I was commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to create, direct and edit a short film about the Nour Festival of Arts 2012. It was an amazing experience.

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The Nour Festival of Arts will deliver dazzling contemporary artistic talent from the Middle East and North Africa to London audiences during October- November 2012. For the first time the festival is to expand beyond Leighton House Museum to include a stellar cast of participating cultural organisations.

New festival partners include the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum, the Ismaili Centre, the Mosaic Rooms, Al-Manaar: the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre and The Tabernacle.

The festival also works in collaboration with a host of London and UK partners, including the Arab British Centre, the British Egyptian Society, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, the London MENA Film Festival, London Iranian Film Festival and Arab New Trends Ltd.

The Nour Festival of Arts aims to:

reflect and celebrate the arts and culture of contemporary Middle Eastern and North African regions
promote film, literature, music, visual arts, fashion, dance, cuisine
demonstrate artistic excellence and work that is thought-provoking and challenging

The Nour Festival is coordinated by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and reflects the Council’s commitment to bring the very best international contemporary arts and culture to the borough. Nour which means 'light' or 'illumination' in various Middle Eastern languages – sets out to explore contemporary culture from across the region and North Africa. The festival was inaugurated at Leighton House Museum in 2010, a building that is recognised as being an international symbol of east meeting west.

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