The Arab British Centre Award for Culture is Tomorrow!

Published July 12th, 2017 - 10:35 GMT
Woo! (Arab British Centre)
Woo! (Arab British Centre)

The Arab British Centre announced its two shortlists for the Arab British Centre Awards for Culture last week. This year’s list is especially newsworthy, as the July 13th celebration tomorrow marks the fortieth anniversary of the Arab British Centre’s founding.

The Arab British Centre award was founded in 2008 in order to promote contemporary Arabic culture in the UK; the award also financially supports organisations and individuals at the dawn of early in their careers. Winners will receive £2,500 each and a British Council travel grant that will provide unique networking opportunities in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, or Qatar.

The shortlisted individuals are: 

  • 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 are:

  • 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.


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