COMEDY, DANCE & PERFORMANCE
Funoon Al Jazeera Saturday 7th July 7.30pm, the Bluecoat £10/£8
Go beyond belly dance! This Arabian Folk dance performance explores the history, diversity,
and depth of the Arab culture. Presented as a showcase through many Arab countries. Book:
www.thebluecoat.org.uk 0151 702 5324
Merseyside Arabic Dance Showcase Saturday 14th July, 8pm, Unity Theatre, £10/£8
Enjoy an enchanting evening of music and dance performances from North Africa and beyond. Book:
www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk Tel: 0844 873 2888
Rest Upon the Wind Tuesday 10th July, 8:00pm, Unity Theatre, £12/£10
‘A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.’ Inspired by
Khalil Gibran’s book, The Prophet, published in 1923 and selling over a hundred million copies, it’s
the story of Middle Eastern immigrants forced through Ottoman oppression and wars seeking refuge
in America. Written by Nadim Sawalha. 16+ Book: www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk Tel: 0844 873
1979 Thursday 12th July, 8pm, Unity Theatre £10/£8
1979, Iraq and Iran lead by Saddam Hussein and Ayatollah Khomeini engage in a devastating Gulf-
war. In an installation-dance-performance, two artists born during that war draw the audience into
their memories, explored in new ways through the beauty of dance. A Moussem production with the
support of the EU Culture programme. 16+ Book: www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk Tel: 0844 873
Nadim Sawalha: An Arab Actor, for Better for Worse Monday 9 July 7.30pm, the Bluecoat £3/2
The celebrated actor reflects on 50 years in British show business, stories and anecdotes.
Book: www.thebluecoat.org.uk 0151 702 5324
A Star is Born: Emerging Talent Saturday 14th July, 6.30pm Concert Room, St Georges Hall, £5/£4
Including a solo piece from ballet dancer Ayman Safiah (the Arab Billy Elliot).
Maysoon Zayid: Laughing Widely Saturday 14th July, 8pm, Concert Room, St Georges Hall. £12.50.
Maysoon Zayid is an actress and professional stand up comedian, you may have seen her on Comedy
Central’s The Watch List, PBS’s America at a Crossroads: Muslim Comics Stand Up, and in Adam
Sandler’s You Don’t Mess With Zohan. Join us for a great night of comedy from this unique lady.
Book via Liverpool Philharmonic Hall: 0151 709 3789
DEBATE, TALKS, WORKSHOPS & POETRY
Freedom Hour 7, 8 and 14 July 2 – 3pm 9, 10, 11 and 12 July 5.30 – 6.30pm the Bluecoat, FREE
Daily debates on current affairs, freedom and change in the Arab world. Listen and speak up at this
open forum with artists and commentators from Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival.
Fleeing Words Tuesday 10 July, 5pm, the Bluecoat, FREE
An anthology of Tunisian fiction, poetry and articles; freedom of speech after the revolution.
Maysoon Zayid Workshop (Arab Comedy Festival) Friday 13th July, the Bluecoat
Come and take part in this fantastic workshop where you’ll learn the basics of stand up and how t0pursue a career in it. Book: www.thebluecoat.org.uk 0151 702 5324
Sufi Dance Workshop Wednesday 11th July 4-6pm, MDI £4.50/£4
Open to all levels from beginner to advanced. Explore the technique of Sufi dance from Iraq led by
esteemed performer Duraid Abbas, also performing in the dance piece 1979 as part of the festival.
To Book: 0151 708 8810 www.mdi.org.uk
Bidisha: Reading and Conversation followed by Freedom Hour Monday 9th July, 5.30pm, the
Bidisha is a writer, critic and broadcaster. She presents the arts and culture series on BBC radio and
TV, and has written extensively. Join us for a reading from her fourth book, Beyond the Wall: Writing
A Path Through Palestine.
Reem Abdelhadi: Laughing at the Government Sunday 15th July, 3.30pm, Liverpool Philharmonic
Part of the Afternoon Symposium. Reem discusses the history of Arab political humour and the art of
Films at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and Kazimier are in partnership with the
Arab Film Festival, curated by Omar Kholeif at FACT.
Pre Launch: Double Bill Tuesday 12th June 6.30pm, FACT
I Want to See (15) (Je Veux Voir) (Liverpool Premiere) FACT £5/4
Poignant road movie. Catherine Deneuve journeys through war- torn Lebanon. A stunning homage
to cinema, that transcends the devastation of conflicted histories. Information and booking: 0871
Incendies (15) 8pm, FACT £5/4 French and Arabic with English subtitles
Oscar nominated adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s play Scorched is one of the greatest films of the
last decade. A powerful tale of family ties, duty and the inescapable links between past and present.
The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (PG) Friday 6th July 9pm The Kazimier Outdoor Screen,
FREE , Arabic / English subtitles Liverpool Premiere.
An award-winning elegy to the richest era of film production in Egypt, seen through the work of one
of its most revered actresses. Information and booking: www.fact.co.uk 0871 902 5737
Ghussoun Saturday 7th July 1pm, the Bluecoat, FREE
A moving and intimate fly on the wall documentary about a young Iraqi woman in Jordan. followed
by Freedom Hour discussion. Book: www.thebluecoat.org.uk 0151 702 5324
Caramel Sunday 8th July, 7pm, the Bluecoat, FREE
Make sure you’re there for this great romantic comedy about five Lebanese women living in Beirut.
