From lettuce, apricots and local bear to handicraft, music and contemporary art, Palestine has a festival scene that celebrates life’s more beautiful sides on many occasions throughout the year.Read more
Youth have no space to express themselves in Somalia/Somaliland, says photographer and artist Mustafa Saeed. So he created one, in neon and black and white.Read more
More than a tool for reflecting what is, language is also a means of producing the real. It also has subversive potential – the ability to speak new kinds of selves, communities and solidarities into being, to resurrect mute narratives and resuscitate those that are running out of breath.
The night has a special kind of intimacy. A slower pace, a sense that time is moving in other directions. Places turn unfamiliar in the dark; people look different, do things differently. The night is a pause from life during the day, but also a world entirely of its own.
What alternative Middle Easts have existed, are existing and, perhaps one day, could exist within and beyond differently imagined borders? ROUTES brings together narratives that will (literally) guide readers down forgotten, hidden and potential paths to erased, obscured and proposed Middle Easts.
From political satire to absurd jokes, from cartoons to stand-up comedy, amidst the political turmoil, humour is taking new forms across the region.
For the first time ever, Mashallah features new fiction from the region: six emerging writers look at the ‘fate’ and potential futures of the Middle East.
In 2011, the Turkish Telecommunication Directorate tried to ban 138 words from the URLs of Turkish websites. Activists wrote them on the walls of Istanbul.Read more
A small section of the wealth of colourful Palestine-themed Arabic typography and calligraphy posters from Ramallah’s Manara StudioRead more
People from all Egypt’s bedouin tribes, gathered for a festival among the rocks and stones and sand in Marsa Alam.Read more
This is the story of a people who lost their lands. A huge, uneven rectangle which appears greyish and anonymous on many maps, but is called Western Sahara.Read more
Following countries like Lebanon and Egypt, Saudi Arabia’s street art and graffiti movement has been growing in spite of the censorship.Read more