• Family Day


Sunday 15 July


15 July 2018 12:30pm - 5pm

Family Day

Sefton Park Palmhouse  |  Free

LAAF’s festival finale is back and bigger than ever! Family Day will showcase some of the hottest talent in Arab music, with cultural cuisine, traditional crafts and fun activities!

Performances for 2018 include Simo Lagnawi & Gnawa London, who will bring the music of formerly enslaved black Africans to life, celebrating its unstoppable expression of freedom and liberation in the stunning setting of the Palm House.

The London Syrian Ensemble, a collective of some of Syria's finest musicians based in the UK, return to the festival for a second year to perform with special guest vocalist Osama Kiwan. Out of the detritus of war they bring the sounds of Syria to life through classical and traditional music from the region.

Back by popular demand, boundary breaking Danish-Palestinian percussionist Simona Abdallah will also bring the beat of her Arab Darbuka drum to Family Day, performing a fusion of ancestral Arabic rhythms, House, and Electronica.

Along with these exciting live performances there will also be engaging family activities including face-painting, children’s crafts and interactive storytelling sessions with LAAF storyteller in residence Alia Alzougbi, who will be sharing folktales from the Arab world.

There will also be a range of stalls selling Middle Eastern food and goods. 

15 July 2018 9am - 9pm

It Was Paradise

Winter Gardens, Mann Island (Outside Open Eye Gallery)  |  FREE

British artist Rachel Gadsden was awarded an Unlimited International commission in 2017 to collaborate with Palestinian artist Ali Saeid Ashour. The outcome is It was Paradise.

Located in London, Liverpool and the West Bank, and inspired by Palestinian poet and author Mahmoud Darwish’s poem Under Siege, the collaboration addresses global concerns about migration, the lingering flight of refugees, as well as the isolation of disabled and bereaved people. The project is exhibited on display stands outside Open Eye Gallery.

It Was Paradise - In Conversation takes place 8th July, 1.30pm - 2.30pm - more details can be found here

This exhibition runs from Saturday 7th July to Sunday 15th July, 9am - 9pm everyday