malika Sqalli: This will be the first solo exhibition in London for the artist Malika Sqalli, who is of Austrian-Moroccan descent. It will showcase her latest photographic works that explore her journey in life and grapple with the questions of home and identity whilst keeping an optimistic outlook. Hosted by Nadia Echiguer Gallery and taking place from 17-27 March, 2015, at the Arab British Centre premises, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE.
The Palestinian Olive Harvest: Hosted by Zaytoun, this photography exhibition offers a glimpse of the beauty of the Palestinian olive harvest.
ABC Oud Courses: Now taking applicants, the Arab British Centre (ABC) will run Oud courses with Taqasim Music School beginning in January 2015. The Taqasim Music School launched in March 2011 with the objective of providing education on Middle Eastern music culture. Under the direction of Iraqi Oud Master Ahmed Mukhtar, both theory and instrumental courses are taught by professionals with the aim to provide affordable access to the music heritage of the Middle-East and promoting dialogue between music cultures.