EVENT: The Cultural Scene: Summer
Shubbak Festival 1-16 July.
An impressive array of contemporary Arab arts, music, film, theatre and other cultural events hosted at a wide variety of venues across London. Tunisian born actress and singer, Norah Krief, premiers her personal, autobiographical work, Al Atlal, at the Institute Française Ciné Lumière on 4th July. A winner of the Molière award for Best Supporting Actress, it features a nostalgic look at the songs of famed Egyptian diva, Umm Kulthoum, an interpretation of Ibrahim Nagi's famous poem, and stories of what it is like to live in exile. Old Cairo is also the subject of a performance, Love and Revenge, by musician Wael Koudaih and video artist Randa Mirza at East London's edgy Rich Mix on the 14th. Clips from Egypt's golden age of film remind us of a bygone era when some of the Arab world's greatest talents brought drama, love, pathos and tragedy to the screen. The world-renowned British Library is holding panel discussions, readings, interviews and workshops on Inspirational Arab Literature on the weekend of the 15th and 16th. The full programme can be seen online here.
Palestine Expo 2017:
Generation Palestine, 8-9 July. In a year of fateful anniversaries for Palestinians everywhere, one of the biggest cultural events ever held on Palestine in Europe is taking place at London's prestigious Queen Elizabeth Centre in Westminster. Among the highlights set over five floors are interactive zones which use cutting-edge technology to create a virtual history tour of Palestine since 1948. Inspirational speakers drawn from the media and politics as well as academic workshops on subjects such as The Political Power of Music and Muslim and Jewish history in Europe accompany the "Knowledge Village," where children – and those who can still remember their "inner child" – can learn to dance the dabka, listen to stories, try on costumes or indulge in a series of playful arts and crafts. The live entertainment on Saturday evening features, among others, comedian Aamer Rahman, whose Fear of a Brown Planet has chalked up more than 2.5 million views on You Tube!
Cooling Off: Drinks in London.
Fancy a Rosewater Collins, Desert Lemonade, Sumac Martini or Pomegranate Bellini to cool off in the summer heat? Tabun Kitchen is featuring these and other cocktails at a special 2-for-one price, along with a free mini mezze to share. Perfect for meeting friends for drinks, or if you want to round off the workday in a cozy, yet modern, setting in Soho.
Kings College London is offering fast-track and intensive courses at its Modern Language Centre, ranging from one to three weeks at various dates in July. Full- and part-time courses in modern standard Arabic, Qur'anic Arabic, Egyptian colloquial and other dialects, are also available during the year at SOAS, University of London. Perfect for those seeking to gain an acquaintance, or working knowledge, of one of the world’s most refined, as well as influential, languages.
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