Sunday 8 July


08 July 2018 7pm – 8:30pm

What Do I Know?

Philharmonic Music Room  |  £4.50

Followed by post-show discussion with cast and creative team

Premiering at LAAF, What Do I Know? is a new performance piece looking at the effects of war in Yemen, taking inspiration from the poetry of Amina Atiq and the reflections and realities of Khaled Ahmed, a young, self-taught English teacher living in Yemen. Ana Silvera, an acclaimed composer and singer/songwriter of Syrian Sephardi heritage, provides the sound world of the piece.

What Do I Know? is presented in collaboration with ice&fire theatre, a company which explores human rights stories through performance.

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08 July 2018 1:30pm – 2:30pm

08 July 2018 3pm - 3:45pm, and 4pm - 4:45pm

Artist in Residence: Asia Alfasi

The Bluecoat  |  FREE

Meet British Libyan artist and graphic novelist Asia Alfasi as she creates new manga-inspired works while in residence at LAAF.

During her residency, Alfasi will showcase pieces inspired by her childhood in Libya and her visits to the country during and after the recent revolution. Using the Arab and Muslim aspects of her heritage, she creates stories that provoke cross-cultural dialogue and she invites us to join the conversation.

08 July 2018 10am - 5pm

Tented Dreams

Dickens Gallery, St George’s Hall  |  FREE

Syrian artist Mohammed Amari fled the devastation of the conflict in his country with few worldly possessions, among which were his watercolours and paintings. We are delighted to present a selection of Amari’s moving paintings.

Alongside his works we will be exhibiting artwork by refugees ​from the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, with whom Amari has been working as a volunteer art teacher.

A project made possible by Souriyat Across Borders

This exhibition runs from Saturday 7th July to Friday 13th July, 10am - 5pm everyday

08 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