Beep. The router’s on. Welcome to the world of social media, where you can find information, entertainment, excitement and danger and where one window isn’t enough. The eighth annual Festival of Arab Culture will commence in the presence of important academics, cultural activists and diplomats. During the course of the evening, the winner of a literary contest for Czech and Arab writers will be announced and Middle Eastern refreshments will be served. Due to the limited capacity of the venue, please write us an email as soon as possible if you wish to attend.
Facebook has an impact on the daily life of most of us. Let’s hear more about its impact on the Arab Spring. The guests who will debate this topic include sociologist Jan Daniel and analyst Jan Veselý.
The story of this award winning movie by Mohamed Diab takes place in the confined space of a police van in the summer of 2013. Thirty demonstrators from Cairo with different views on religion and society fight for their lives. The film is in Arabic with Czech and English subtitles and will be followed by a discussion. We recommend that you book your place in advance.
Learn to cook like an Egyptian! With the help of an Egyptian Embassy chef, you will learn how to prepare traditional dishes. This event takes place thanks to the support of the Egyptian Embassy in Prague. Due to limited space, online registration is required.
10:00 | Plzen zastavka
Vegetarian snack bar Safyr will prepare a wide range of delicious Arab dishes for breakfast or brunch. Detailed menu and prices can be found on our website under "Programme“. Detailed menu and prizes will be published here very soon.
How is Sufism, or Islamic mysticism, influenced by modern media? Can it preserve its uniqueness? Islamic studies scholar Zora Hessová will talk on the ways of preserving traditions and the contemporary forms of Islamic mysticism, particularly focussing on the Balkans.
Honza Chabr, graduate of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art, will lead an art workshop, in which he‘d like to track the traces that we make in the online and offline world. The participants should bring their phones or laptops. We recommend you to book your spot in advance due to the limited capacity (we expect 20 people for the workshop).
Honza Chabr, absolvent Fakulty designu a umění Ladislava Sutnara, povede výtvarný workshop, kde by rád s účastníky prozkoumal stopy, které každý z nás zanechává v online i offline prostředí. Účastníci nechť si na workshop přinesou svůj mobilní telefon či notebook. Doporučujeme rezervaci předem kvůli omezené kapacitě prostoru. Počítáme přibližně s 20 účastníky na workshop.
Come and taste up to 25 traditional Arab dishes served in a buffet. On top of that, you will get the chance to learn how the dishes are prepared. Limited number of spaces, so please register in advance. The event's partner is delicious shop Koření Od Antonína.
ArabFILMfest: #chicagoGirl (2013)
19:00 | Kulturka ZČU
“I want to show the world what the Syrian regime wants to hide.” A documentary by Joe Piscatell follows the story of courageous student Ala'a Basatneh, who shows the situation in Syria with the help of her friends and Facebook. The story of how to organize Syrian revolution from Chicago. The film will be in English with Czech subtitles and will be screened in collaboration with the One World Festival.
Lines of Freedom: Contemporary Arab Caricature
Freedom of speech and its limits, security and radicalism, active citizenship, political responsibility, tolerance, social problems… You definitely shouldn’t miss the opening of a travelling exhibition of three prominent Arab caricaturists (Abdul Raheem Yassir, Khalid Albaih, Nadia Khiari). In collaboration with the Anna Lindh Foundation for cultural dialogue in the Mediterranean, the organization Insaan and the One World Pilsen Festival.
Arab E -cartoons
18:30 | Moving Station
Welcome to the world where satire meets (self)censorship and self-expression. Sudanese political satirist Khalid Albaih is one of the most popular Arab artists who publish most of their work online. Come and join a Skype conversation to find out the specifics of regional context and the ways to break through in the field of online caricature. The author will be happy to answer all your questions.
Come and take part in a workshop by talented Tunisian artist Inkman and find out what happens when you combine Arab calligraphy and street art. In collaboration with Alliance Française de Plzeň and the Embassy of Tunisia in Prague and the Tunisian Office for Turism.
Professor Ghanim Al-Najjarem of the University of Kuwait is an experienced political scientist and author of studies on human rights. He will join us for a debate concerning human rights in the Gulf countries and in the Nothern Africa. To what extent are our opinions (often shared on social media) accurate or misleading? The debate will be hosted by political scientist Přemysl Rosůlek.
ArabFILMfest: Aminin profil (2015)
What is at first seen as a story of a courageous Syrian gay activist quickly turns into an original piece discussing the power of social media, which can manipulate people’s relationships and identities. A documentary by Canadian director Sophie Derapse. In collaboration with the One World Festival. The screening will be in English with Czech subtitles and will be followed by a discussion with Lukáš Houdek from HateFree Culture.
Saturday afternoon will again offer a wide range of events but this year, we have prepared several new features! Virtually, but in real time, we will take a journey into several Arab countries. The traditional Oriental market will grow, with new stands so you will get the chance to taste delicious Arab cuisine and try to prepare some traditional Palestinian dishes. For the first time, you can take part in a contest for the best Arab soup. You also shouldn’t miss one of the quick lessons in Arabic, Arab calligraphy, Oriental makeup or an animation workshop for kids. For the full programme visit this page. Thank you!
The Grand Saturday Program is being realized under the auspices of the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Prague.
Delicious Lebanese wines presented and offered to you by sommelier Tomáš Blahut. Limited number of places; online registration required.
Two experienced musicians from Palestine will introduce the world of Arab classical music. Percussion, lute and tradition. Let’s be offline for a little while. Seriously. And for the first time in the Czech Republic!
DJ Profesor Ikebara
21:30 | Moving Station
From the Arab World to the Balkans. Music, dance and emotions. Closing ceremony of the eighth annual Festival of Arab Culture.
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