REVIEW: Returning to a Homeland Through Art and Remembrance

16 May '24

In April 2024, the Arab British Centre, Shubbak Festival and the Foundation for Art and Psychoanalysis organised a trip for the Young Shubbak collective to visit Issam Kourbaj’s exhibition Urgent Archive at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge. Young Shubbak is a collective of 18-26 years old artists, curators, producers and creatives who programme multi-art form events […]


24 April '24

In collaboration with the SAFAR Film Festival, Palestinian filmmaker Saeed Taji Farouky will lead a free two-day project development workshop on 15 and 16 June 2024 for up to six early-career Arab filmmakers (or filmmakers working on projects connected to or inspired by the Arab world.) Applicants must apply with a film idea in mind, […]

OPEN CALL: SAFAR Futures Young Programmers 2024

22 February '24

The SAFAR Film Festival is the largest festival in the UK dedicated to cinema from the Arab world. First launched in 2012, the festival screens in London and in 8 other cities across the UK, with a programme of around 30 films.   SAFAR Futures is our strand of activity that focuses on developing the next […]

REVIEW: The Soil and The Sea

22 February '24

The Soil and The Sea: Fragments in the Wake of Dissonance – Unveiling Lebanon’s Forgotten Mass Graves Directed and produced by Daniele Rugo in collaboration with Carmen Hassoun Abou Jaoude and NGO Act for the Disappeared Review by Marwa El-Asri With thanks to Yara El Murr and Curzon Soho for tickets to the screening. The screening took […]

Interview with Sir Derek Plumbly, former Chair of the Board of Trustees

06 December '23

After seven years as Chair and reaching the end of his term, Sir Derek Plumbly has stepped down from the Board of Trustees of the Arab British Centre. Sir Derek first joined the Centre as Chair in 2016 after being recommended by then-Board member Brian Constant who knew him from his time at the Foreign […]

Palestine Resource List: Donate, Visit, Watch, Read, Listen

20 October '23

We have compiled a list of resources exploring Palestine: its history, its culture and its struggle. This list of course only covers a tiny fraction of that which is out there, but we have tried to include some that are free, which are widely available (e.g. on Netflix), which focus on Gaza specifically, or which […]

Our Statement on Palestine

20 October '23

We at The Arab British Centre have been deeply distressed at the appalling events of the past two weeks. Our hearts now are with the people of Gaza – civilians who are suffering a brutal siege, aerial bombardment and displacement, many of them now without shelter, without medical support or access to the basic essentials […]

REVIEW: A Symphony for a Common Man

20 September '23

A Symphony of a Common Man points to the violent consequences of military intervention and the importance of figures like Bustani who are willing to stand firmly for what they believe in, even if it means standing alone in a big crowd.

REVIEW: 3eib Launch Party

18 September '23

The launch event was certainly a masterclass in community and authentic expression, crafted in such a way as to feel inclusive and attractive to those from outside SWANA as well.

REVIEW: Alexandria…Why?

15 September '23

Film is an escape for Yehia, an artistic practice where he can pour his passion. His friends may focus on romantic entanglements and going to parties, but he has a different path. Although his middle class family expects him to pursue a more traditional career, he has an undeniable gift for acting and performing. While war closes in around him, he is determined to make his way to the United States - increasingly against the odds.