Liverpool Arab Arts Festival returns from 9-18 July, but, because of these extraordinary times, this year’s festival will take place online.
The annual festival provides a platform for Arab arts and culture. Since mid-March, organisers have been talking extensively with artists, collaborators and partner venues about what form the festival could take given these unprecedented circumstances.
The 2020 festival will still provide an opportunity for us to connect with Arab artists and to also showcase stories from across the Arab world.
We may not be able to gather in physical spaces – like theatres, galleries and performance rooms – but this does not mean LAAF cannot provide a platform for artists and creatives. This festival a diverse array of work will be showcased via online platforms, from Vimeo to Instagram, that have been chosen in dialogue with the artists and that are most appropriate for each work.
Many festival highlights are formed through celebrating with each other, through dance, performance and shared experiences. Across the Arab world, there are stories of those who are disconnected, who may be quarantined, or are under curfew, yet who find ways to connect with each other and reach out to the world through arts and culture.
This year we are separate, but together.
Full programme unveiled in the coming weeks.
Founded in 1998, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival is a 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.
Showcasing the richness of Arab culture through a packed programme of visual art, music, dance, film, theatre, literature and special events.
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