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 […]

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, […]

Arab British Centre closed until further notice

17 March '20

17.3.20 Following the official advice to limit interactions and restrict all but essential travel in wake of the increasing Coronavirus threat, we have reached the difficult decision to close the Arab British Centre until further notice. All events, courses and access to the library are postponed in order to better preserve the safety of students, […]

Meet our SAFAR 2020 curator: Rabih El-Khoury

04 March '20

We’re delighted to tell you that we have appointed Rabih El-Khoury as the curator for the SAFAR Film Festival 2020, following an open call last year. Rabih holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Lebanese American University in Beirut and a Masters of Arts in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths University here […]

Award for Culture Winners: Marsm

18 December '19

In September 2019 at the ceremony in City Hall, judge Karl Sharo announced that music events production company Marsm were the winners of the Arab British Centre Award for Culture in the category of Organisations. We caught up with Christina Hazboun, their PR and Communications Coordinator, a few months after the Award to ask what […]