Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2017
A warm welcome to Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2017 (LAAF). In our 16th year we proudly continue to play host to the UK’s biggest annual celebration of Arab arts and culture.
The Space Between Us responds to Liverpool’s city-wide 67-17: 50 Summers of Love season, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of 1967 and the release of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
LAAF 2017 titles its theme with a lyric from Within You Without You a track on side 2 of the album written by George Harrison which tells of overcoming the forces that prevent us from recognising what unites the world. This year’s programme is mindful of the vital need to explore those constructs, boundaries and ‘spaces between us’.
Whilst the events, from music to dance, visual art to a food-led celebration are very different, many of them share a common idea of bringing cultures and people closer together. We at LAAF believe in the transformational power of artistic expression and invite all peoples from all walks of life to experience the work of artists from the Arab diaspora who encourage us to think differently and push us to break down what George Harrison calls the ‘Wall of Illusion’ in his song. To see the world as it is and imagine how it could be.
In the spirit of Sgt Pepper and to paraphrase its title track: Let me introduce you to Liverpool Arab Arts Festival. We hope you will enjoy the show!
Taher Qassim MBE
Chair of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival