Resident Organisations

The Arab British Centre houses and supports a number of organisations whose work relates to the Arab world. Current resident organisations are:

Banipal logo_corner is in independent literary magazine publishing contemporary Arab authors and poets in English translation, presenting both established and emerging Arab writers in English for the first time. The three issues a year include poems, short stories and excerpts from novels as well as author interviews, profiles and book reviews. Banipal Books was established to strengthen and expand the work of the magazine by publishing the works of these authors in book form. Banipal is also involved in live literature events that include Arab authors. The Arab-British Centre is collaborating with Banipal on the establishment of our library of modern Arab literature (BALMAL).

Caabu (The Council for Arab-British Understanding) promotes an enlightened and positive approach to Arab-British relations by providing a forum for politicians, journalists, opinion formers and members of the public to co-operate on issues relating to the Arab world. Founded in 1967, its achievements include organising parliamentary delegations to the Arab world, engaging with the media for fair and informed reporting and reaching out to the next generation by working with young people and teachers in schools. Its mission is to influence, inform and inspire in the fields of politics, media and education in Britain.


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is dedicated to promoting gender equality, women’s rights, the rights of sexual minorities and marginalised groups including refugees and asylum seekers. We are committed to promoting and protecting human rights, and we respect and value dignity of each individual, and encourage diversity, pluralism, non-discrimination, non-violence, equality of opportunity, solidarity, security, and participation of all people, regardless of their religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability and age. We work towards achieving social, political and economic change across the world through research, consultancy services, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy, project design, capacity building, awareness raising and educational programs.

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is the leading critical forum on visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East. Initiated by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation, it was launched at the 54th Venice Biennale as an online publishing platform. Ibraaz now publishes edited readers in print and runs public programmes at institutions across the globe. They have an editorial policy that addresses the formal and conceptual issues underwriting art as a practice and how artists work. In addition, we aim to explore how such practices address and reflect upon the complexities of contemporary life and art practices across North Africa and the Middle East.

Palmusic UK palmusic_logo (Friends of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music UK) is a UK-charity that nurtures the talent and skills of the next generation of Palestinian musicians through the provision of scholarships, instruments and music training. They link British and Palestinian musicians and create opportunities for further education and cultural cooperation between the two countries. In 2013, Palmusic UK brought the Palestine Strings to perform with Nigel Kennedy at the BBC Proms and they are now embarking on producing  the first UK Tour of the Palestine Youth Orchestra in Summer 2016.

Zaytoun is a Community Interest Company founded in 2004 to create and develop a UK market for artisan Palestinian produce. In 2009 it launched the world’s first ever Fairtrade olive oil, a tribute to the hard work of the Palestinian producers and processors with whom it works. In addition to selling artisan produce and promoting an olive tree planting scheme, Zaytoun runs two trips a year to Palestine, taking consumers to meet producers and processors, to work alongside them in the groves and to meet groups in the area working on peace and justice. It also bring producers to the  UK every year for Fairtrade Fortnight. Zaytoun is supported countrywide by very many wonderful volunteers and distributors, as well as selling Palestinian produce direct to retail outlets and through wholesalers. Zaytoun products are available in Selfridges Food Hall, Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic, Traidcraft and a wide network of independent retailers nationwide.