Written by Tom Little
Once again, Sugar Street Review is pleased to present our weekly “What’s On” for London and the UK. This week, as ever, there’s a fine bill of talks, screenings and theatre to look forward to, with Tuesday and Wednesday looking particularly busy, so get out there and make the most of it!
Tuesday 17th July
Fear of Breathing: Stories Of The Syrian Revolution – Finborough Theatre, London
As thousands have been tortured, jailed, maimed or killed by the Syrian regime, The Fear of Breathing is a hard-hitting evocation of a life or death fight for freedom, experienced from the inside.
To uncover these personal stories from the uprising, award-winning journalists Paul Wood of the BBC and Ruth Sherlock of The Daily Telegraph, together with theatre director Zoe Lafferty, travelled into Syria covertly, circumventing the ban on journalists and restrictions on movement for all non-Syrians. Immersed in Syria’s suffocating environment of oppression and fear, they spoke to protesters facing tanks and guns, soldiers who deserted to form the Free Army, activists who dream of change, as well as citizens who love President Bashar al-Assad and are terrified of a future without him.
Tickets from the Finsborough’s website.
Diaries of the Syrian Revolution with Samar Yazbeck – The Frontline Club, London
As killings continue and Syria’s future remains in the balance, we will be joined by Syrian novelist and journalist Samar Yazbek who will be in conversation with Dr Rim Turkmani, a Syrian astrophysicist, science historian and pioneer of development projects in Syria to reflect on her experience of the uprising and her hopes for her country.
Samar Yazbek is author of A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution. She has published several novels and collections of short stories, the most recent of which is In Her Mirrors. An excerpt of her novel Cinnamon was published in the anthology Beirut 39.
For more details about the event, take a look at the Frontline Club’s website.
Wednesday 18th July
In Conversation With Yosra Fawda: Egypt After Mubarak – The Frontline Club, London
Renowned Arab journalist Yosri Fouda will be joining The Frontline Club in conversation with senior BBC presenter and special correspondent Lyse Doucet for this special event, post elections we will be asking what lies ahead for the people of Egypt and its new leader.
More details at The Frontline Club’s website here.
Revolt in Syria: Eye-Witness Account to the Uprising - Arthur Probsthain Book Shop, Bloomsbury, London
The Arthur Probsthain Book Shop, opposite the British Museum is hosting the the book launch of Revolt in Syria: An Eye-Witness Account to the Uprising by Stephen Starr starting at 1830. Formerly editor of the Syrian Times, before reporting about the region on a freelance basis, Starr has written a first hand account about the revolt. Until February 2012, he reported from the Syrian capital with unrestricted access to the country.
For more details, see here
From Alhambra to Marrakech – The Horniman Museum, London
Moroccan multi-instrumentalist Hassan Erraji enchants his audiences with his percussive oud, and plangent violin melodies. His music blends danceable contemporary global sounds with the magic of the maqams – Arabic modal scales and draws on styles such as tarab al Andalusi and chaabi that are thriving in Morocco today. In this rare London concert, Hassan presents a modern take on the rich heritage of Arabo-Andalusian music.
Friday 20th July
Cairo, Year One by Nermine Hammam – The Mosaic Rooms, Kensington, London
In association with Rose Issa Projects in London, the Mosaic Rooms present the first UK solo show by Egyptian artistNermine Hammam. 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.
Saturday 21st July
Supper Club with Greg Malouf - Petersham Nurseries, Richmond, London
Petersham Nurseries’ continue their programme of Middle Eastern flavoured supper clubs this Saturday, as head-chef Greg Malouf serves up another evening of tasty treats. Be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment!
Details on how to book here.