Shokran, Merci! Playlist by Rosa Pérez

13 April '18

Dear all, Today is my last day at The Arab British Centre after three wonderful years working here and almost five since I set foot in this incredible building for the first time. I have learnt loads since then, professionally and personally. I feel blessed to have been able to work in what I love […]

Six Days at the Sporting Club: A Beirut Gem

07 February '18

In the summer of 1956 (…) I frequented Sporting Club, a new beach club just below Eden Roc, built on the rocks with a spirited café, numerous sunbathing areas, and a bar. “Sporting,” as it was known, had several inlets into which the sea flowed, and where when the water was not too rough, one […]

Interview with calligraphy master Hassan Massoudy

29 January '18

Interview with calligraphy artist Hassan Massoudy on his exhibition ‘Hassan Massoudy: Breath, Gesture and Light’ at October Gallery, London By Rosa Perez “Through my art and my choice of humanist texts in my work I hope to bring a bit of hope, peace and tolerance to our society.” Hassan Massoudy  On Wednesday 24 January 2018, […]

A wonderful whirlwind trip to Tunis by Hannah Khalil

19 January '18

As anyone who watched my acceptance speech for the Arab British Centre Award for Culture will know – I was shocked to win the prize. I still am. But it all became real on 12 January when I boarded a plane to Tunisia to attend the Arab Theatre Institute’s 10th theatre festival there, as part […]

IN 2017

22 December '17

IN 2017 WE TURNED 40! 2017 marked 40 years since the founding of The Arab British Centre on 13 July 1977. Watch the film about our history here and about our 40th Anniversary Celebration and Award for Culture here. WE TRAVELLED Our Chairman and Executive Director participated in ‘Making Impact through Philanthropy’ at the British […]

Today is #givingtuesday!

28 November '17

Today is #givingtuesday! Giving Tuesday marks the first day of our #givingmonth campaign where we ask our followers and friends to support us and our collective mission to further friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the United Kingdom and the Arab world. Your donations make our activities and programmes possible at a time […]

Winner Hannah Khalil on receiving The Arab British Centre Award for Culture 2017

14 July '17

I’m beginning to bore people with my insistence that I’m shocked to have been given the Arab British Centre’s Award for Culture 2017. But it is true. When you are nominated alongside luminaries like Reem Kelani, Ahmed Masoud, Issam Kourbaj and Elhum Shakerifar you don’t expect to be taking home a prize. I showed up for […]

Celebrating Safar’s Success – Video

31 January '17

SAFAR 2016 was a huge success in 2016.  We look back at the festival with an exclusive video looking at Arab cinema after the Spring. Watch below! The Arab British Centre’s Safar film festival – the only festival in the UK focused solely on Arab cinema – returned to the ICA in London from 14-18 September […]

The Arab British Centre 2016 Review

21 December '16

Dear friends, What a year it has been for the Arab British Centre! Between our cultural programming, receiving awards, introducing new courses and welcoming new residents, 2016 has gone by in the blink of an eye. Here’s a quick recap of all the great things that took place throughout the year: Back in February we […]