Written by Tom Little
Sugar Street Review is dedicated to bringing the best and brightest of Middle Eastern culture to a wider audience, so we’re proud to announce our very first events guide for the UK!
Week by week, we’ll be letting you know about the best talks, exhibitions, screenings and concerts from the Arab world, Turkey, Iran and beyond. Next week is looking particularly busy, as the World Shakespeare festival is bringing three Arabic-language productions of the Bard’s work to our shores. Make sure you book in advance!
At the moment, we’re just giving listings for the UK, although over weeks to come we’ll be broadening our horizons to destinations across the world.
We’d love to hear if you think we’ve left anything out, and if you would like your own event added to the calendar, drop us a note at tom(at)sugarstreetreview(dot)com.
Richard II in Arabic – The Globe, London. (Also showing on 4th, 5th May)
The World Shakespeare Festival kicks off with a Palestinian production of Richard II at The Globe in London. Press coverage so far suggests that this is one not to miss out on, and with standing tickets only £5.00, what excuse have you not to go?
For more details, click here.
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia – Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, London
Last chance for Londoners to catch Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s brilliant Once Upon A Time In Anatolia, showing at the Prince Charles Cinema on Leicester Square.
For more information, click here.
Director Talks: Shakespeare in Baghdad – Swan Theatre (RSC), Stratford upon Avon
The director of the upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad will be talking about their work, and how they reimagined Shakespeare’s classic against the backdrop of Baghdad’s bloody sectarian divide.
To find out more, click here.
Etel Adnan Film Screening – Fabrica Gallery, Brighton
For those of you down on the UK’s sunny south coast, be sure to drop by the Fabrica Gallery for a screening of I See An Infinite Distance Between Any Point And Another, a film portrait of the Lebanese writer and philosopher, Etel Adnan.
For times of showings and more details about the film, click here.
Defiance – Leytonstone’s Stone Space, London
The very distinguished Arts Canteen is currently putting on a showing of the works of five Palestinian artists from Gaza in Leytonstone. The exhibition is only running until 6 May, so make sure you head on down before it finishes.
For more information, take a look at Arts Canteen’s website.
Maysoon Pachachi: Our Feelings Took the Pictures – Aga Khan University, Euston, London
A moving documentary about five Iraqi women who come together to learn photography in Damascus before returning to their homeland to document their often painful experiences in post-Saddam Iraq.
More details here.
Screening: We’re Only Trying to Help – Somerset House, The Strand, London
We’re Only Trying to Help is a documentary looking at the role of western activists working in Palestine, examining the impact that they have on local communities and asking whether these volunteers’ actions have ultimately become self-serving.
Click here for more details.
Cymbeline – The Globe, London. (Also showing on 4th, 5th May)
South Sudanese production of Cymbeline sounds like an absolute stormer. According to the website: “The first ever adaptation of Shakespeare into Juba Arabic is led by writer Taban Lo Liyong, and draws on local accents, modern slang and myth, to create a show that resonates with contemporary life and politics in South Sudan.”
Persian Poets 2012 – The Mosaic Rooms, London
The Mosaic Rooms presents a reading by five contemporary poets writing in Persian.
More details from their website here.
Green, A Spring Hanging – Rose Issa Projects, London
The wonderful Rose Issa Projects are currently exhibiting works by a number of artists from the region (and beyond) in their project space in Kensington. Running until 25 May, but please check Rose’s website for opening times.
Click here for more information.
Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad – Swan Theatre (RSC), Stratford-upon-Avon
The RSC presents an Iraqi adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, transposed to Baghdad in the wake of the US invasion. The director has woven Iraq’s rich poetic and musical traditions to create what sounds like a dazzling production.
Details about tickets here.
Malek Jandali Live in Concert – St John’s Smith Square, London
Syrian pianist and composed Malek Jandali will be giving a recital of his work in London in aid of the British Solidarity with Syria organization.
Details on their website here