The Liverpool Arab Arts Festival is an award-winning cultural festival, which has been running on an annual basis in Liverpool since 2002. It features a host of Arabic arts and culture, including music, movies, artists, dancers and performers.
In July 2016, I had the pleasure of helping photograph the festival. I worked both Saturdays and Sundays of the festival, which were the family-oriented days. The four days entailed the following:
Saturday, 16 July, World Museum, central Liverpool
Photographing three events:
- Funoon, a troupe of female dancers, performing a range of traditional Arabic dances
- traditional storytelling by Alia Alzougbi
- Arabic-style large-scale calligraphy by artist Nazir Tanbouli
Sunday, 17 July, Bluecoat, central Liverpool
The 24 July was one of the main family days, which attracts the largest crowds. I was one of two photographers for the day; I was photographing the indoor events, whilst the other photographer was covering the music and dancing in the garden area.
The events I covered were:
- more calligraphy from Nazir Tanbouli
- a dance workshop
- the children’s art corner
- a talk from author Samantha Herron
Saturday, 23 July, Bluecoat, central Liverpool
The one event of the day at the Bluecoat was Migrant Stories, for speakers and the audience to share their personal stories of immigration and previous lives in other countries.
Sunday, 24 July, Palm House, Sefton Park, south Liverpool
The grand finale of the festival, in the beautiful setting of the Victorian-era Palm House in Sefton Park. It’s the most popular day of the festival, with crowds of people coming to watch bands and dancers perform inside the Palm House. Outside, there were stalls selling goods and Alia Alzougbi had a tent for her storytelling.
The day was covered by me and AB Photography, working together to make sure the whole day was captured.
- The Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2016 album on Flickr, which features some of my photos