Arts Canteen

Arts Canteen is London-based company which is committed to a wider vision of cross-cultural collaboration, with a particular focus on The Arab World.

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Established in 2010, we curate and produce events, exhibitions and festivals that support emerging, mid-career and established artists from the Arab world and surrounding regions, bringing their work to new audiences in the UK and beyond. We now have an international reputation for excellence and innovation in our work. Winners of The Arab British Centre Award for Culture 2017! We work with UK-based educational, non-profit, arts and outreach organisations to facilitate the exchange of art and ideas across social and geographical boundaries.

We are keen to work in partnership with a wide range of organisations and individuals. Past and current partners have ranged from universities to local arts organisations such as South Bank Center, Rich Mix, The Arab British Centre, The Union Chapel, St Martin in the Fields, The Royal Albert Hall, The Tabernacle, Dubai Opera (UAE), De Centrale (Belgium) and Institut des Cultures d’Islam (France).

We have also been commissioned to produce events and have served as a partner in major festivals such as the Nour Festival, Shubbak Festival, Eid on the Square (Mayor of London), The London African Music Festival, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, Mosaiques Festival among many others.

Our programme of activities includes:

*AWAN Festival : showcasing exceptional and emerging Arab Female artists

*Arabs Are Not Funny : our comedy series that challenges stereotypes and introduces new audiences to Arab-led work
Arts Canteen explores: our multi-arts series that allows artists to tackle the big issues of our times, including climate change, mental health, technology, politics & religion, migration & identity

Arts Canteen develops: our year-round development programme, including mentoring, training and performance platforms for emerging UK-based Arab artists.

Arts Canteen remixed: our performance series that takes a fresh look at ancient traditions including Arab Christmas, Ramadan Nights and Arab Flamenco.



participating in

  • WOMEX 2021
  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2015
  • WOMEX 2014
  • WOMEX 2013
  • WOMEX 2012
  • WOMEX 2011
  • WOMEX 2010


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