BBC Arabic Festival 2018

BBC Arabic Festival

World Service

Sunday 22 - Thursday 26 April

The BBC Arabic Festival screens bold and diverse short films and documentaries about the social and political changes taking place in the Arab world today. Now in our fourth year, we have a new focus on digital journalism to explore the changing landscape of our media. Our unique and timely programme includes special talks and exclusive presentations by award-winning journalists and filmmakers as well as music and comedy from the Arab world.

The festival takes place at the iconic art-deco BBC Radio Theatre in central London, between Friday 20 April and Thursday 26 April 2018.

Please take a look at our 17 screenings and events that make up the BBC Arabic Festival week. Tickets are free and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Visit the individual listings for more details about each one.

You can apply for tickets to as many sessions as you like.

Admission to these screenings and events is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that as not everyone who asks for tickets uses them, to make sure we have a full house we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people so please arrive early.


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300 Miles
300 Miles
A narrative of the senselessness of war and destruction.
Sunday 22 April
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Hebron Exposed: A Weapon for Life
Hebron Exposed: A Weapon for Life
A powerful film following the training of a team of teenage activists.
Monday 23 April
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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BBC Arabic: 10 Years of Television
BBC Arabic: 10 Years of Television
Join us as we look back at 10 years of journalism.
Monday 23 April
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Sedition on the Banks of the Tigris
Sedition on the Banks of the Tigris
An eye-opening film made up of unseen footage from the frontlines of the battle against so called-Is cont...
Monday 23 April
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Those Who Remain
Those Who Remain
This documentary focuses on one man’s struggle to defend coexistence on the land he loves.
Monday 23 April
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Digital Journalism Day: A Snapshot for Today: What is Digital Journalism?
Digital Journalism Day: A Snapshot for Today: What is Digital Journalism?
The first of three panel discussions on the subject of digital journalism.
Tuesday 24 April
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Digital Journalism Day: Industry Outlook: How is ‘Traditional Media’ Making its Move to VR and 360?
Digital Journalism Day: Industry Outlook: How is ‘Traditional Media’ Making its Move to VR and 360?
A look at the increasing use of 360 degree reporting.
Tuesday 24 April
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Digital Journalism Day: The Future of Digital Journalism: What Can We Expect?
Digital Journalism Day: The Future of Digital Journalism: What Can We Expect?
Take a sneak peek at a future that only a certain few have experienced.
Tuesday 24 April
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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The Cultural Frontline: Is this a Golden Age for Arab Film?
The Cultural Frontline: Is this a Golden Age for Arab Film?
This special broadcast will come straight from the Festival, where guests will discuss: Is this a go cont...
Wednesday 25 April
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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BBC Arabic Festival Awards Ceremony
BBC Arabic Festival Awards Ceremony
Join us as we culminate the week-long festival by announcing the winners in each category.
Thursday 26 April
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Venue

BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA

Getting there

By Car

Unfortunately the BBC cannot offer parking facilities at this venue. There is some metered parking outside if travelling by car and parking for blue badge holders on Duchess Street.

By Bus

3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 23, 25, 55, 73, 88, 94, 98, 113, 137, 139, 159, 176, 189, 390, 453, C2

By Tube

Oxford Circus (Central, Victoria and Bakerloo lines)

Disabled Access

There is wheelchair access at this venue as well as an induction loop. Refreshments are available for purchase at The Media Cafe which sells hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and alcohol. There isn't a cloakroom.