25th Mar – 31st Mar 2013

What's On This Week...

What's On

25th Mar 2013

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With the year in full swing, this week brings a host of activities on London’s Middle Eastern cultural diary not to be missed! Check out our list below and don’t forget to let us know if you have anything you think we may have missed! 


Reel Iraq Festival – Various Locations around the UK

Running from 21st March until 25th March

Reel Iraq Festival takes place across 9 UK cities and promises an enlightening display of contemporary Iraqi culture featuring live music, film screenings, poetry readings, art exhibitions, panel discussions and music workshops.

Musicians, directors, poets, activists and writers from Tunisia, France, Lebanon, Finland and of course Iraq will take part in the four day celebration with London’s Rich Mix and Edinburgh’s Filmhouse and Summerhall as the chief hubs for the action. Many of the artists and films will play in multiple cities touring the country over four days.

Reel Iraq marks 10 years since the US & UK led military invasion and aims to explore the contribution of art, culture and creativity to Iraqi life in a time of conflict. Home to the world’s first civilization and steeped in cultural and historical significance, Iraq is a country with creativity at its core. Decades of turmoil, unrest and pain brought on by civil and international wars have only served to strengthen the resilience of their people and their connection to music, film, literature and art.

For more information, see here


A Million Steps: Discovering the Lebanese Mountain TrailMosaic Rooms, London

27th March 7:00pm – 9:00pm

A Million Steps is a thrilling yet intimate view of the 440km trail that runs through the remote and majestic Lebanese mountains. Hana El-Hibri and her fellow hikers were the first to walk the entire route from north to south, and her up-close account of the journey is accompanied by Norbert Schiller’s stunning photos, capturing the region’s diverse wildlife, its stunning scenery and the colorful characters who live there.

View an interview with Hana El-Hibri onYouTube

More more information, see here


Photographs by Numbers: Infographics on Iraq by Mona ChalabiArab-British Centre, London

Running from 22nd March to 28th March

These images explore a story of progress in Iraq that has no easy beginning, middle or end. Each piece depicts a development statistic from a trusted source which is conveyed using a photo of the people that make up the numbers.

The 12 pieces use photography taken from trips to Iraq in 2012 and 2013 to interview Iraqis about their hopes for post-conflict stabilisation. Whether in Erbil, Najaf or Baghdad, the collective narrative Iraqis recounted was a complicated one. The past ten years have been marked by progression, recession and stagnation – development has been anything but linear.

On Monday 25 March at 19:00 we will hold a discussion in which Mona Chalabi will be joined by Dr Toby Dodge, Maysa Ibrahim and Myrna Atalla to discuss the issues raised in the exhibition. The event is free and there is no need to book – just come along!

For more information, see here


It’s a ProjectCrossway Foundation/Edge of Arabia, London

Running until 24th May

The Crossway Foundation and Edge of Arabia are proud to present It’s a Project, a multimedia exhibition exploring both organisations’ border-crossing work between the Middle East and the UK since 2003. Featuring key works, films and installations from projects in Turkey, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Europe, this introduction to their work aims to inspire greater collaboration between London’s creative community and the emerging contemporary arts movement in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. This exhibition also marks the opening of a new collaborative Middle East art centre in Battersea’s thriving creative industries hub.

For more information, see here


Light from the Middle East: New PhotographyVictoria & Albert Museum, London

Running until 7th April

Running until April, Light from the Middle East: New Photography presents work by artists from across the Middle East (spanning North Africa to Central Asia), living in the region and in diaspora.

The exhibition explores the ways in which these artists investigate the language and techniques of photography. Some use the camera to record or bear witness, while others subvert that process to reveal how surprisingly unreliable a photograph can be. The works range from documentary photographs and highly staged tableaux to images manipulated beyond recognition. The variety of approaches is appropriate to the complexities of a vast and diverse region.

Light from the Middle East is divided into three sections, Recording, Reframing and Resisting, each of which focuses on a different approach to the medium of photography.

For more information, see here

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