Interview: Ali Al-Jamri on Between Two Islands, Poetry by Bahrainis in Britain

14 April '21

Between Two Islands, edited by writer and poet Ali Al-Jamri, is a multilingual poetry anthology showcasing the talent of the UK’s Bahraini community. Over a series of online workshops, thirteen Bahrainis living in the UK gathered each week to express their unique diaspora community experience and learnt how to read and write poetry. Together, they […]

Interview: Bahia Shehab on You Can Crush the Flowers, A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution

10 February '21

Lebanese-Egyptian street artist, designer, and art historian Bahia Shehab’s latest book You Can Crush the Flowers: A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution documents the 18 days of the Revolution in 2011. Her book marks the ten-year anniversary of the revolution and tells the stories that inspired her own artwork and those of her fellow-revolutionaries. As an artist and activist, Bahia combines visual […]

Arab Film Development Workshop 2021: Meet the Filmmakers!

17 December '20

We are delighted to announce the 5 early-career filmmakers that have been selected to take part in the Arab Film Development Workshop Online Edition, hosted by SAFAR co-founder, Saeed Taji Farouky, in January 2021. This two-day project development workshop, funded by the Film and TV Charity, brings together early career Arab filmmakers or filmmakers working […]

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 […]

Open Call: SAFAR Film Development Workshop

27 July '20

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 ( or filmmakers working on projects connected to or inspired by the Arab world. Applicants must apply with a […]


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 […]