AWAN Festival 2023: Iraq in Focus

18 March '23 at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us on to celebrate the remarkable apprenticeship programme between five UK-based Arab creatives and emerging female artists from Baghdad.

During this event, you will see some of the artwork created by artists so far, hear their stories and connect with them through a live stream at Rich Mix.

This year-long project, initiated by Arts Canteen and The Station (Baghdad), aims to empower Iraqi artists to take their practice to a new level. The project paired 5 Iraqi and 5 British artists together to create a mentorship programme which helped develop the skills of emerging Iraqi female artists and create new exciting work from a range of artistic practices including photography, music, animation, design and digital art.

The artists include:

(UK) Alaa Alsraji, Sally Souraya, Farida Eltigi, DJ Luma and Lara Kobeissi

(Iraq) Yusur Mokdad, Niga Salam, Mena Hadad, Yusur Mokdad and Raz Kamaran

The Station is an independent, non-governmental organisation in Iraq that helps young entrepreneurs and artists get their careers off the ground.

This project was funded by the British Council’s International Collaboration Grants.

The evening is presented by Arts Canteen


Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA


Arts Canteen

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