Tag: Liverpool

The Trace Of The Butterfly during LAAF 2019. Image: AB Photography

Festival Marketing Assistant

Download the Job Description: LAAF Festival Marketing Assistant

Reporting to: Marketing Coordinator
Salary: £3,000 fee.
Working hours: 16 hours (2 days) per week.
Must be available leading up to and during the festival period 9 – 18  July. Hours will increase during festival period with rota to be agreed in advance.
Location: The LAAF office is based at Bluecoat in Liverpool. Festival events will take place at leading cultural venues across the city.
Contract duration: 40 days from w/c 13 April until 31 July 2020 (fixed-term.)

Founded in 1998, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) is a registered charity delivering arts and community programmes that bring diverse cultures together, increasing appreciation and awareness of Arab culture and arts at a local, national and international level.

Our year-round programme of events and community projects includes Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, established in 2002 and still the UK’s premier annual Arab arts festival.

Each year, our festival brings a thrilling celebration of Arab culture to venues across the city and showcases the richness of Arab culture through a packed programme of visual art, music, dance, film, theatre, literature and special events.

About the role:
LAAF is looking to recruit a Festival Marketing Assistant to play a key role in delivering marketing for this year’s festival.

You will be an excellent communicator who enjoys working both independently and closely with a team. You will be skilled in using social media and updating websites, while possessing strong attention to detail. This is an excellent opportunity to develop your marketing skills and experience while working within a busy festival environment.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage LAAF’s core social media platforms, including planning, creating and scheduling content.
  • Regularly update and create content for LAAF’s website using accessible copy.
  • Ensure LAAF festival events are posted on online listing sites.
  • Support the Marketing Coordinator in PR activities.
  • Ensure GDPR compliance with photograph and video documentation at all events.
  • Work with our partner design agency to disseminate printed marketing material.
  • Comply with Audience Agency reporting criteria and support audience data capture activities at LAAF events.
  • Work with various partners to promote events (in line with GDPR and relevant partnership agreements) to help increase audience reach.
  • Any other duties and responsibilities as required to ensure the success of LAAF’s core festival.
  • Commit to Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity and LAAF’s equal opportunities policy and procedures.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum one year’s experience of working in a professional marketing role.
  • Minimum six months’ experience of managing a professional social media account.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills evidenced in Microsoft Office and competency in using WordPress content management system.
  • Experience of using Mailchimp or a relevant marketing tool.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups and people.
  • Must be available during festival period.
  • A flexible and proactive approach to work, including ability to work occasional evening and weekends (when agreed in advance.)
  • Sensitivity in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to work in a high-pressured festival environment.


  • Ability to speak and understand written and spoken Arabic.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Arab/Muslim culture and faith.
  • An understanding of cultural sensitivities in relation to image and copy editing and translation.
  • Experience using Adobe software (e.g. Photoshop.)
  • An understanding of marketing strategies.
  • Experience of working with festivals or large-scale cultural events.

How to apply:

Please submit your CV along with a covering letter (maximum 1 side of A4) demonstrating your suitability to the role in relation to the job specification.
If you would require this document in any other formats, please contact us using the email address below.
LAAF is committed to widening access in the arts. We particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community as this group is currently under-represented in the arts.

Email your CV and covering letter to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Festival Marketing Assistant’.
Closing date: 5pm, Monday 23 March 2020.

Interviews will be held in Liverpool the week commencing 30 March.

Image: The Trace of the Butterfly: A Tribute to Rim Banna | Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room at LAAF 2019.

Yemen in Conflict: The role of popular literature in conflict resolution

The next poetry workshop will be hosted by Ahmed Alkhulaidi at: Channel View Centre Jim Driscoll Way Grangetown, Cardiff, CF11 7HB.

The workshop will take place on Saturday 16th November 2019 from 14:00 to 16:00.

We encourage anyone who is interested in poetry and spoken word to come along and get involved in the local workshop. Spaces are limited to twelve participants, so be sure to sign up soon. If you require further information or are interested, please send an email to Taher Qassim at [email protected]

About the project

The University of Liverpool and the University of Leeds, in collaboration with the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, are looking for people who are passionate about Yemen, its poetry and spoken word. We are producing a series of poetry workshops throughout the UK, working with the Yemeni community. The work created from these workshops will be used as part of a multimedia exhibition that will launch at the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in 2020.

The workshops will be hosted by a local poet from each city in which the workshop will take place. The poet in that city will use works collected from Yemeni poets concerning the topic of conflict and its resolution as an inspiration to start the workshop. The poet and the project lead will facilitate the session to encourage responses from participants attending the workshop, using the spoken and written word to create new bodies of work. In this way, the work produced locally, nationally and internationally will create a dialogue about the situation in Yemen through poetry and spoken word.

It’s important to us as an arts festival to understand what you, our audience, thought of our events.

Our festival survey is designed to get a little information about you as an audience member and to get your feedback. The information is purely used for evaluation purposes and is not shared elsewhere. The data we generate from the survey helps us understand how our festival is working and is also used to generate funding.

It should only take two minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Create your own user feedback survey

Yasmin Ali

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and OUTPUT gallery are delighted to announce that Yasmin Ali has been selected for a solo exhibition during the festival.

Exhibition by Yasmin Ali

Evening reception: Thursday 4 July, 6-9pm
Free admission

This year, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival has teamed with OUTPUT gallery to platform a local artist and support them in producing a solo exhibition of their work here at the gallery. Selected from an open call, Yasmin Ali is an artist and curator of Somali heritage, born and raised in Liverpool. Her work focuses on the exploration and celebration of diverse identities. She works with a variety of mediums such as photography, poetry and film. This is Yasmin’s first exhibition with OUTPUT and Liverpool Arab Arts Festival.

OUTPUT gallery is accessible via four steps. A wheelchair ramp can be requested by pressing the bell outside our front door. OUTPUT shares bathroom facilities with the Kazimier Gardens next door who have recently fitted a wheelchair accessible bathroom that can be used during their opening hours. It also has an agreement with the Premier Inn for gallery visitors to use their accessible facilities.

32 Seel St, Liverpool, L1 4BE
Open 11am-6pm daily