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Artists | Ideas | Now - Egypt and the Climate Crisis

Artists | Ideas | Now - Egypt and the Climate Crisis

By Liverpool Arab Arts Festival

How can art and activism raise the profile of the climate emergency?

As global leaders arrive in Egypt for Cop27, Artists | Ideas | Now in an eight-part audio series, we hear from Egyptian artists and those with Egyptian heritage, who are using the arts to address the most pressing and complex conversations behind the crisis.

Produced by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, in partnership with Artists on the Frontline, and supported by The Space and Arts Council England with funding from the National Lottery.

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Yasmine El Rashidi - Place
Yasmine El Rashidi - Place
Yasmine El Rashidi is the author of The Battle for Egypt: Dispatches from the Revolution and Chronicle of a Last Summer a coming-of-age novel that was long-listed for the 2017 PEN Open Book Award. She is a regular contributor to the The New York Times and The New York Review of Books, and a contributing editor to the Middle East arts and culture quarterly Bidoun. Read more about Yasmine El Rashidi and follow her on Twitter @YasmineElrashidi Artists | Ideas | Now is produced by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in collaboration with Artists on the Frontline. The series was supported by The Space and Arts Council England with funding from the National Lottery. The producers are Laura Marie Brown and Zoe Lafferty. Executive Producer is Sarah Fortescue. Subscribe, Review and Share this series 
21:04
November 06, 2022
Miray Sidhom – Protest
Miray Sidhom – Protest
Miray Sidhom is an Egyptian-born writer, theatre-maker and performer.  Her practice combines elements of film, soundscapes, poetry and movement to create socially engaged, thought-provoking performances. She produces work that confronts social issues whilst celebrating duality and her cross-cultural experience.  Miray‘s writing has been featured in LegalAliens’ audio series Things I Am Not, and the Black Gold Arts Zine.  Her debut solo show THE BREAD WE BREAK explored Egypt’s suppressed history of political uprisings, and is currently short-listed for ‘Best Performance’ at The Manchester Culture Awards. Miray is a founding member of experimental theatre company ClusterFlux Collective, creating innovative performances which respond to our contemporary context in playful ways. @clusterfluxcollective @flux_cluster Clusterflux The Things I Am Not Artists | Ideas | Now is produced by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in collaboration with Artists on the Frontline. The series was supported by The Space and Arts Council England with funding from the National Lottery. The producers are Laura Marie Brown and Zoe Lafferty. Executive Producer is Sarah Fortescue. Review, Subscribe and Share this series 
18:01
November 05, 2022
Aya Tarek – Street Art
Aya Tarek – Street Art
Aya Tarek is renowned for the giant murals painted in public spaces, whether in their home town of Alexandria, in 2011 during the revolution and most recently in countries including Brazil, USA & Geneva.  Aya’s constant pursuit of finding new ways to engage the public and drive for artistic independence has taken them from canvas to murals, digital art to 3D-motion graphics, feature films and creating Egypt’s first art collection for an NFT marketplace. ayatarek.com @queenofazarita2 Artists | Ideas | Now is produced by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in collaboration with Artists on the Frontline. The series was supported by The Space and Arts Council England with funding from the National Lottery. The producers are Laura Marie Brown and Zoe Lafferty. Executive Producer is Sarah Fortescue. Review, Subscribe and Share this series 
20:19
November 04, 2022
Yara Mekawei – Sound
Yara Mekawei – Sound
Yara Mekawei has always had a passion for recording the sounds around her. An artist, scholar, electric musician, and producer of Radio Submarine she draws inspiration from the dynamic flow of urban centres and the infrastructure of cities. The music you hear on this series is Yara’s, Feed on Wasted Energy is from her LP 1963. www.yaramekawei.com yaramekawei.bandcamp.com Artists | Ideas | Now is produced by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in collaboration with Artists on the Frontline. The series was supported by The Space and Arts Council England with funding from the National Lottery. The producers are Laura Marie Brown and Zoe Lafferty. Executive Producer is Sarah Fortescue. Review, Subscribe and Share this series 
18:08
November 03, 2022
Adham Faramawy – Nature
Adham Faramawy – Nature
