SAFAR 2016 is presented by The Arab British Centre in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), and supported by the British Council and The Corinthia Hotel London, and takes place 14 – 18 September 2016.

About the ICA:

Founded in 1946, the ICA seeks to embrace the urgency surrounding contemporary art and culture. Continually looking forward, the ICA lays claim to an extraordinary legacy, being home to the Independent Group, as well as playing a pivotal role in the development of Pop Art, Op Art and Brutalist Architecture. It charted the course of Punk, Performance, Independent Cinema and Young British Art, while showcasing numerous international artists, from Yoko Ono to Gerhard Richter. The ICA has always supported interdisciplinary practice, encouraging artists to experiment and explore unresolved ideas. Comprising film screenings, exhibitions, talks and events, the ICA Programme can be experienced at the institution’s base on The Mall, via their website and social media, or as ‘Off-Site’ projects at alternative venues, nationally and internationally. The ICA has a longstanding fascination with the evolution of Pop culture in our mass digital age.

The ICA is a registered charity no. 236848    




 About the British Council:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 16 per cent of our turnover which last year was £973 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.

For more information, please visit: You can also keep in touch with the British Council through  and



About Corinthia Hotel London:

Housed within a Victorian building, 294 rooms including 40 suites and 7 penthouses offer sweeping views across London’s most popular landmarks. Corinthia Hotel London provides unrivalled world-class luxury with superb ground floor offerings including The Northall restaurant, serving the best in British produce throughout the day; modern Italian cuisine at Massimo Restaurant & Bar and the musically inspired Bassoon Bar. The new Garden Lounge offers all-day dining options in an exotic David Collins Studio designed garden landscape, and a comprehensive cigar and spirits menu for late night entertaining.

Corinthia London is also home to the flagship ESPA Life at Corinthia, a next-generation spa housed across four floors, together with a hair salon by Daniel Galvin. The hotel boasts the largest room sizes in London, original restored Victorian columns and tall windows that let in swathes of natural light. Cutting edge technology in rooms and meeting rooms allow for recording, mixing and broadcasting from dedicated media rooms.

Corinthia London is a 21st century grand hotel located in the heart of London, created by experts with a passion for craftsmanship and an understanding of world-class service. Corinthia London is the ninth of Corinthia Hotels’ collection of five-star hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta.  For more information visit or visit Twitter @corinthialondon or Instagram #corinthialondon.


About  Zaytoun:

Zaytoun is a UK social enterprise importing and selling fairly traded Palestinian produce. Harvested and prepared by hand, our products are a creative response to the story of loss of land and livelihood under occupation. Our flagship product, and raison d’etre, is Palestinian Fairtrade olive oil, we also sell Medjoul dates from Jericho, organic maftoul, freekeh, Om Al Fahem almonds, za’atar and Nablus olive oil soap. For more information visit:


About The Arab Weekly:

The Arab Weekly newspaper reaches western & Arabic audience that are influential as well as being affluent. From Europe to the Middle East and North America, The Arab Weekly talks to opinion formers and influential figures, providing insight and comment on national, international and regional news through the focus of Arabic countries and community. It covers: Politics, Economy, Society, Culture and Travel from the Middle East and around the world. For more information visit:

the arab weekly

For further information on programme and materials please contact Sarah Bemand / T:0207 739 8203