Liverpool Arab Arts Festival Family Day Attracts More than 3,000
More than 3,000 people flocked to the finale of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) twenty-first festival at Sefton Park Palm House yesterday [Sunday 14 July].
The annual Family Day event, which was supported my Qatar Foundation International, featured the UK premiere performance of Daraa Tribes, a Tribal fusion and Saharan Blues band comprising five members, each originating from a different tribe in the Daraa River Valley of Morocco and bringing with them diverse musical traditions.
The Family Day celebrations concluded 10 days of Arab art and culture at venues across the city, from visual art, dance and literature to music, theatre, film and spoken word. The 2019 line-up, which was dominated this year by female artists, featured exhibitions, talks and performances by artists from Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen, USA and the UK.
Chair of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, Mustapha Koriba, said: “Every year the festival gets better and it’s amazing to see people across all ages and cultures coming together.
“It is particularly exciting and inspiring to see younger Arab people at LAAF either as artists or attendees. Once they see their culture through arts, they become rejuvenated and see themselves and their heritage from a whole new light.”