Coming up: Syria Speaks, Iranian shadows, exclusive film screening

Writing: Syria Speaks

Making sense of what is happening in Syria right now can be difficult, so the Southbank Centre has drafted in three Syrian writers to help interpret the situation. Famed Arabic novelist Nihad Sirees, whose first English language work The Silence and the Roar was published earlier this month. is speaking alongside poet Golan Haji and Robin Yassin-Kassab, author of The Road from Damascus.

Southbank Centre, Purcell Room, Tues 29 January 2013, 7:45pm. Tickets £8, concessions £4 (limited).

Art: Another Time, Another Place

Turn of the century Iranian art underpins the latest exhibition by Rose Issa Projects. Early 20th century glass transparencies from Iran and Iraq sit alongside shadow figures from a 1926 animated film and 19th century Persian photographs.

82 Great Portland Street, 24 Jan – 28 Feb 2013, Tues-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 1-5pm. Free.

Event: Exploring Muslim Cultures across Europe

Includes a screening of acclaimed French film “Hold Back” about a Christian-Muslim relationship, the Fantazia Duo and Algerian musician “King of Rai” Abdelkader Saadoun.

Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, Thurs 31 January 2013, 7pm. Free.

Art: Last of the Dictionary Men

Thousands of Yemeni seamen settled in the small town in the North East of England over the past century. This exhibition features interviews and portraits of 14 sailors from the first generation to settle there.

Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road, 1 Feb – 22 March 2013, Tues-Sat 11am -6pm. Free.

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