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 […]

Interview with Ahmed Najar, writer and director of ‘Project 51’

24 November '16

‘Project 51’ 26 November 7:30 pm followed by Q&A chaired by Dr Aimee Shalan at Rich Mix, London. By Rosa Pérez Tell us a bit about Project 51. How did you come up with the idea? The idea came to me after seeing the way the media reports on news coming from the Middle East […]


21 September '16

The Arab British Centre is excited to announce a new course: Islamic Art and Architecture in Central Asia and Iraq: A Journey to the Legendary Cities of Baghdad, Samarqand and Isfahan We speak to the course leader Roberta Marin, to find out more about her interest in Islamic art and what students can expect from […]

‘Starve your Dog’ Review by Yamina Mechri – Safar Film Festival 2016

16 September '16

‘Starve your Dog’ is screening on 18 September 2016 at 6 pm at ICA, London, as part of Safar Film Festival. You can read more information and buy your tickets here ‘Starve your Dog’, Morocco, 2015, directed by Hicham Lasri. Review by Yamina Mechri Reconciliation and forgiveness seem to be the first questions raised in […]