Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival (LAAF) 6-15th July 2012

Liverpool Arabic Arts festival is celebrating it’s eleventh year  and is the only festival of its kind in the UK.  The festival shows us the Arabic Culture through comedy, music, dance, performance,  art, workshops, exhibitions, debates and poetry. So there is something for everyone to experience and enjoy.

Razanne Carmey, Executive Director

The festival’s new Executive Director, Razanne Carmey said that there is a unique partnership between the city and its art communities that would be the envy of many major cities not only in the UK but also internationally.She went on to say that this year the LAAF celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and its ability to transform hardship into dance and song, into comedy, into beauty.

One of the highlights of the events is the solo piece from the ballet dancer Ayman Safiah taking place at St Georges Hall’s small concert room on 14 July. The talented young dancer has been dubbed ‘The Arab Billy Elliot’ and has just been snapped up by dance guru Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventure. 


Also on that day, in St George’s Hall is the New York based comedienne and actress Maysoon Zayid performing in her show ‘Laughing Widely’.

The unity theatre will be showing actor Nadim Sawalha’s play Rest upon the Wind and the Philharmonic Hall will host the world premier of the Alif Ensemble’s new music bringing together musicians from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt and Iraq for a blend of acoustic and electronic sounds.

There is also the annual family day at Sefton Park.

It’s Liverpool and what a celebration of culture we have in our city.

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