EVENT: The Cultural Scene: November - December

The Cultural Scene:  November - December

London Palestine Film Festival

15 – 30 November, various venues, London.  A wide and impressive choice of films about Palestine, Palestinians and the Palestinian diaspora, primarily made by Palestinian filmmakers, with special events on Friday 29 November, to mark the annual Day of International Solidarity with the Palestinian People and the 70thanniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees. The programme is available here.



For Sama

For Sama Documentary

Until 24 November, on demand. An epic and intimate journey filmed through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria, this film combines the best of on-the-ground reporting with a touching picture of family life in wartime.  Waad al-Kateab tells the story of how she fell in love, married and gave birth to her daughter, Sama. Directed by her and British filmmaker Edward Watts, it was produced by Channel 4 and ITN, and is available to stream on your mobile phone, laptop or smart TV through this link. 


Stand By Me

Stand By Me

29 November, The Atrium, London E2.  Join Mikhaael Mala, Ilyas Mao, Muad, Faisal Latif and Bustami for an incredible evening filled with spectacular Qur’anic recitations, nasheeds, comedy and theatre. All the performances are free of music and are produced using vocals only. The group is touring the UK to aid Islamic Help’s Winter Emergency Appeal, which delivers essential supplies to help keep needy families and refugees warm around the world. You can see more information and buy tickets here.







Arabic Music for Kids

Arabic Music for Kids

8 December, Lark Hall Primary School, London SW4.  Syrian oud player and singer Basel Saleh leads a session aimed at inspiring a chiild’s love of the Arabic language through traditional Arabic songs drawn from a variety of dialects and origins.  Tickets are £10 - 12 per child, with as many adults as you wish attending for free. Perfect for grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends, as well as parents. Other dates can also be seen here. 


Inspired by the East

Inspired by the East

Until 26 January, 2020, British Museum, London WC1.  Charting the fascinating history of cultural and artistic interactions between East and West, this magnificent exhibition explores the impact that the Islamic world has had on Western art for centuries.  Whether it is photography, ceramics, jewellery, glass, clothing, or contemporary art, visitors can see, and feel, how this rich artistic exchange influenced the visual and decorative arts here in London, and in Europe and North America, as well as the Middle East and North Africa. Click for more information.    


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