SAFAR Film Development Workshop: Meet the Participants!

14 September '20

We are delighted to announce the 6 early-career filmmakers that have been selected to take part in the Arab Film Development Workshops hosted by SAFAR co-founder, Saeed Taji Farouky. These two-day project development workshops bring together early career Arab filmmakers or filmmakers working on projects connected to the Arab world. Created as an intensive and collaborative experience, participants receive in-depth mentorship exploring […]

Get Involved: Beirut Relief Initiatives

17 August '20

We stand in solidarity with our friends, partners, colleagues and everyone in Beirut following last week’s devastating explosion that left more than 300,000 people homeless and countless businesses in ruin. We have been in awe of the strength and resilience of the Lebanese people and the ways in which artists and the cultural community have […]

Press Release: SAFAR is going digital!

14 August '20

Press Release: SAFAR Film Festival announces digital programme, SAFAR From Home, to mark what would have been its fifth edition this September London, 12.8.20  For immediate release  The Arab British Centre is excited to announce that this year’s SAFAR Film Festival – the only festival in the UK dedicated to pan-Arab cinema – will be taking place virtually from 13 […]

SAFAR Film Festival Open Call: Film Development Workshop

27 July '20

Image credit: still from Moments by Nadia Emam, Directed by Brett Chapman, poem written and performed by Nadia Emam In collaboration with the SAFAR Film Festival, Palestinian filmmaker Saeed Taji Farouky will lead a free two-day project development workshop on September 19 & 20, 2020 for up to six early / mid career Arab filmmakers […]


15 July '20

The Arab British Centre is pleased to offer an exciting twelve month paid internship for a graduate with excellent communications skills and interest in arts and culture from the Arab world.   The Communications and Projects Assistant will support the Arab British Centre team with the successful promotion and delivery of the Centre’s programme of artistic […]

Open Call for Making Marks: Connect ME Digital Residency

19 June '20

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5 JULY 2020 | 23:00 GMT+1 Open Call for Connect ME Summer Residency PDF Read the Open Call and Apply in ARABIC   The Arab British Centre in partnership with the British Council is pleased to announce a brand-new digital opportunity for artists of any creative discipline aged 18-30 based either in the […]

News: British Film Institute funding awarded to support SAFAR Film Festival

16 June '20

The Arab British Centre is delighted to announce that it is one of the independent exhibitors being supported by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) COVID-19 Resilience Fund.  After months of discussions with our curator Rabih El-Khoury and our partner cinemas, we reached the heartbreaking decision to postpone this year’s edition of SAFAR, the plans for […]

Video: Preparing to Learn Arabic with Jacob Halpin

26 May '20

Watch the recording of our Zoom event in May with author Jacob Halpin, whose new book, 13 Ways to Make a Plural: Preparing to Learn Arabic, offers advice and tips for those at the beginning of their language studies.

Thinking about learning Arabic during the lockdown?

11 May '20

Ahead of his online event with us on 19 May, Jacob Halpin, author of “13 Ways to Make A Plural: Preparing to Learn Arabic”, offers his advice for those thinking about learning Arabic during the lockdown. Our activities look likely to be restricted for some time and many people are using the extra time to […]

Arab Cinema Online: a watch-list by Saeed Taji Farouky

15 April '20

We are surrounded today by uncertainty, loneliness, and fear. If, like me, you turn to cinema to sooth your soul, challenge your assumptions, and open your eyes, I hope you can find something in this collection that fits your current state of mind. I’ve put together a list of notable contemporary Arabic films, available online, […]