top of page


Music, visual art, performance, comedy, film, and more by women artists from the Arab World

AWAN is produced by Arts Canteen 

Founder & Director: Aser El Saqqa

we are:

“A platform

for people's stories”

– Al Jazeera on AWAN 2016

"I wanted to provide a platform for Arab women artists to reclaim their bodies, reclaim their experiences, and reclaim their narratives as part of a wider attempt at increasing understanding of the Middle East and the Arab region" Joud Halawani Al Tamimi, Exhibition Curator, 2017

Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) is the UK’s only contemporary multi-arts festival dedicated to showcasing Arab women’s artistic work, taking place each March, to coincide with International Women’s Day across venues in London and beyond.


Produced by Arts Canteen, the festival showcases work in venues across London including Rich Mix, Royal Albert Hall, Grand Junction and the Arab British Centre, celebrating and promoting high quality female artists from the Arab world and diaspora the cross-arts festival features music, literature, visual art, theatre, comedy and performance, along with a series of workshops and development opportunities for emerging artists.

bottom of page