Written by William Dobson
We’re into September already and the summer is winding down. But that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of great Middle Eastern exhibition, screenings and the like to keep you entertained. As always, get in touch if we’ve missed something!
Monday 3rd September
The Changing Room – Various Locations around Central London
The Changing Room project continues this week, presenting an alternative vision of the changes that have occurred in and around the Arab region today. Realised in Italy (2011), The Changing Room formulates a contemporary compendium of histories, addressed and documented by groundbreaking artists who either live in exile, emigration, or continue to have a physical presence in their region or nation.
Set in an underground gallery, a magic shop and an office hub in central London, one of the project’s central visual statements is to bring Palestine’s Jerusalem into the heart of London.
For more information, check here
Tuesday 4th September
Remembering Anthony Shadid – Frontline Club, Paddington, London
Anthony Shadid spent most of his professional career covering the Middle East, first for the Associated Press; then The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and finally The New York Times – for which he was working when he died in February this year while crossing the border out of Syria. At this special event, the Frontline Club will be joined by friends and colleagues of Anthony Shadid to remember the life and work of this most esteemed journalist.
With special contributions from his wife and fellow New York Times reporter, Nada Bakri; Jonathan Rugman, foreign affairs correspondent at Channel 4 News; Kareem Fahim, Middle East reporter for The New York Times; and Katia Jarjoura, journalist and filmmaker this promises to be a poignant and insightful look at his incredible life. As a journalist, he twice received the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, while his most recent book, House of Stone, was critically acclaimed.
For more details, see here
Wednesday 5th September
Autumn Calligraphy Classes – Arab-British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London
The Arab British Centre will begin to be hosting a twelve week Calligraphy course taught by Mustafa Ja’far. Knowledge of the Arabic language is not required.
The courses will teach the Naskh script of Arabic calligraphy, explain the development of Arabic writing and give an overview of this diverse art form. You will be advised of equipment required for the course at the first session.
For more information about signing up, see here
Thursday 6th September
Norway & Morocco – ART@10GS, 10 Grosvenor Street, London
Having been running since May, this exhibition by photographer Sandra Jordan is still on until Sept 30th. Fusing together the two seemingly disparate locations of the Arctic and North Africa, she says ‘Whilst you are guaranteed complete solitude in Arctic Norway, Morocco can be somewhat different, more than 150,000 people live in Fez Medina itself, yet within the contrast of both places I was drawn to the quietness and the isolation – the remote villages of the Lofoten Islands, the quiet corners of the Medinas where locals pause for respite from the hustle and bustle.’
For more information, see here
Friday 7th September
Suffering Grasses - Frontline Club, Paddington, London
The Suffering Grasses explores the Syrian conflict through the eyes of those caught in the crossfire as what began as peaceful demonstrations over a year ago escalated into violence and brought the country to the brink of civil war.
While focusing on the people and communities most affected by the bloody conflict, director Iara Lee also examines the motivations of Bashar al-Assad’s Ba’athist regime, the Free Syrian Army and other key players including the United States, Israel, Russia, China and Iran.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with with director Iara Lee via Skype and Ausama Monajed, member of the Syrian National Council and the Executive Director of London-based Strategic Research and Communication Centre.
For more information, see here
The Horse: From Arabia to Royal Ascot – British Museum, London
Running until the end of September, this free exhibition will allow you to discover the epic story of the horse – a journey of 5,000 years that has revolutionised human history. The story focuses on two breeds – Arabians, which were prized in the desert for their spirit and stamina, and the Thoroughbred which was selectively bred from Arabians for speed and is now raced at world-famous courses such as Royal Ascot.
Objects range from ancient to modern and include depictions of horses in stone reliefs, gold and clay models, horse tack, paintings by George Stubbs, and trophies and rosettes. Moreover, on Fridays the museum stays open late so no excuse not to pop along after work.
For details, click here