BBC Arabic Festival 2019

BBC Arabic Festival

World Service

Friday 22 - Wednesday 27 March

The BBC Arabic Festival is an annual programme of international short films and documentaries about today’s Arab world. The festival is free and open to everyone. Our unique and timely programme includes screenings, talks and exclusive presentations by award-winning journalists and filmmakers. The festival finale brings us the best of music and comedy from the Arab world. Take a look at bbcarabic.com/festival to know more about the festival and our events

All events take place at the iconic art-deco BBC Radio Theatre in central London between Friday 22 March and Wednesday 27 March 2019.

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The following events 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.

Tickets are strictly non-transferable. Photographic proof of ID must be shown. If you cannot provide this proof you will be refused entry. If your photo ID does not match the name on the ticket you will not be admitted. If you request two tickets because you are taking a guest along, that person will only be allowed in if they are accompanied by you.

Please take a look at our FAQ to see what type of photo ID is acceptable.

Admission to these screenings 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.


All information is correct at time of publication.

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Who's Getting Rich from Moroccan Hash?
Pick of the Day
Who's Getting Rich from Moroccan Hash?
Documentary investigating the illegal trade world of cannabis farming.
Monday 25 March
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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BBC Arabic Festival: Opening Night
BBC Arabic Festival: Opening Night
A film presentation and drinks reception to celebrate the opening of BBC Arabic Festival 2019.
Friday 22 March
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Comedy and Creativity
Comedy and Creativity
A collection of humorous and surreal short films reflecting on politics in the Arab world.
Saturday 23 March
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Documentary Double Bill
Documentary Double Bill
Two non-fiction stories from the Arab world.
Saturday 23 March
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Room For A Man
Room For A Man
A courageous and hypnotically stylish documentary.
Saturday 23 March
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Topical Shorts: Real events as fiction films
Topical Shorts: Real events as fiction films
Five fiction shorts touching on topical issues, followed by a panel discussion.
Sunday 24 March
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Short Documentary Multi-Bill
Short Documentary Multi-Bill
A multi-bill of short documentaries.
Sunday 24 March
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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What Walaa Wants
What Walaa Wants
A classic coming-of-age story with a girl-power message.
Sunday 24 March
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Digital Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Crisis: Special Presentation and Panel Discussion
Digital Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Crisis: Special Presentation and Panel Discussion
A special event exploring the role of investigative documentary in cultural preservation.
Monday 25 March
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Amal
Amal
A beautiful coming-of-age story.
Monday 25 March
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Women's Stories in Arabic Cinema: The Cultural Frontline
Women's Stories in Arabic Cinema: The Cultural Frontline
A discussion and exploration of the power of women’s stories in the cinema of the Arab world.
Tuesday 26 March
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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BBC Arabic Festival: Awards Ceremony
BBC Arabic Festival: Awards Ceremony
Join us for an evening of comedy and music as we announce the winners of 2019.
Wednesday 27 March
BBC Radio Theatre, London

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Venue

BBC Radio Theatre, London

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.