THE Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival has scooped a prestigious national prize for its outstanding promotion of Arab culture to the to the British people.
The Arab British Culture & Society Award 2010 was given to the Bluecoat-based festival in recognition of the “wide range of events and activities from throughout the Arab world which it organises during its annual festival, as well as the large and growing audiences it attracts”.
Through its arts and cultural programme held in a variety of Liverpool venues, and its outreach work in schools and other centres, the LAAF( for that is its acronym) has been praised for introducing Arab culture to many thousands of adults and children, and for playing an important role in increasing appreciation of Arab life and culture and combating prejudice.
The £5,000 award, from the Arab British Centre, adds kudos to the event - the only one of its kind in the UK - which has grow in stature and international recognition since its inception in 2002.
It beat nine other shortlisted candidates and will be presented with the award at a ceremony in late May.
LAAF Manager Ngozi Ikoku said: “ We are extremely honoured. The award will only strengthen our resolve to ensure that we continue to deliver a significant national and independent festival which resonates within the city and far beyond.”
This year’s festival will take place between 2-11 July at venues across the city and promises a further vibrant taste of Arabic music, dance, literature, film, food and culture. A full programme will be launched soon. and will be sponsored by Unison North West.
Taher Qassim MBE, Chair of Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, said: “I am immensely proud that the diversity and richness of Arabic culture is being seen to flourish in Liverpool. It is a testimony both to the enterprise of the Arab community within the city and the energy of the city as a whole that this Festival continues to grow year after year into the most vibrant celebration of Arab culture in the UK if not Europe.
“We warmly invite you to come along this July, to enjoy and take part in the festivities from across the Arab World and its diaspora.”
Festival and ticket information: www.arabicartsfestival.co.uk or call 0151 702 5324
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