Words by Sinead Nunes, Editor

Today, we’re thrilled to reveal that the 14th edition of the UK’s premier annual Arab Arts Festival has been announced!

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) returns to the city from 6 – 14 June 2015, bringing another exciting celebration of Arab culture to audiences.

Showcasing the richness of Arab culture through a packed programme of visual art, music, dance, film, theatre, literature and special events, LAAF organisers have revealed that, for the first time, this summer’s festival explores an overarching theme ‘Shaping Change: A work in progress’.

Bringing a welcome focus to how Arab communities worldwide are responding to contemporary changes from within, this year’s theme will see international artists, home-grown talent, established names and emerging acts exploring social issues and bringing those messages to a wide audience.

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While fans of the festival; will have to wait a little longer for the full programme to be announced, organisers have revealed a taste of what is to come, including the LAAF Family Day in Sefton Park Palm House on Sunday 7 June, with music, dance, food, and a range of goods and books on sale, and The Big Sunday – a programme featuring new and well-loved performers to close the festival at the Bluecoat on Sunday 14 June.

Highlights of the first wave of acts announced include Palestinian singer, musicologist and broadcaster, Reem Kelani; a unique symposium event, focusing on the multiple challenges women face to participate fully in the arts; a special screening of Habibi, the multiple award-winning film by Susan Youssef, a moving story of forbidden love set in Gaza; and a performance at the Kazimier by Tamer Abu Gazaleh, composer of alternative Arabic music.

LAAF are offering buyers of the first 100 tickets to paid events a complimentary ticket to LAAF VIP Launch being held on the 5th June. Includes exclusive performances, refreshments and cultural cuisine.

For further information visit www.arabartsfestival.co.uk