• Liverpool Arab Arts Festival

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2017 unveils first wave of events

The organisers of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) have announced the first wave of artists and performers for this year’s event.

Programme highlights include an installation by an American-Iraqi artist, family fun in Sefton Park’s iconic Palm House and a one-woman show about Somalia.

Kicking off a series of family events, LAAF will host a public celebration of Eid at Tiber Square on Lodge Lane, followed by a Saturday of Arab-themed activities and live performances at World Museum.

The LAAF Family Day in Sefton Park Palm House will round off the family events with a programme of live music – including a performance by the critically acclaimed Alsarah and the Nubatones – dancing, food and special activities.

City-wide attractions will also tie in with LAAF 2017, such as a concert from Reem Kelani at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s Music Room, a restaging of artist Wafaa Bilai’s ‘168:01’ at FACT and a slate of events based around Arabic literature at Bluecoat.

Unity Theatre will stage two productions in partnership with Liverpool Arab Arts Festival – ‘Crows Plucked Your Sinews’, a one-woman show written and directed by Hassan Mahamdallie, and Hassan Abdulrazzak’s ‘And Here I Am’.

This year’s LAAF, which takes place across the city between 8 and 16 July, is based around the theme of ‘the space between us’ to tie in with Liverpool’s 67-17: 50 Summers of Love season, which celebrates the golden anniversary of the Summer of Love and the release of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ LP.

More information about LAAF 2017 can be found at www.arabartsfestival.com.

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Mark is a journalist at Your Move. He can be contacted via email at mark.langshaw@movepublishing.co.uk or by phone on 0151 709 3871.