Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF), the UK’s longest running festival of Arab arts and culture, is back for its 23rd edition. The multi-artform programme of live and online events is an artist-led response to the complexities of the climate emergency in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region today.
The first wave of festival events encompasses July and August, with events for September, October and November being released later in the year. LAAF’s launch programme features the world premiere of Eating The Copper Apple by poet lisa luxx; Grounds for Concern, a new installation by visual artist Jessica El Mal; Trauma Then, Trauma Now by Youcef Hadjazi at the Royal Standard; the premiere of Blue Spaces by music collective ھيHeya; the return of the ARTISTS | IDEAS | NOW series of talks, as well as a new film programme running throughout the festival.
July will also see the return of the ARTISTS | IDEAS | NOW series, featuring some of the most exciting Arab artists from across the globe. These artist-led talks will focus on prominent issues related to the climate emergency. Further talks in the series will be held in September and October.
For more details and to book tickets for the first wave of festival events, visit arabartsfestival.com/2021festival
Image: Still from The Perfect Candidate, © Razor Films. Distributed by Modern Films.