PRODUCED BY LIVERPOOL ARAB ARTS FESTIVAL
A new programme led by some of the most exciting artists from the MENA region, addressing the most pressing and complexed conversations of this moment.
ARTS, IDENTITY & SOLIDARITY
18:00 - 19:00 - FRIDAY 10th JULY
Identity brings with it much complexity. No one has just one identity including race, heritage, class, sex and gender. This can impact our experience and the art we create. It can also have consequences for artists and their communities. Expressing who you are, what you believe in and where you are from can be fraught with tension, risk and threat.
How we can build a community to support each other, celebrate difference and strengthen solidarity across countries, cultures and communities?
I AM HERE, ARTISTS WORKING UNDER ISOLATION
18:00 - 19:00 - WEDNESDAY 15th JULY
As independent artists around the world feel the impact of the coronavirus we explore the isolation that Arab artists already face due to borders, censorship, war and imprisonment and how they navigate these obstacles. There is often little funding, and little support from institutions or government.
As part of this we look to launch a global campaign, I Am Here, identifying artists in the MENA region and diaspora and their work across the globe. As a festival and with partner organisations, our focus is in the importance of visibility in sharing understanding and empathy.
CONFLICT, COLONIALISM & THE CLIMATE CRISIS
18:00 - 19:00 - FRIDAY 17th JULY
How is the climate crisis affecting communities that are already experiencing the destruction of their environments and land due to conflict and colonialism?
How are artists in the MENA region approaching these multiple narratives around crisis whilst creating space to imagine a better future?