Happy New Year!
Time flies when you’re having fun. Actually, time flies anyway and the Amal team figured that in 2019 we’d like to be present in the things that we enjoy. As you can imagine, that list included a lot of arts and culture.
Instead of resolutions, we like to think of January as a time for remembering our focus. These are a few things we hope to gain inspiration from each month:
- Visiting a gallery or museum, watching a theatre or dance production, or a trip to the cinema. There are a host of events taking place around the UK – check out Birmingham Rep (in one of our Amal hub locations) for a stage adaptation of A Thousand Splendid Suns.
- There’s nothing like trying out something new to get inspiration flowing. Sign up to the Arab British Centre’s Taqasim Music Classes in London.
- In 2019, we’re going to try our hand (or ears rather) at podcasts. First on our list are the Amal-supported podcasts for English Touring Theatre’s The Othello Project. We’re also looking for podcast recommendations, so head over to Instagram and share your favourites.
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Here’s our round-up of a few things worth checking out this January:
Le Trio Joubran
Award-winning Palestinian oud masters Le Trio Joubran return to the Barbican in February with their new record featuring collaborations from poet Mahmoud Darwish and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. Sounds like a treat!
The Monk of Mokha
Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. Read about his incredible story, leaving San Francisco and travelling deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country’s rugged mountains. War engulfs the country and Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.
The Boy at the Back of the Class
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child’s perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense.