From Liverpool to London
In case you missed it, our first partnerships announcement included Khayaal Theatre Company, Greenbelt Festival and Southbank Centre. And we’re delighted to welcome to the list the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, London’s very own Bush Theatre, and last but not least, Tamasha.
There’s more to come, but for now you can read about these inspiring arts organisations here:
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) is the UK’s largest annual celebration of Arab arts and culture. Each summer, LAAF attracts both local and global audiences to a programme of events centred around visual art, music, dance, film, theatre, literature and family-friendly events. Founded in 1998 by Liverpool Arabic Centre and the Bluecoat, the festival has become a highly popular and permanent fixture in Liverpool’s art and culture calendar.
This year, LAAF takes on the theme ‘The Space Between Us’, which responds to Liverpool’s city-wide 67-17: 50 Summers of Love. LAAF will partner with Amal to develop Young LAAF – a personal development and participation programme to engage young people (aged 14-25) in developing their own Young Arab Arts Festival. The project will take place within the LAAF programme, placing young people from local Arab communities at the heart of the annual festival.
The Uxbridge Road is one of the most diverse roads in Europe and has been Bush Theatre’s home for the last 6 years. The Bush has produced hundreds of ground-breaking premieres since its inception in 1972 – many of them Bush commissions – and hosted guest productions by leading companies and artists from across the world. This year, Bush Theatre partners with Amal to bring you the ‘Hijabi Monologues’, a space for Muslim women to share their stories with diverse London audiences.
The Hijabi Monologues originated in the USA in 2006, and since 2012, the British Council have developed Hijabi Monologues Europe, gathering and performing local stories from across Europe.
Bush Theatre, supported by Amal, will run a story contest for local Muslim women and partner them with experienced theatre professionals from their team and beyond to help craft and perform their individual stories, ranging from the comic to the profound. The Bush will also host four performances of the Hijabi Monologues later in the year.
Amal is partnering with Tamasha for Re-Fuel, a project that will send four emerging Muslim playwrights, supported by young professional theatre directors, into four inner London secondary schools to develop a new short play. Through a series of imaginative drama exercises, students will work with the writer and director to develop characters and build storylines of their own imagining. All four schools will come together to perform the plays to a public audience at a professional venue later in the year.
Founded in 1989, Tamasha is Britain’s foremost touring theatre company producing new plays inspired by the diversity of our globalised world. Tamasha’s approach is boldly investigative and located along ‘cultural fault lines’, leading the debate around the meeting points and multiple narratives of contemporary Britain and beyond.
With many of our partnership events fast approaching, we will have a full calendar of events up on our website soon – so watch this space! Sign up to the newsletter here to stay up to date.