As Festival Programme Manager I have produced the last three editions of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival.
Founded in 1998, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and registered charity delivering arts and community programmes that bring diverse cultures together, increasing appreciation and awareness of Arab culture and arts at a local, national and international level.
Each year, the festival brings a thrilling celebration of Arab culture to venues across the city and showcases the richness of Arab culture through a packed programme of visual art, music, dance, film, theatre, literature and special events.
Our most recent 2021 festival was an artist-led response to the complexities of the climate emergency in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region today. It ran from 16 July – 14 November 2021.
In response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, we repurposed our annual festival to hold our first digital festival (9 – 18 July 2021)
The theme for the 2019 festival was “Shadow and Light”. Inspired by the UK premiere of Beau Beausoleil’s reaffirming exhibition Shadow and Light, which LAAF brings to the Baltic Triangle’s Northern Lights hub (6 – 14 July), the theme addresses how society must reflect on all aspects of lived experience to explore where we are.
For more information about LAAF visit: www.arabartsfestival.com