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Arabian Nights

08/08/2010 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

V&A presents:

Arabian Nights 

Free Art Fun Festival

Celebrate the Arab World with a day packed full of creative family fun

With generous support from the Said Foundation, the V&A have initiated an innovative family learning programme which uses art and design as inspiration to increase appreciation and understanding of Arabic and Islamic cultures. There is a particular focus on Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Iraq.

The programme is comprised of three strands: an annual family festival of Arab culture, an associated network and outreach initiative, and the development of learning resources.

Sunday 8th August 2010 | 10.30am – 5pm
V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Admission free
For more information contact the V&A on:
T: 020 7942 2211
W: www.vam.ac.uk/families

Activities Programme

Dome Improvement!
John Madejski Garden
10.30-13.30 & 14.30-16.30 (12.05-13.00 SSE Interpreted | 14.30-15.30 Arabic Interpreted)
Add a splash of colour, a dash of pattern and help decorate a giant Islamic Dome with your Middle Eastern inspired designs.

Rhythms of the East
Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre
10.15-11.00 & 16.30-17.15
Discover the popular Darbuka drum and play with the Al Farabi Ensemble.
Free, ticketed. Tickets available from the Sackler Centre reception on a first come, first served basis.

A World of Windows
Lunch Room & Art Studio, Sackler Centre
10.30-12.30 & 14.00-1700 (15.35-16.00 Arabic Interpreted | 16.30-17.00 SSE Interpreted)
Design a window inspired by the brilliant colours and dazzling patterns of windows in the Islamic Middle East Galleries.

Arabian Children’s Tales on Film
Seminar Room 1, Sackler Centre
10.30-11.30 & 11.30-12.30|The Thieves of Baghdad | Nippon Animation | Japan | 1975 | 20 mins | Arabic (no English subtitles)
This is a brilliant 52 episodes TV adaptation of the 1001 night tales combining the highly expressive Japanese Manga animation and a very well adapted Arabic script that feels as genuine as if it were an Arabic production. The screening is of one episode only for 20 minutes (11.00-11.20) and will be preceded by an introduction pitched in tone at children, introducing the tales of 1001 nights, the era it was set in and how it links to some of the exhibits at the V&A, and how different authors and cultures contributed to it over many years, the numerous film and TV adaptations of it across the world from the time of silent films to now, reflecting on how one story can be told in so many ways and act as a link between eras and cultures. There will also be a short discussion with the children and parents at the end of the screening about what they have just seen.
13.30-16.00 | The Adventures of Prince Achmed | Lotte Reiniger Animation | Germany | 1926 | 86 mins
This is a German adaptation of the tales of 1001 nights from 1926. It is a silent movie using beautiful shadow puppetry so will present no language barriers and will captivate children. It is also the first full length animated film in the history of cinema and has recently been restored! The film’s running time is 86 minutes but younger children and viewers are welcome to take it in smaller viewings as it is organised in scenes and each one can give sufficient enjoyment to the children in its own right without having to stay on the full length. There will be an introduction and discussion. Actual film running time will be 2pm-3.26pm.
Presented by The Zenith Foundation | www.zenithfoundation.com

Geometric Badge Design
Digital & Design Studios, Sackler Centre
11.00-16.00 (11.00-12.00 Arabic Interpreted |15.15-16.00 SSE Interpreted)
Digitally create pin badges inspired by geometric Middle Eastern patterns.
ID deposit required for loan of a camera.

The Story of the Animal Lawsuit
Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre
11.30-12.00 SSE Interpreted | 13.30-14.00 Delivered in English & Arabic
Listen to Alia Al Zougbi tell this ancient Arabic tale, and join in as an Animal!

Sufi Sounds Live Music
Sackler Centre Foyer
12.00, 12.40,14.00, 14.40 (Duration 20 mins)
Enjoy an atmospheric performance by The Al Farabi Ensemble of classical Arabian music and melodies from the Sufi tradition.

Arabic Henna Design
Seminar Room 2, Sackler Centre
12.30-13.00 Arabic Interpreted | 14.30-15.00 SSE Interpreted
Discover the beauty of traditional Henna body design as professional Henna artist Misha Bistry works her magic in this live demonstration!
There will be a chance to have your hands painted too.

1001 Arabian Nights! The Closing Ceremony
John Madejski Garden
Finish the day’s festivities by stamping your feet and clapping your hands. Join in with a high energy poetry performance accompanied by traditional Arabian music, against the backdrop of your completed Islamic Dome!

All events are free and drop-in unless otherwise specified. Spaces are limited for certain events. Some activities may be subject to change.


10:30 am - 5:00 pm