Arabian Nights @ V&A Museum (8 Aug)

arabian1Arabian Nights is a free, one-day family festival celebrating Arab and Islamic culture taking place on Sunday 8 August at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

As part of the V&A’s Free Art Fun programme, it will invite adults and children to learn more about the Arab world through performance, music, design workshops and storytelling. There will be the opportunity to try Middle Eastern drumming, hear classical Arabic music and sample Arabian food.

Activities start at 10.30 and run throughout the day until 17.30.

Dome Improvement!
John Madejski Garden
10.30-13.30 & 14.30-16.30
(12.05-13.00 SSE Interpreted / 14.30-15.30 Arabic Interpreted)
Help Offscreen to bring this giant Islamic Dome to life with your designs inspired by the Islamic Middle East Galleries.

The Story of the Animal Lawsuit
Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre
11.30-12.00 (SSE Interpreted) & 13.30-14.00 (in English & Arabic)
Play the role of an Animal in this ancient Arabic Tale of Animals verses Humans expertly told by Alia Al Zougbi.

Rhythms of the East
Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre
10.15-11.00 & 16.30-17.15
Discover the most popular Middle – Eastern drum & become a Darbuka drum player with the Al Farabi Ensemble.
Tickets available from the Sackler Centre reception on a first come, first served basis

A World of Windows
Lunchroom & Art Studio, Sackler Centre
10.30-12.30 & 14.00-17.00
(15.35-16.00 Arabic Interpreted / 16.30-17.00 SSE Interpreted)

Discover windows filled with brilliant colours and dazzling patterns in the Islamic Middle East Galleries, and then make your very own window design.

arabian2Sufi Sounds Live Music
Sackler Centre Foyer
12.00, 12.40, 14.00 &14.40

The Al Farabi Ensemble presents an atmospheric performance of classical Arabic music and melodies from the Sufi tradition.
(Duration 20 mins)

Geometric Badge Design
Digital Studio & Design Studio, Sackler Centre
(11.00-12.00 Arabic Interpreted / 15.15-16.00 SSE interpreted)

Digitally create your own pin badges inspired by the beautiful geometric patterns of the Middle East.
ID deposit required for loan of a camera

The Zenith Foundation presents Arabian Children’s Tales on Film
Seminar Room 1, Sackler Centre
10.30-12.30 & 13.30-16.30
From the birth of Cinema, the many wonderful tales of 1001 Nights have been adapted for the big screen. Come and watch some of these beautiful films. With Introductions by director, Mona Deeley.

Arabic Henna Design
Seminar Room 2, Sackler Centre
12.30-1300 (Arabic Interpreted) & 14.30-15.00 (SSE Interpreted)
Discover the beauty of traditional Henna body design, as professional Henna Artist, Bisha Mistry, works her magic in this demonstration with live, close-up footage of her designs as they come alive! There will be time to experience having your hands painted after the demonstrations.

The Spice of Life!
John Madejski Garden
10.30-13.30 & 14.30-17.00
Hear all about, and perhaps even sample the special blends of Herbs & Spices used in Arabian cooking from Brigit Erath, expert proprietor of ‘The Spice Shop’.

1001 Arabian Nights! The Closing Ceremony
John Madejski Garden
Finish the day’s festivities by stamping your feet and clapping your hands. This high energy poetry performance is accompanied by Traditional Arabian Music, against the backdrop of your Completed Islamic Dome!