Gallery Girl @ Nour Festival

The Nour Festival is an annual celebration of contemporary arts from the Middle East and North Africa across multiple platforms in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The word ‘nour’ in Arabic translates to ‘light’ in English, which seems apt, as it provides an artistic light as dark autumnal nights are now upon us once again.

Being the daughter of a Lebanese-Armenian mother, I have a personal interest in Middle Eastern culture. The festival challenges stereotypes about the region with a series of films, concerts, exhibitions, lectures and more.

One of the artists participating in the festivities is Tunisian born Nadia Kaabi-Linke, whose show at the Mosaic Rooms questions British culture and its colonial history as well as more contemporary issues such as the rise in CCTV cameras, capitalism and domestic violence. The artist sheds light on a history we may wish to forget and gives us a glimpse into an outside perspective.

However, to read my full review of The Future Rewound and The Cabinet of Souls, you will need to go to the Nour Festival Blog by clicking here.

To see the full programme of festival events click here.

The Nour Festival of Arts runs until 30 November.


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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer and curator. She runs the Gallery Girl blog and has written for After Nyne, Arteviste, Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, ReOrient and Suitcase Magazine. Lizzy recently curated Perpetual Movement as part of Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival 2018 in London, which was featured in Vogue Arabia and The Art Newspaper.

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