Souk, Scripts and Soundbites – Arab Weekend at the V&A

Souk, Scripts and Soundbites - Arab Weekend at the V&A

Immerse yourself in Arab art and culture with events for all ages celebrating our new Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art. All events listed here are drop-in and free and suitable for all ages unless stated otherwise.

Middle Eastern Street Food – lecture
11.30 – 12.30
Lecture Theatre
Anissa Helou demonstrates the range of culinary delights offered by the Middle East.

Le Grand Voyage – film screening
13.00 – 14.30
Lecture Theatre
A road trip across Europe to Mecca follows a French teenager driving his Moroccan father on his pilgrimage.
Cert PG

Ahdaf Soueif – Readings & discussion
Sunday only 15.00 – 16.00
Lecture Theatre
Ahdaf Soueif, the critically acclaimed novelist and writer reads extracts from her works.

Mansoojat Foundation Costume Documentary
10.00 – 17.00
Seminar Room 1 (HCW)
Tribal costumes documentary video supporting the Mansoojat Foundation costume presentation.

Calligraphy Workshop
10.00 – 13.00, 14.00 – 17.00
Education Studio
Observe the art of Arabic Calligraphy from making and
using a traditional reed pen to having a go at writing.

12.00 – 12.45, 14.00 – 14.45 & 15.00 – 15.45
South Asia, Room 41
Joshua Gaillemin tells tales from the Arabian

3-D Geometry Workshop
11.00 – 14.00 & 15.00 – 17.00
John Madejski Garden (Lunchroom if wet)
Have a go at constructing and decorating a geometric solid object

Arab Souk
10.00 – 17.00
John Madejski Garden (Raphael if wet)
A wide variety of Islamic art including calligraphy and geometric paintings, ceramics, textiles and woodwork reflecting the influences of Arab art will be on sale and demonstrated in the marketplace.

Arabian Portrait Studio
10.00 – 17.00
John Madejski Garden (Raphael if wet)
Dress up in Arabian costumes and bring your favourite Arab object along to have a portrait taken.

DJ Asif
10.00 – 17.00
John Madejski Garden (Raphael if wet)
DJ Asif plays traditional and fusion Arabian music intermittently throughout the day.

Mosaic Fountain Structure
10.00 – 17.00
John Madejski Garden
Add finishing touches to the mosaic fountain created
by Living Space Arts and Al-farasdaq Arabic school.

Musical Performance
13.00 Saturday & 14.00 Sunday
John Madejski Garden (Main Entrance if wet)
Ehsan Emam performs Arabic songs with beautiful sounds from the oud.

Reem Kelani – Palestinian songs
14.00 – 15.00 Saturday only
John Madejski Garden (Raphael if wet)
Reem Kelani performs Palestinian songs from the Palestine and the Diaspora.

Mansoojat Foundation Costume Exhibition
16.00 – 17.00
John Madejski Garden (Raphael if wet)
A costume parade through the garden of Arabian nomadic tribal outfits by Mansoojat Foundation.

Animation Outreach Project
10.00 – 17.00
Education Studio
View the animations created by City and Islington College. Students were inspired by Islamic architecture and the Jameel Gallery.

Introductory Tours of the V&A
10.30, 11.30, 13.30 & 15.30
Starts at the Meeting Point, Grand Entrance
Discover the history of the V&A and see a selection of highlights – includes a visit to the new Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art.

Further Jameel Gallery events
This weekend is part of a series of events celebrating the opening of our new Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art. Other events include an Iranian Weekend (9 – 10 September), practical courses, study days and an Islamic architecture season. For more information, visit

Region: All
Start Date: 26/08/2006
End Date: 27/08/2006
Start Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum
Venue Address: London
Press Tickets: Not Specified
Sponsorship: Not Specified
Press Tickets:
Name: Meera Hindocha