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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: Welcome to Lahore!

(L-R Ali Kamran; Dr Khalid Jan; Ryan Van Winkle;

Highlight Arts are in Lahore to work on a translation project with Sang-e-Meel and the British Council in Lahore. Ryan and Dan tell us how it’s going so far


More Recent News

Nov 2014

Glasgow to Lahore – New Poems in Translation

Highlight Arts is excited to be working with four poets on a poetry translation project in Lahore, Pakistan together with Sang-e-Meel publishers and supported by British Council. We are coordinating a week of poetry translation workshops with two poets based in Lahore, and two poets based in Glasgow. Following the workshops new poetry produced will [...]

Nov 2014

Readings from Syria Speaks

18 November 2014 | 19.30pm | Chelsea Theatre £10 | £8 (concessions) In Syria, culture has become a critical line of defence against tyranny. The new anthology Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline showcases the new writing which documents and interprets the momentous changes that have shifted the frame of reality so [...]

Sep 2014

Highlight Arts Launch Event

Please join us on October 2nd at the Scottish Storytelling Centre as we shed our ‘Reel’ and become ‘Highlight Arts’!

The event is FREE and will feature live music, film and poetry with collaborators old and new including Shooglenifty, Krystelle Bamford, singer Kaela Ewan, Syrian writer Golan Haji, DJ Dolphin Boy plus films by director Roxana Vilk and some specially curated Arctic shorts.

Jun 2014

This Room is Waiting: Edinburgh Launch

We’re delighted to announce the launch of This Room is Waiting: Poems from Iraq and the UK on 30th June, 6.30pm at Word Power Books in Edinburgh featuring  poets Ghareeb Iskander, John Glenday and Krystelle Bamford. We will also be showing some short films made by the award-winning film-maker Roxana Vilk, about some of the [...]

May 2014

Syria Speaks Tour

Join Syrian artists and writers at events in London, Bristol, Oxford, Liverpool, Bradford & Durham, for readings and discussion of cultural resistance in the country. The line-up will include award-winning Damascus-based novelist Khaled Khalifa, cinematographer and video artist Khalil Younes, writer and filmakmer Zaher Omareen, and authors Malu Halasa and Robin Yassin-Kassab. 11th – 16th June 2014.

  • Guest Blog

    Vicki Feaver:

    Found in Translation, a reflection on the process


    Steven J Fowler:

    The Arbil suite: a history of Erbil


    Nia Davies:

    The poetry of the interpreters


    Zhawen Shally:

    New Times in Life with Reel Arts


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