The UK’s largest Arab festival will return 9 to 18 July with events scheduled across online platforms and social media
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) has announced the event will take place online as social-distancing guidelines continue to prevent mass gatherings.
LAAF said: “Liverpool Arab Arts Festival returns from 9 to 18 July but, because of these extraordinary times, this year’s festival will take place online.
“Since mid-March, we’ve been talking extensively with our artists, collaborators and partner venues about what form the festival could take given these unprecedented circumstances.
“Our 2020 festival will still provide an opportunity for us to connect with Arab artists and showcase stories from across the Arab world.
“This year we are separate, but together.”
Established in 1998 and holding its first festival in 2002, LAAF promotes and celebrates Arab culture on a local, national and international level.
Each year, LAAF hosts a celebration of Arab culture and art through music, film, dance, theatre and other events across the city’s venues.
Supported by funders including Arts Council England and Al-Omar Family, it remains the UK’s largest festival promoting Arabic culture.
Taher Qassim MBE, LAAF’s board member, said: “We aim to represent Arab culture and Arab people in a positive way, and to harness that curious ability art has to allow one person, with one set of life experiences, to speak directly to the heart of another.”
But despite being unable to make use of physical spaces, the festival will use digital technology to take the show to the masses.
From Instagram to Vimeo, artists will use a range of the most appropriate digital tools to showcase their work.
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