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Welcome to Reel Festivals

Reel Festivals collaborates with artists working in areas in conflict to celebrate diversity, build solidarity and create dialogue with audiences internationally. We organise live events to explore alternative stories through direct interaction and shared experiences. Previous events have focused on Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan, with a central focus on poetry, music and film.

 

 

Latest News: Reel Arts returns to Erbil

Erbil Streets

We are delighted to announce that we will be returning to Erbil to coordinate a series of translation workshops before the Niniti Literature Festival in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. The festival will take place from 22 – 24 April, in collaboration with Art Role and the British Council. We’re in Iraq right now for the launch [...]

 

More Recent News

11th
Feb 2014

Poetry from Iraq at the Mosaic Rooms

Poetry From Iraq DISCUSSIONS / SCREENINGS / READINGS 20 February 2014, 7pm Reel Festivals is delighted to be participating in an evening of screenings, discussion and readings reflecting on recent poetry from Iraq at The Mosaic Rooms. In 2013 the Reel Iraq Festival held workshops in Erbil as part of the Erbil Literature Festival (in [...]

 
22nd
Aug 2013

Reel Iraq: The Golden Hour at Edinburgh International Book Festival – Summary

We were honoured to be invited to take part in the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year as part of the Jura Unbound events.

Reel Iraq presented The Golden Hour, a cabaret of poetry and music from and for Iraq on 19th of August. The evening began with an introduction from Reel Festivals literary coodinator, and Golden Hour founder Ryan Van Winkle. Following this we were joined by Iraqi poet Ghareeb Iskander and Scottish poet John Glenday, who read his translations of Ghareeb’s poetry, including the incredible ‘Gilgamesh’s Snake’. Following this the hugely talented actress Dina Mousawi presented a deeply moving excerpt from her play ‘Return’.

A key element of the night was the participation of Baghdad based poet Sabreen Kadhim. Sabreen read a number of her works with translations provided by Krystelle Bamford and Jen Hadfield. This was then followed by William Letford presenting his translations of Iraqi poets Awezan Nouri and Zaher Mousa.

The night wound up with a packed Speigeltent full of people dancing to the hypnotic sounds of Iraqi choobi, courtesy of Matti Tuza and Walid Kamal.

 
18th
Aug 2013

Sabreen Kadhim at Edinburgh International Book Festival

We are very happy to welcome Sabreen Kadhim to the UK for Reel Iraq events. Sabreen took part in a reading and discussion at Wordpower books in Edinburgh on 17/08, and we are very thankful to Sarah Irving for recording it. You can see a video of it below and read more about the event on Sarah’s website: http://sarahirving.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/poetry-from-iraq-and-scotland/

Sabreen will be reading as part of Reel Iraq: The Golden Hour at Jura Unbound, Edinburgh Book Festival. Full details below:

‘Revel in a special evening of contemporary Iraqi culture, to mark ten years since the invasion of Iraq, with poetry, theatre and music. Featuring acclaimed Iraqi poets Sabreen Kadhim (coming direct from Baghdad) and Ghareeb Iskander, accompanied by new translations from renowned Scotland-based poets Krystelle Bamford, John Glenday, Jen Hadfield and William Letford; compelling theatre from Dina Moussawi and Iraqi Choobi dance music.’ https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/jura-unbound-8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB9f3KeygrA

 
7th
Aug 2013

Reel Iraq at Edinburgh International Book Festival

We’re very proud to be bringing Reel Iraq to this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival on 19th August: ‘Revel in a special evening of contemporary Iraqi culture, to mark ten years since the invasion of Iraq, with poetry, theatre and music. Featuring acclaimed Iraqi poets Sabreen Kadhim (coming direct from Baghdad) and Ghareeb Iskander, accompanied by new translations from renowned Scotland-based poets Krystelle Bamford, John Glenday, Jen Hadfield and William Letford; compelling theatre from Dina Moussawi and Iraqi Choobi dance music.’ https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/jura-unbound-8

 
8th
Jul 2013

Poets from Reel Iraq 2013

Poets from Reel Iraq 2013 – Listen to interviews with the Iraq based poets Sabreen Kadhim, Ghareeb Iskander, Awezan Nuri and Zaher Mousa, along with Scottish based poets Krystelle Bamford, John Glenday, Jen Hadfield & William Letford. Recorded in Shaqlawa and Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan in January 2013. Many thanks to the Scottish Poetry Library for [...]

 
 
 

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Reel Festivals is a Firefly International project. Firefly International aims to encourage dialogue and communication through the arts, and is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. For more information please visit www.fireflyinternational.org

  • Address: Reel Festivals, c/o Firefly International, PO Box 67864, London SE24 4AU, UK
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