First Young LAAF programme forms part of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival

A number of youth pop-up events have been announced as part of this month’s Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF).

For the first time, a group of 14 to 25-year-olds have come together to research, plan, programme and deliver the special Young LAAF schedule.

Funded by Amal – A Said Foundation Project to promote the voice of young people of Arab culture or Muslim faith – the offering kicks off on 10 July with ‘My ID’.

Taking place at Bluecoat, the spoken word session is open to families and will explore Arabic text through performance and original works from young Arab people in Liverpool.

On 16 July, the Ramadan Nights Photography Exhibition will head to Sefton Park Palmhouse as part of the LAAF Unison Family Day.

The display focuses on the life of young people of Muslim faith in Liverpool during Ramadan and Eid.

The same day and venue will also see a youth choir sing traditional songs from greater Syria and Palestine with acclaimed performer Reem Kelani.

In addition, a Ramadan Nights event will be held for school pupils at Calderstones School as part of the Young LAAF programme.

For the closed event, the Young LAAF group has specially commissioned master calligrapher Moustafa Hassan and the Liverpool Lantern Company to work with 60 pupils in an aim to increase awareness and understanding of Ramadan through Arab arts.

Award-winning photographer Leila Romaya has also been working with young people to create an exhibition which will be premiered at the event.

The city’s wider nine-day LAAF festival gets underway tomorrow (8 July) and brings a host of theatre, music, visual art, dance, literature, film, food and family events.

This year the festival explores the theme of ‘the space between us’ and responds to Liverpool’s citywide 67-17: 50 Summers of Live season of celebrations.

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