Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF), the UK’s longest running festival of Arab arts and culture, returns in July 2021 for its 23rd edition. 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 first wave of festival events encompasses July and August, with events for September, October and November being released later in the year. LAAF’s launch programme features the world premiere of Eating The Copper Apple by poet Lisa Luxx, and in this hour she converses with Laura Brown ahead of her play showing in Toxeth next weekend.
Eating the Copper Apple will take audiences on a journey from West Yorkshire to the borders of Syria in a one-woman show exploring identity, culture and displacement.
Shaped by luxx’s life, the play brings together politics, dreams, loss and fulfilment – asking the big questions about how we become who we are and exploring the intricacies of the mixed heritage experience. At once funny and philosophical, Eating the Copper Apple examines the tremendous impact of displacement on how we view our lives and identities. Funded by the Al-Omar family and Arts Council England, the work was originally commissioned for LAAF 2020 and has been supported by LAAF since its inception. It is a deeply collaborative work by a team of female Arab creatives.
Eating The Copper Apple was commissioned by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and funded through the Al-Omar Family. The work has been supported by LAAF since its inception. It is a deeply collaborative work created by a team of Arab-heritage women artists
Writer, performer, director: lisa luxx
Composer: Nour Sokhon
Visual Designer: Tamara Al-Mashouk
Dramaturg: Diyan Zora
Producer: Alia Alzougbi
Sound engineer: Scarlett Saad
Sound technician: Anya Urban