Original poems written by diasporic Yemeni communities in the UK, and presented in both English and Arabic, will be exhibited across venues in Liverpool during the festival for Yemen in Conflict.
Since 2019, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, the University of Liverpool and the University of Leeds have been working in close collaboration on the Yemen in Conflict project. It asks how storytelling might heighten and enhance both political and public awareness of the situation in Yemen, and how this can lead to wider cultural understanding of diaspora and refugee communities in the UK.
The material created so far includes the creation of a new archive of transcribed and translated Yemeni oral poems and stories that addressed themes of conflict and resolution. A series of national workshops led by guest poets brought members of the UK Yemeni communities together to read, write and perform poems. We commissioned four commissioned poemfilms, a digital exhibition as part of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2020, photography and a documentary video.
Poetry is at the heart of Yemen’s culture and this exhibition marks the journey so far. It features contributions by Yemeni communities in Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham and Sheffield, showcasing the creativity of the Yemeni diaspora in the UK.
Read about Yemen in Conflict here
Merseyside Yemeni Community Association, 111 Beaumont Street, Liverpool L8 0XA
Opening times: 12-4pm on Friday 8, Saturday 9, Tuesday 12, Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July
Liverpool ONE, College Lane (by Caffé Nero)
Toxteth Library, Windsor St, Liverpool L8 1XF.
Opening times: 10am – 6pm Monday and Tuesday. 10am-4pm Saturday
University of Liverpool, School of Law & Social Justice, Liverpool L69 7ZR
News from Nowhere, 96 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4HY
Image: No Words by Mariam Al-Dhubhani. Poem by Ahmed Abdul Raqeeb Alkhulaidi
We are delighted to be working with so many great partners for the Yemen in Conflict exhibition. Thanks to Merseyside Yemeni Community Association, Liverpool ONE, News from Nowhere, Liverpool Toxteth Library.