After photographing the festival for the first time last year, I returned this year to photograph Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2017. And, yet again, it was an absolute blast.
This year, I photographed two days of the festival: Eid on the Square and the family finale day at the Palm House in Sefton Park.
Eid on the Square
Eid al-Fitr is the Islamic religious holiday celebrating of the end of Ramadan. Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2017 kicked off on Eid with a day of music, dance and food at Lodge Lane in south Liverpool – Liverpool’s main Muslim quarter. There were traditional Arabic music bands, dance performances (including some of the most beautiful, colourful dresses I’ve seen in a long time), storytelling, stalls and food. Particularly popular were the food tours, hosted by Sarah Al-Hamad, an expert in Middle Eastern cuisine. She took visitors around some of the restaurants and food outlets in Lodge Lane. The lucky guests got to sample food from countries as far afield as Lebanon and Malaysia (and yes, I did join in … yum!).
Finale day at the Sefton Palm House
A week later, on the Sunday, was the festival’s ever-marvelous finale day at the beautiful Palm House in Sefton Park. Included in the lineup were the London Syrian Ensemble, storyteller extraordinaire Alia Alzougbi and headliners Alsarah and the Nubatones. It really was a day filled with dancing, eating, music, laughter and fun.