The 2010 Liverpool Arabic Arts festival launched last night with the opening of the exhibition at the Bluecoat – Arabicity: ‘Such a Near East’. The family day today was as popular as ever and great fun with live music, food, storytelling and various stalls.
The festival continues with ten days of artistic events including Arabicity, which features six new artists, an eclectic series film schedule including Palestinian animation Fatenah and opportunities to create Arabic-inspired poetry and textiles or learn traditional dance.
Earlier this year LAAF was recognised by the Arab British Centre which honoured it with the Arab British Culture & Society Award 2010 for an outstanding contribution to the British public’s knowledge and understanding of the life, society and culture of the Arab people.
LAAF is sponsored by UNISON North West and acknowledges the tremendous support provided by Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England.
Festival Manager Ngozi Ikoku said: “The Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival is designed for Arab and non-Arab audiences alike and for all ages. I’d like to welcome everyone to participate and to savour some of the rich and diverse culture the Middle East has to offer.”