May 21st – May 27th 2012

What's On This Week...

What's On

21st May 2012


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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 Thursday looking particularly busy, so get out there and make the most of it!

As per usual, get in touch with us at tom (at) sugarstreetreview (dot) com if you have an event that you would like included on next week’s listings.


Monday 21st May

The Beloved Bush Theatre, Uxbridge Road, London

The Beloved is haunting and heartbreaking twist on the story of Abraham and Isaac which reminds us that this historic tale of sacrifice began with just one family, and this production marks the return to London of Palestinian theatre company ShiberHur following their acclaimed productions I Am Yusuf and This is My Brother and In the Penal Colony.

Details on booking tickets at Bush Theatre’s website


Tuesday 22nd May

Egypt’s Difficult Path to DemocracyThe Mosaic Rooms, Kensington

As part of The Mosaic Rooms’ What Purpose Free Speech When No One Listens? programme, Egyptian parliamentarian and journalist, Dr. Ziad Bahaa Eldin, will be talking about Egypt’s road to democratic government after the revolution. 

Full details at the Mosaic Rooms’ website here


A Thousand and One Nights - Soho Theatre, London

Sheharazade, the storyteller who saved her own life together with the lives of her children by telling stories for 1,001 nights, is one of the great cultural creations of the Arab world. The fabulous Egyptian storyteller and performer, Chirine El Ansary, returns to the Crick Crack Club to tell some of the most intriguing and deliciously seductive episodes from the Arabian Nights, stories that explore the deepest passions and desires of men and women.

Details about tickets here


London Wine Fair 2012 – Excel, London

Not purely a Middle Eastern event, but the London International Wine Fair will be showcasing a number of vineyards from the region, including Kayra in Turkey; Chateaux Kafraya, Musar and Kasara from Lebanon; and many more besides. As per usual, it promises to be an intoxicating event, in both senses of the word.

Details about the fair here 


Wednesday 23rd May

What Are The Major Issues Facing Israel - Ivy House, Golders Green

In conjunction with London Jewish Culture Centre and The Reut Institute, an Israeli policy group described by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times Columnist, as “Israel’s premier policy strategy group,” this event will discuss the major challenges facing Israel and the Jewish world. The event will look at current affairs in the Middle East including the complexity of the Arab Spring.

The discussion will be led by Scottish born Martin Ben Moreh, Reut’s Director for Judaism, Renewed Zionism and Israeli Society and London born Jude Jacob, Reut’s Development Coordinator

Further details here


The DictatorCinemas across the UK

A week after its release, Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest is still sure to offend and amuse in equal measure, but its take on the adventures of a fictional North African Dictator, General Aladeen, has scored good reviews in the British press so we think this is well worth a look in.

Read the Guardian’s review here.


Thursday 24th May

The 2012 Edward W Said London Lecture by Ahdaf SoueifBP Lecture Theatre, British Museum, London

Ahdaf Soueif was born and brought up in Cairo. When the Egyptian Revolution erupted on January 25th 2011 she, along with thousands of others, called Tahrir Square home for eighteen days. She reported for the world’s media and did – like everyone else – whatever she could. As the events in Egypt unfolded, Soueif has continued to write and comment on her people’s struggles. With the upcoming Egyptian presidential elections, this presentation provides a timely opportunity to consider the Egyptian revolution within the framework of Edward W Said’s work, examining the relationship between culture and politics.

Tickets available from the London Review of Books website here


The Banipal Book Club: “Out Of It” by Selma Dabbagh - The Arab British Centre, Gough Square, London

Banipal, the UK’s premier magazine dedicated to literature from the Arab world, will be hosting a discussion group on Dabbagh’s dazzling debut novel, Out Of It (take a look at our review here) at the Arab British Centre on. One not to miss! 

Details from the Arab-British Centre’s website here.


Wilfrid Israel – The Savior from Berlin: The Story of a Forgotten Hero – Ivy House, Golders Green

Predominantly known as an art collector, this film, followed by a conversation with his biographer, Naomi Shepherd, focuses on a significant part of his life story which is often unknown or forgotten. The title of Shepherd’s book was Wilfrid Israel – German Jewry’s Secret Ambassador and it revealed a unique story of commitment and dedication to saving Jews from the Nazis, with a special focus on children and youth. The film looks at what caused the founders of Kibbutz Hazorea to erect a museum to his memorial, while most of them were still living in simple wooden and tin barracks, and around them only wilderness, and why so few of us have heard of him.

Details on how to book here


Saturday 26th May

Greg Malouf’s Supper ClubPetersham Nurseries Cafe, 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!

Book here.  

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