Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival was founded in 1998 by Liverpool Arabic Centre in association with the Bluecoat to provide Arabic arts and culture in Liverpool. The inaugural festival took place in 2002. It runs each year as a celebration of all facets of Arabic culture and to promote understanding of Arabic culture among Arabic and non-Arabic audiences in Liverpool and the north west. LAAF has grown rapidly since its foundation and remains the only festival of its kind in the UK.
In recent years, LAAF has developed partnerships with major arts institutions in Liverpool, including Picturehouse at FACT, National Museums Liverpool and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
LAAF’s provision of high quality Arabic cultural events since 2002 has culminated in an Arab British Centre’s Culture & Society Award 2010 for outstanding contribution to the British public’s knowledge and understanding of the life, society and culture of the Arab people.
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