May 7th – May 13th 2012

What's On This Week...

What's On

6th May 2012


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Here’s our weekly guide to the UK’s best talks, exhibitions, screenings and concerts from the Arab world, Turkey, Iran and beyond! As per usual, 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. 


7th May:

Moroccan Fine Art ExhibitionThe Coningsby Gallery, London

Moroccan Fine Art is celebrating the launch of their new online gallery with “An Urban Twist”, an exhibition running until 12 May showcasing five of Morocco’s best and brightest artists.

More details here


8th May:

Stefan Szepesi on “Walking Palestine” - The Mosaic Rooms, London

Author and academic Stefan Szepesi is talking at the launch of his book Walking Palestine. Originally an economist, Szepesi started walking in the West Bank when he was working in Jerusalem as an advisor to the EU.

Szepesi’s book is only part guide, and also takes in the heritage, culture and politics of the land he walked through, and we’re sure he’ll have some interesting insights to share. Well worth a look.

More details here


9th May:

Politics and Power in the MaghrebLSE Middle East Centre, London

Dr. Michael Willis, author of a forthcoming book of the same name as the talk’s title, will examine the politics of the three states of the central Maghreb, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, since their achievement of independence from European colonial rule in the 1950s and 1960s, in light of the events of the Arab Spring.

More details here


10th May:

Resistance and the Targeting of Women in Iraq - The Mosaic Rooms, London

Nadje Al-Ali and Laleh Khalili will be talking about the targeting of women in post-invasion Iraq as part of the Mosaic Rooms’ What Purpose Free Speech When No One Listens season.

Event details here.


11th May:

Freedom Beats Concert – Bishopgate Institute, London

Syrian-American rapper Omar Offendum comes to London to give a charity concert on 11 May.

The Mosaic Rooms say: “In an attempt to bridge the divide between Western and Arabic worlds and provide an understanding between the two cultures, headline artist Offendum translates classic Arabic poetry into English with a heavy underlying message of activism and social justice; Offendum’s concert is one not to be missed!” We are inclined to agree.

Tickets here.


Divided Spaces, Contested Pasts – London Middle East Institute, SOAS, London

Lucienne Thys-Şenocak, Professor at Koç University in Turkey, gives a talk about the formation of the Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park.

More information here


12th May:

Greg Malouf’s Supper Club - The Petersham Nurseries Cafe, Richmond

The Petersham Nurseries Cafe will be putting on the first of three unique supper clubs with new head chef Greg Malouf. The Australian-Lebanese Malouf is famous for his cookbooks on the food of the Arab world, including the wonderful Saha detailing his journeys around Syria and Lebanon, so this promises to be a wonderful opportunity to sample his refined take on the region’s fantastic cuisine.

More information on how to book here.

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