Book: www.thebluecoat.org.uk 0151 702 5324
Double Bill: Nomad’s Home + From Palestine with Love (PG) Monday 9th July, 6.30pm, FACT, FREE
– Booking Essential UK Premiere
Nomad’s Home (PG)
Supported by the DIFF Dubai Film Connection. Winner of Best Arab Documentary at the Dubai
International Film Festival. An Egyptian filmmaker’s journey to the militarised Sinai Peninsula
Filmmaker Iman Kamel is invited into tribeswomen’s circles and discovers their lives are more
connected than might appear. Information and booking: www.fact.co.uk 0871 902 5737
From Palestine With Love (PG)
Maya is a dancer living in the occupied Palestinian territories. She plans a life with her Swedish
boyfriend in Stockholm, where she wants to study. But the road from dream to reality is filled with
obstacles. Warm and subtly romantic.
Axis of Light (PG) Monday 9th July, 8.30pm, Fact, £4/£3 Northwest Premiere.
A poignant and absorbing observation of the changing contemporary art scene in the wider ‘Middle
East’. Through the eyes of 8 artists including: Jananne Al-Ani, Ayman Balbaaki, Mona Saudi, Mona
Hatoum, Etel Adnan, Youssef Nabil, Rachid Koraichi and Shirin Neshat. Information and booking:
www.fact.co.uk 0871 902 5737
VHS Kahloucha (15) Tuesday 10th July 6.00pm, FACT £5/4 UK Premiere.
An explosive documentary on amateur filmmaker Moncef Kahloucha — a North African Ed Wood.
Information and booking: www.fact.co.uk 0871 902 5737
El Shooq/Lust (15) UK Premiere Wednesday 11th July 6.30pm FACT, £6/5
UK Premiere. Selected as Egypt’s official entry for the Academy Awards in 2011. Umm Shooq
has deserted her family to marry the man she loves. She settles into a life of poverty when an
unexpected challenge forces her to make a very difficult decision. Information and booking:
www.fact.co.uk 0871 902 5737
Okay, Enough, Goodbye (12) Thursday 12th July 6.30pm, FACT, £5/£4 UK Premiere with
A forty-year-old lives with his elderly mother and has given up on becoming independent. One day
she leaves him and he is left with nothing but the company of the small city. Dark, melancholic
and yet with a wistful comedy this is an adult man’s coming of age. Information and booking:
www.fact.co.uk 0871 902 5737
Lion of the Desert Saturday 14th July 12noon, the Bluecoat, £3/£2
This movie classic starring Anthony Quinn and Oliver Reed is set between two worlds wars and
depicts the struggle for freedom in the African desert. It is the historical tale of Libyan resistance
leader, Omar Mukhtar and not to be missed for all cinema fans. Book: www.thebluecoat.org.uk
0151 702 5324
Reading Emotions 6-29 July, Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool ONE , FREE
Children’s visual presentation of emotions through a series of photographic artwork and Arabic
calligraphy. Produced as part of Liverpool Arabic Centre’s Education Project for Children and
young people exploring messages to the Five Ways to Health and Wellbeing in partnership with
the Community Development Team, Liverpool PCT and The Haven Project for Asylum and Refugee
Children and Young People, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
Laughing at the Government 6-15 July, 10am-5pm Daily Walker Art Gallery, FREE
A glimpse of the very important and ever-changing art of satirical cartoons from the Arab World.
Rolling digital slide presentation with comments and explanation. Curated by Reem AbdelHadi.
HIGHLIGHT EVENTS & FOOD
The Arab Street Saturday 7 July 1pm-9pm, the Bluecoat/City Centre, FREE
Includes discounted & free events. Street dance, music, food, performance and film.
Family Day Sunday 8th July 12.30-5.30pm, Sefton Park Palm House, FREE
A fantastic, ever popular event that’s not to be missed; live music, dance, workshops, stalls and food
suitable for all.
Come to Kasbah Monday 9th July, 3pm & 5pm, Kasbah £4.99/head
From tasty tagines to stuffed aubergines, Kasbah offers a delight of Moroccan treats. Limited
capacity. Booking essential. Please quote ‘Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival’ when booking: 0151 707
Syrian Cuisine Wednesday 11th July, Sahara Restaurant 8pm £13/head
Come and sample the unique delights of Syrian cuisine and learn all about creating some interesting
dishes for yourself a tantalising feast for the taste buds. www.arabicartsfestival.co.uk
Yemen Day Friday 13th July, 5pm, Liverpool Arabic Centre, FREE
Music, film, food, Yemeni culture and more, all in the heart of L8. Please see
www.arabicartsfestival.co.uk for more details.
The Big Saturday Saturday 14th July, 12:00 noon, the Bluecoat FREE and paying events.
A day of music, debate, film, poetry and food including Libyan poet Khaled Mattawa and
live music in the garden. Includes two fantastic one hour Belly Dance workshops. Please see
www.arabicartsfestival.co.uk for full highlights of the day.
Afternoon Symposium: Khyam Allami with Maurice Louca and TamerAbu Ghazaleh In
Conversation Sunday July 15th 1.30pm Rodewald Suite, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Free to ticket
holders for the evening concert.
Join Khyam and the musicians of the Alif Ensemble for a wide ranging discussion. A great lead into
the evening’s performance.
Alif Ensemble Sunday 15th July, 7.30pm, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, £15/£22.50
World premiere. New music conceived by Iraqi oud player Khyam Allami, with a band of musicians
from traditional and contemporary Arabic music disciplines from Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and
Palestine. The core of the Alif Ensemble features composer of alternative Arabic music, oud & buzuq
player and vocalist Tamer Abu Ghazaleh and Egyptian electronica composer and pioneer Maurice
The premiere in Liverpool is presented by Liverpool Philharmonic as part of Liverpool Arabic Arts
Festival 2012 and the London 2012 Festival. Created for BT River of Music, part of the London 2012
Festival, which is supported by National Lottery Funds through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and
Arts Council England, and produced by Serious. Book: www.liverpoolphil.com Tel: 0151 709 3789