Adham Faramawy is an artist based in London.  Their work spans media including moving image, sculptural installation, and print, thinking through issues of materiality, touch and toxic embodiment to question ideas of the natural in relation to marginalized communities.  They lecture at both Goldsmiths University, London and Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. In 2018 they presented a show on the body and VR for BBC Radio 4, in 2019 they premiered their video piece ‘Skin Flick’ at a screening at Tate Britain dedicated to their work.  They were shortlisted for the Jarman Award in both 2017 and 2021.  Their work has been exhibited in solo shows at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, Niru Ratnam Gallery, London, in group shows at Whitechapel Gallery, Somerset House, and Serpentine Gallery and in 2022 they performed their first live work as part of the Serpentine Ecologies program ‘Back to Earth’. adhamfaramawy.com Insta/Twitter: @adham_faramawy Artists | Ideas | Now is produced by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in collaboration with Artists on the Frontline. The series was supported by The Space and Arts Council England with funding from the National Lottery. The producers are Laura Marie Brown and Zoe Lafferty. Executive Producer is Sarah Fortescue. Review, Subscribe and Share this series 
19:51
November 02, 2022
Hazem Header – Dance
Hazem Header – Dance
Hazem Header is an Egyptian contemporary dancer and choreographer.  With a BA of Physical education, studies of Personal training, Biomechanics and Kinesiology and a long career as a personal trainer and volleyball coach, Hazem decided to focus on contemporary dance in 2009. Hazem studied at the governmental center “Cairo Contemporary Dance Center (CCDC)” at Cairo Opera House. There he gained experience in choreography. In 2013 Hazem founded his own dance company ‘ NÜT Dance Company’ (NDC); NÜT Dance Company is a Cairo established & legally recognized entity that produces and creates contemporary dance, physical performances & culture events. @Hazemheader_NDC www.facebook.com/NUTDanceCompany facebook.com/breakingwallsfestival Artists | Ideas | Now is produced by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in collaboration with Artists on the Frontline. The series was supported by The Space and Arts Council England with funding from the National Lottery. The producers are Laura Marie Brown and Zoe Lafferty. Executive Producer is Sarah Fortescue. Review, Subscribe and Share this series
16:23
November 01, 2022
Sarah Rifaat – Community
Sarah Rifaat – Community
Sarah Rifaat is an Egyptian graphic designer, photographer, theatre performer, and environmental and climate activist.  Sarah was the Arab World Co-ordinator for 350 and participated in the first Arab Youth Climate Movement. Sarah founded Khoyout Troupe which uses theatre as a tool for development and social change. @sarahspeakstome @sarahrifaat Artists | Ideas | Now is produced by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in collaboration with Artists on the Frontline. The series was supported by The Space and Arts Council England with funding from the National Lottery. The producers are Laura Marie Brown and Zoe Lafferty. Executive Producer is Sarah Fortescue.
17:42
October 29, 2022
Nadine Abdel Ghaffar – Cultural Heritage
Nadine Abdel Ghaffar – Cultural Heritage
Nadine Abdel Ghaffar is the curator and founder of Art D’Égypte.  Creating work with sustainability in mind, her organisation works to preserve and create access to cultural heritage whilst presenting a contemporary view of Egypt to the world. Art D’Egypte @artdegypte Artists | Ideas | Now is produced by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in collaboration with Artists on the Frontline. The series was supported by The Space and Arts Council England with funding from the National Lottery. The producers are Laura Marie Brown and Zoe Lafferty. Executive Producer is Sarah Fortescue.
13:31
October 28, 2022
Trailer for Artists | Ideas | Now - Egypt & the Climate Crisis
Trailer for Artists | Ideas | Now - Egypt & the Climate Crisis
An 8 part podcast series talking to artists from Egypt and of Egyptian heritage about climate, crisis, environment, protest and change.  Artists | Ideas | Now turns to the country’s creatives to ask: How can art and activism raise the profile of the climate emergency? In this audio series, we hear from eight Egyptian artists and those with Egyptian heritage, who are using the arts to address the most pressing and complex conversations behind the crisis. From creating desert sculptures that can be seen from space, to reawakening dance culture, we discover how creativity can spark change. Conversations take us on a journey through the history of protest, tackling the urgent and unspoken issues that underpin climate disaster, from colonialism to censorship and the destruction of cultural heritage. Featuring artists from literature, performance, visual, street, sound art and more, as a global climate summit begins, this series presents the voices of those leading creative solutions that not only protect the environment but fight for a fairer, more just and equal world. Artists | Ideas | Now is produced by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in collaboration with Artists on the Frontline. The series was supported by The Space and Arts Council England with funding from the National Lottery . The producers are Laura Marie Brown and Zoe Lafferty. Executive Producer is Sarah Fortescue. Episode List  Yasmin El Rashidi – Place Miray Sidhom – Protest Aya Tarek – Street Art Yara Mekawei – Sound Adham Faramawy – Nature Hazem Header – Dance Nadine Abdel Ghaffar – Cultural Heritage Sarah Rifaat – Community Podcast Artwork Design – Salt and Sister Studio To read mor4e about this series and Artists | Ideas | Now visit arabartsfestival.com
02:55
October 27, 2022