EVENT: The Cultural Scene: October - December
Until 30 December, Harold Pinter Theatre Panton Street, SW1. A political thriller told with humour and humanity, J.T. Rogers’ highly acclaimed play is based on the true story of the historic Oslo Accords of 1993. Seen through the eyes of Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her sociologist husband, Terje Rod-Larsen, it tells the story of the back-channel meetings they arranged between Israeli and Palestinian representatives in an attempt to bring the two sides together. As The Guardian’s reviewer, Michael Billington, summed it up, “Time may have exposed the fragility of the 1993 accord, but the play emerges as an instructive lesson about the primacy of the personal in global affairs.”
Oud, Darbuka & Music Literacy
Until 2 December, The Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A. Are you interested in becoming a musician, as well as just listening to music? Then this 5-week course organised by the Taqasim Music School, beginning on the 4th of November, is for you. Aimed at beginners, it covers both Western and Arabic classic musical theory to help you, or your family, “read, write and talk music”. And you can follow it by taking a 10-week class in January where you can learn to play the traditional Arab oud, or the darbuka drum.
The State of Arab Men
19 October, Cromwell Road Mosaic Rooms Cromwell Road. In her pioneering work on patriarchy in the Arab world, Shereen El Feki has examined traditional values and provided invaluable insights into how Arab men see their own personal lives. In this talk, the author of Sex and the Citadel, explores how men’s roles as pillars of their communities and heads of families are changing. If you can’t make it to the talk, you can read her latest report, Understanding Masculinities online in both English and Arabic versions, or watch the video on YouTube .
Arab Women of the Year
30 November, London. This lavish annual Awards ceremony highlights and celebrates the achievements and talent of Arab women in London and around the world. Supported by the UK government and the Mayor of London, past winners include H.H. Sheikha Souad al-Sabah, who won for her lifetime’s work, the TV presenter Eman Ayad, the young activist Muzoon Alemellehan, and businesswoman Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch. Tickets are available online here and there’s also a YouTube video of the event last year here.
Rosalind Nashashibi Nominated for Turner Prize
Finally, congratualtions to the British-Palestinian film-maker and artist, Rosalind Nashashibi, born in South London who has been nominated for this year's presitigeous Turner Prize. Speaking of one of her films, Electrical Gaza, she says people would not think of picnicking on the beach in Gaza but that she wanted to, "Convey what was around me, rather than...some idea of an objective truth of the situation there."
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