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Arab Women Artists Now

Arab Women Artists Now

Very Loose Women reports from Arab Women Artists Now, a pilot one day festival held in March at the Rix Mix in Shoreditch, showcasing female first and second generation Arab artists.

Arab Women Artists Now was organised by Arts Canteen. We meet Arts Canteen Founder & Director Aser El Saqqa, and Katherine and Emma interview three panel speakers from the day including Irish-Palestinian playwright Hannah Khalil.

Hannah discusses how her Palestinian identity and experience growing up in Dubai has influenced her work; from her Meyer Whitworth Award nominated Plan D and latest play Scenes from 68* Years due to be staged at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston in 2016, to her recent BBC Radio 4 play, Last of the Peal Fishers, which examines the treatment of migrant domestic workers in the Arab world.

Katherine and Emma also meet film curator Yasmin El Derby, currently working with the Nour Festival, and Tania Diggory, founder of Pioneers History Dance, tells us about the social origins of Midd