And the Arab British Centre Award for Culture 2017 Goes to...

Published July 15th, 2017 - 12:44 GMT
You and your fellow nominees do us proud. (Arab British Centre)
You and your fellow nominees do us proud. (Arab British Centre)

A few days ago, we turned the spotlight on the Arab British Centre Award for Culture 2017 shortlist. The award, which seeks to promote Arabic culture abroad, is a prestigious one, an opportunity for Arab artists and organisations to stand in the spotlight for their contributions to culture.

And now the winners—one organisation, and one individual—have been announced. But first, a reminder.

The shortlisted individuals were: 

  • Reem Kilani: A Palestinian singer and musicologist with a fascinating and varied career, including a performance at the Albert Hall. More here

  • Hannah Khalil: Irish-Palestinian writer Hannah Khalil’s works have won her critical acclaim from the likes of The Daily Telegraph and have been widely performed. More here.

  • Issam Kourbaj: Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj has trained in Damascus, St. Petersburg, and London. He was Artist in Residence at Christ’s College and a Bye-Fellow, where he is now the Lector in Art. More here.

  • Ahmed Masoud: A Palestinian writer and director, Masoud is the author of Vanished: The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda and plays like The Shroud Maker. More here.

  • Elhum Shakerifar: An award-winning producer behind efforts like A Syrian Love Story, Shakerifar’s productions have been aired all over the world, including the Dubai Film Festival, and have been nominated for prestigious awards like the BAFTA. More info here.

The shortlisted organisations were:

  • Arts Canteen: Founded by a former cultural events organiser in Palestine (including the first ever international music festival in Gaza in 2010), Arts Canteen works to promote London's Arab diaspora arts scene. More info here.

  • Comma Press: A non-for-profit publishing specialising in short stories, Canteen seeks to “put the short story at the heart of contemporary narrative culture and to celebrate the power of the form to transcend boundaries.” More info here.

  • Marsm: Marsm showcases high-quality music performances and productions, and has put shows on Barbican, Kings Place, Islington Assembly Hall, Cadogan Hall, Scala, O2 Academy, The Royal College of Music, Manchester and Corporation Sheffield. More info here.

  • The Mosaic Rooms: A non-profit art gallery and bookshop that promotes Arabic culture in London through film screenings, art exhibitions, supper clubs, and more. More info here.

  • Qisetna: Talking Syria: A non-profit organisation cultural and social initiative created to respond to international narratives of the Syrian crisis, Qisetna: Talking Syria aims to humanise and give firsthand accounts of Syrians to British and international publics. More info here.

And the winners are...

Hannah Khalil, the Irish-Palestinian playwright, and Arts Canteen. Congratulations to both!

The winners will receive the opportunity to develop international support networks through the British Council, as well as a £2,500 cash prize.

Congratulations to the winners—and, of course, the nominees. And much thanks, as always, to the lovely work the Arab British Centre does.


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