The D.C. Arab Literature Festival is coming to your screens this May


The festival is organised by Abu Dhabi Festival.

Calling all bookworms, a two-day virtual literary festival is being hosted by Abu Dhabi Festival this May.

Running from 17 to 18 May, Narrating The Middle East: The D.C. Arab Literature Festival, will feature leading Arab and diaspora writers, poets, publishers and experts on the literature of the Middle East as well as panel discussion on exploring new writing from Arab world.

There will be prominent speakers and artists taking part in the festival including Emirati poet and filmmaker Nujoom Al-Ghanem, Rasha Abbas, Isobelle Abulhol, Kareem James Abu Zeid, Zaina Arafat, Lana Barkawi, Zeina Hashem Beck, Matthew Davis, Lynn Gaspard, Nathalie Handal, Lisette Jaquette, Yasmina Jraisati, Ursula Lindsey, Dunya Mikhail, Ahmed Naji, Karen Phillips and Marcia Lynx Qualey.

The festival is the first in a series of cultural programs organized by MEI in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival.

Speaking on the announcement, Her Excellency Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of ADMAF, Founder and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Festival, said; “We are pleased to partner with the Middle East Institute to deliver a unique literature festival that presents the work and experiences of Arab writers both at home and abroad.

“The two-day online event gives readers all over the world an opportunity to gain insight into the cultural significance of Arab literature from the established and emerging authors of the region, while highlighting the important role cultural diplomacy plays in connecting people through enlightening experiences and cross-cultural dialogue.”

The event will take place via Zoom link.


For more information visit Middle East Institute Arts and Culture.


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