The judges unanimously chose the LAAF in recognition of the wide range of shows and activities from throughout the Arab World which it organizes during its annual festival, and the large and growing audiences it attracts. Through its concerts, dance shows, art and photographic exhibitions, poetry readings and plays held in many Liverpool venues, and its outreach programmes in schools and other centres, it has introduced Arab culture to many thousands of adults and children, and played an important role in increasing appreciation of Arab life and culture and combating prejudice. The award will be presented at a ceremony in late May.
LAAF Manager Ngozi Ikoku said, “The first Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival took place in 2002 and thanks to our strong partners and the support of the Arabic community it has outgrown all our expectations. We are extremely honoured to be recognised with this Award and for the encouragement it gives to our attempt to bring together a wide variety of people to share and learn about Arabic culture. The Award will only strengthen our resolve to ensure that we continue to deliver a significant national and independent Festival which resonates within the city and far beyond.”