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3rd Jul 2012

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This week sees the beginning of the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, which is running a packed programme of exhibitions, comedians, concerts and screening across the city, so what better time to escape the capital for a few days soaking up some culture by the Mersey?

For those of you staying in London, there’s still plenty of Middle East-centric events for you to enjoy, so worry not.

As ever, if you wish to have your event included on this page, please do not hesitate to email us at tom (at)sugarstreetreview (dot) com.

 

Tuesday 3rd July

ReturnThe Yard Theatre, London

British/Iraqi Dina Mousawi brings her experience of that journey from Bradford to Baghdad to the stage to reveal different perspectives on a conflict that has dominated our headlines for the last 10 years.

This surprising and provocative theatrical event pulls you into the unpredictable world of occupied Iraq.

Uncover family secrets, encounter resilient women, enjoy the western allure of war and relive Dina’s childhood adoration of Saddam Hussein.

Return will run until 7 July. For more information, click here.

 

Once Upon A Time In AnatoliaRiverside Studios, London

An epic and vigorous tale of a night and day in a murder investigation. The film is a beautifully photographed drama about police and prosecutors locating a buried body in the Anatolian Steppes.

Tickets from Riverside Studios here.

 

Wednesday 4th July

MacbethRiverside Studios, London

A Tunisian Macbeth where Shakespeare’s malevolent tyrant and his wife are reincarnated as the equally diabolical modern-day duo, Leïla and Zine Ben Ali. Combining Sheakespeare’s text with film and reportage this production interrogates the way Arab leaders use, possess and perpetuate power. Shakespeare’s vision of evil and driving ambition finds new resonance amidst a mafia-like culture.


For more information, take a look at Riverside Studios’ website here.

 

1/2 RevolutionBarbican Cinema, London

One of the boldest films about the Arab uprisings to date, this first person documentary chronicles events as they unravelled on the streets and alleyways of Cairo in 2011 as two filmmakers head out onto the streets to find out what is really going on, and promptly end up coming into direct contact with Mubarak’s forces.

Details here.

 

Friday 6th July

IPAC Winner’s Speech: Rabee JaberThe Southbank Centre, London

Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, writers and translators discuss the dissemination of the winning novels in the west, and the political landscape in which the work is written.

This event also salutes this year’s winner, Rabee Jaber, with readings of his novel ‘The Druze of Belgrade’.

Details about ticketing from the IPAC’s website here.

 

The Liverpool Arabic Arts FestivalVenues across Liverpool

Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival returns to the city from 6-15 July after a record 10th year in 2011. With a packed programmed of music, dance, performance, visual art, comedy, debates, talks, workshops, films, exhibitions and poetry – including many free events – this year’s festival promises to be bigger than ever.

Key events include a world premiere at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 15 July from the Alif Ensemble and the play Rest Upon the Wind at Unity Theatre from veteran actor and writer Nadim Sawalha. Festival goers can also enjoy a breathtaking solo piece from ballet dancer Ayman Safiah at St Georges Hall on 14 July. The talented young dancer has been dubbed ‘The Arab Billy Elliot’ and has just been snapped by dance guru Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures. There will be comedy from internationally renowned comdienne and actress, New York based Maysoon Zayid, who bringsLaughing Widely to St Georges Hall on 14 July. She’ll also be holding a comedy workshop at the Bluecoat on 13 July.

Details can be found on the Festival’s website.

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