The kidnapping last week of Hella Mewis, a German art curator and activist, for almost four days intensified Iraqis and foreign nationals’ fears of a “new, difficult era” for artists and intellectuals in Iraq.
The acclaimed Lebanese poet moves easily between modes and languages. She writes for the page but also performs, and she juxtaposes English and Arabic in ways that make both feel new.
When it looked like Covid-19 might force it to cancel, the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival got creative. Nearly all its events will go ahead in digital formats.
Arab celebrities are posting images of themselves in “blackface.” Students are sometimes bewildered about how to participate in the Black Lives Matter movement. Educators must help.
Publishers and literary websites are making it easy to find good reading material from or about the Arab world, with many free offerings to choose from.
Arab writers and scholars whose events literary events had to move online learned some quick lessons in what makes virtual gatherings succeed.
Publishing houses across the Arab region are looking for strategies to survive the effects of canceled book fairs and bookstore closings.
The prestigious prizes could not be presented in person this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the show went on virtually.
Funding groups in the Arab world and elsewhere are offering assistance to artists and other creative workers who face difficulties because of the Covid-19 shutdowns.
With artistic productions shut down by the pandemic, cultural organizations are looking for ways to continue their missions and get support to unemployed artists.