Cultural Education Programme 

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival’s Cultural Education Programme works with Arab artists to develop workshops to be delivered in Primary and Secondary schools in the Liverpool City Region. 

Since 2021 we have worked with six artists who have led workshops in schools. These include poetry with Amina Atiq (Yemen/UK); Dabke Dance with Sylvia Ferreira (Syria/UK); music with Saied Silbak (Palestine/UK); DJing with Jacques Malchance (Italy/UK) & Saliah Bryan (Lebanon/UK); and visual arts with Jessica El Mal (Morocco/UK). 

Since it began in 2021 the programme has worked with over 1,000 school children in the Liverpool City Region. The workshops have been warmly welcomed by the schools. They are pitched in a fun, friendly and creative way, which introduces children to Arab culture and the Arabic language. 

To quote Amina Atiq: “We are not here to teach you the Arabic language, we’re here for you to experience it through our culture.” 

“Year 6 enjoyed a workshop with Chris and Amina. We discussed identity and how we can express our identity through poetry.” – St Anne’s Primary 

“These workshops were ideal for our aims as they covered our passion for literacy and creativity. Also the Arab culture was something our children and staff were not very familiar with.” – Rudston Primary 

“School demographic is low numbers of pupil premium children and children are mostly White British. We are dedicated to showing our children the world outside Childwall. We want our children to understand the lives of other economic circumstances, religions, cultures as well as issues around disability, sexuality and gender. We are committed to this not being tokenistic or part of one off special weeks or days but rather an integral part of our curriculum that takes place all year and every day.” 

– Jessica Cavanagh, Assistant Head Teacher 

If you would like to hear more about the LAAF Cultural Education Programme in 2022 you can contact Education Producer – Chris Herstad Carney on or call (0151) 702 7765 

Image gallery of workshops in 2022

Traditional Arabic clothing
Learning Arabic phrases
Musician Saied Silbak leads assembly
Artist Amina Atiq starts class
A Palestinian keffiyeh
Musician Saied Silbak introduces the Oud
Musician Saied Silbak introduces the Oud