PRODUCED BY LIVERPOOL ARAB ARTS FESTIVAL
A new programme led by some of the most exciting Arab artists across the globe, address the most pressing and complexed ideas
ARTS, IDENTITY & SOLIDARITY
18:00 - 17:00 - 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 - 17:00 - 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 - 17:00 - 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?
THE REVOLUTION'S PROMISE
PRODUCED BY CREATIVE DESTRUCTION
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE FREEDOM THEATRE
Creative Destruction, in collaboration with The Freedom Theatre, invites friends, activists and artists around the world to join a global collaboration highlighting the cultural fight for justice, equality and self determination in Palestine.
As part of this initiative we will be creating a script ‘The Revolution’s Promise’, a collection of personal stories from Palestinian artists who have worked on the frontline of cultural resistance. This script will be made available for free for anyone across the globe to stage readings or performances.
In the next year we aim to connect to anyone--individuals and organisations--interested in staging a performance or making their own creative response.
We hope you will join us in this global uprising set to begin in one years time on the 4th April 2021, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the murder Juliano Mer Khamis, Artistic Director and Co-founder of The Freedom Theatre.
If you are interested in joining the collaboration or staying updated on further developments please email: with TRP in thesubject or stay tuned on social media.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO
CREATED BY WALEED AKHTAR & ZOE LAFFERTY
'How do we know when we need to be braver or when something is just a terrible idea?'
Want to do something to fight the climate crisis but not sure where to start? Terrified of being branded a hypocrite, a public laughing stock or destroying your relationship with your family?
From prosecution, to a political campaign, and a shot gun wedding this personal journey explores joining the fight against the climate crisis and all the things that go wrong when you take action without thinking.
Funny, absurd and often painful, this personal narrative holds no answers but is an excellent place to start if you don’t want to make some terrible mistakes.
‘Hypocrite’ - Jim Norton, Dailymail
Sound Design by Annie Fletcher
Light Design by Joseph Ed Thomas
A work in progress, made with the help of friends and the assistance of the audience.