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Art amid the din of war: Ancient and contemporary music from the Iranian world and beyond
May10

Art amid the din of war: Ancient and contemporary music from the Iranian world and beyond

A welcome earful of rare traditional and contemporary music from the Iranian world is offered in a London event that brings together European and Middle Eastern artists and enthusiasts performing in a fusion of eastern and western traditions, writes Sajid Rizvi. Golazin Ardestani, an internationally renowned musicologist, vocalist and actor [actress, to be more precise, for those who don’t know her yet or can’t tell her...

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Arabic fiction award goes to—a Briton
Apr27

Arabic fiction award goes to—a Briton

As art prizes go, the International Prize for Arabic Fiction is no ordinary trinket. It comes with $50,000 cash plus an unusual guarantee that the winning book will not just be rewarded but also be translated and published in English for a start, with translations in other languages no doubt to follow. This week (26 April 2016) IPAF’s 2016 edition was won by Rabai Al-Madhoun, a Londoner and a Briton via Palestine, for his novel,...

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BBC Arabic Festival calls for entries
Mar09

BBC Arabic Festival calls for entries

BBC Arabic will host its second annual festival bringing films and documentaries from the Arab world to audiences in London after last year’s “successful” event. The BBC Arabic Festival is accepting entries (deadline: 13 May 2015) in four categories; short films, short documentaries, feature documentaries, reportage). This year’s theme, Rulers and Ruled: Power in a Changing Arab World, will explore the struggles for...

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Nour Festival reveals an enriching programme of art and cuisine
Oct21

Nour Festival reveals an enriching programme of art and cuisine

The annual Nour Festival in London’s cosmopolitan Chelsea and Kensington neighbourhoods launches its fifth cycle this week with an expanded cultural programme focused on contemporary Middle Easter and North Africa (MENA) and its varied British and European connections. Spread across numerous venues in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, home to citizens and residents of great cultural diversity, the six-week festival...

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Art in situ inspired by Mosaic Rooms
Oct11

Art in situ inspired by Mosaic Rooms

Tunisian Russian artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke features in a solo show at Mosaic Rooms 10 October – 29 November 2014. The Future Rewound & The Cabinet of Souls is her first individual exhibition in Britain. The exhibition features three new specially commissioned site-specific installations, alongside previously unseen and recent work, in the artist’s most extensive solo exhibition to date. The exhibition is formed in two parts,...

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Up close and painful: BBC festival spotlights Arab political documentary
Sep23

Up close and painful: BBC festival spotlights Arab political documentary

BBC Arabic and the British Council are launching Aan Korb Film and Documentary Festival: Close Up Stories from the New Arab World with screenings, talks, debates and workshops over four days at BBC Broadcasting House Radio Theatre, London, 31 October – 3 November 2014. Aan Korb (Arabic: close-up) promises “an unprecedented platform” in London to a generation that experienced events and in many cases risked their lives...

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