News: Liverpool Arab Arts Festival returns

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) returns this month for its 23rd edition! And to celebrate, we’re doing a series of special shows to coincide with the festival throughout its 4 month duration. 

The multi-artform programme of live and online events is an artist-led response to the complexities of the climate emergency in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region today. The dire impact of the climate crisis is already being disproportionately felt in the MENA region, an area which has faced unprecedented climatic events in recent years. From performance to visual art, LAAF 2021 will provide a platform to express the lived experiences of those often excluded from climate conversations, while addressing interconnected issues such as imperialism, climate justice and capitalism.

This year’s programme will include a mix of physical and online events, continuing LAAF’s mission to celebrate the best in Arab arts and culture, while connecting physical audiences in Liverpool with digital audiences around the world. In response to the global pandemic, the 2021 festival is for the first time expanding from its usual two-week period to a longer festival, spanning almost four months from July to November. The first wave of programming (July – August) includes the world premiere of Eating The Copper Apple by poet lisa luxx; Grounds for Concern, a new installation by visual artist Jessica El Mal, Trauma Then, Trauma Now by Youcef Hadjazi at the Royal Standard; the premiere of Blue Spaces by music collective يھ Heya; and a new film programme running throughout the festival.

Tune into our first Arab Arts Festival radio show this Saturday (17th), where Laura Brown will be in conversation with Lisa Luxx to discuss the world premiere of Eating The Copper Apple