Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival returns to the city from 6-15 July after a record 10th year in 2011. With a packed programme 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 up 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 brings Laughing Widely to St Georges Hall on 14 July. She’ll also be holding a comedy workshop at the Bluecoat on 13 July.
See Reem Abdelhadi’s exhibition and debate on satirical cartoons Laughing at the Government at the Walker Art Gallery from 6-15 July. The Festival’s ever popular family day at Sefton Park takes place on 8 July where visitors of all ages can indulge in a sensory experience of the Arab world with an afternoon of live music, dance, workshops and food. Continuing its partnership, the Arab Film Festival returns for its second edition boasting an array of thought-provoking UK premieres with a focus on emerging creative talent working in the Arab world.
**Info courtesy of the Arab British Centre**