Written by William Dobson
Eid Mubarak! No doubt there are lots of festivities going on around London to celebrate the end of Ramadan but, if you still manage to get some time off, then here are some suggestions to keep you entertained. As per usual, get in touch with us if there’s anything you think we might have missed out!
Tuesday 21st August
The Next Chapter in a Century Long Conflict? – The Frontline Club, London
Chaired by Tim Llewellyn, the BBC’s Middle East Correspondent for ten years up until 1992 and, subsequently, a regular broadcast and print commentator on Middle East politics, this panel discussion will look to explain the implications of recent political shifts on the Israeli-Palestinian question.
With a new coalition formed and then subsequently split in Israel , a prospective reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah and a new leader in Egypt it could be said the century-long conflict is entering a new chapter. Joining Llewellyn to discuss these topics will be Antony Loewenstein, an Australian freelance journalist and author; Dimi Reider, an Israeli journalist and blogger; Ahmed Moor, a Palestinian-American journalist who was based in Beirut before moving to Cairo to cover the Egyptian revolution; and Ghada Karmi, a leading British-Palestinian academic and writer.
For more details, see here
Wednesday 22nd August
The Changing Room - Various Locations around Central London
The Changing Room project starts its second week in London, 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.
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Thursday 23rd August
Bahrain: The Abandoned Revolution – The Frontline Club, London
Chaired by Brian Whitaker, journalist for The Guardian since 1987 and its Middle East editor from 2000-2007, this event will look at topics such as why we hear very little about events in Bahrain in the media and what strategies the Bahraini regime adopted to win the media battle, as well as the daily battles on the street.
As well as discussing the PR war, a panel of experts will discuss the prospects of accountability for torture and related abuses inside and outside of Bahrain.Officials accused of torture are frequent visitors to the UK, most recently the King’s son, Nasser Bin Hamad was a VIP guest at the Olympics. In addition, a film report highlighting the plight of detained athletes will be shown.
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Friday 24th August
Cairo, Year One by Nermine Hammam - The Mosaic Rooms, Kensington, London
After launching back on July 20th, today is the last chance to view this wonderful exhibition. In association with Rose Issa Projects in London, the Mosaic Rooms present the first UK solo show by Egyptian artist Nermine Hammam (work pictured). Hammam lives and works in Cairo. Her works are intricate composites of layered images and symbols, using a distinctive aesthetic that combines digital manipulation and painting. This timely solo exhibition will feature two of her most recent series of work, Upekkha and Unfolding, which look at the recent civil unrest and uprisings in Egypt.
More details here.