MENA/Future – Cultural Transformations in the Middle East North Africa Region

The 2016 Live Ideas festival is devoted to a generation of artists whose creative networks across socio-political divides reveal a diverse and future-oriented vision for the region. Exploring cultural transformations in real time in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through the lens of contemporary performing, musical, film, literary and visual artists, the festival features multiple performances, films, lectures, panels and community dialogues by artists from across the region, addressing a wide range of complex issues pertinent to the region including alternative modernities, colonialism, gender, patriarchy, Arab feminism and non-conformist identities within national narratives.


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ON VIEW: Feb 8 – 14
Ghiora Aharoni
The Divine Domesticated


ON VIEW: Feb 5 – Mar 19 
Arkadi Zaides
Capture Practice


Feb 8 at 7pm
An Evening With Dr. Bassem Youssef & Rula Jebreal 

OFF-SITE @ CUNY Graduate Center
Tickets start at $20

Feb 9 & 10 at 7:30pm
Arkadi Zaides

Tickets start at $15

Feb 11-13 at 7:30pm
KVS, les ballets C de la B & A.M. Qattan Foundation Badke

Tickets start at $15

Mar 8 at 7pm
An Evening With Aileen Agopian & Special Guests

OFF-SITE @ CUNY Graduate Center

Mar 15 at 7:30pm
Emel Mathlouthi Concert

OFF-SITE @ Lycée Francais

ON VIEW: Mar 20 – 27  
Shayma Aziz
At WAR(k)


Mar 21 at 7:30pm  
Open Spectrum Community Dialogue
Proxy Girls with Noura Murad

Tickets start at $10

Mar 23 at 7:30pm
Farah Saleh
Free Advice

Tickets start at $15

Mar 26 at 2pm
Films by Maha Maamoun  & Larissa Sansour 

Tickets start at $10

Mar 26 at 4pm
Creative Tensions: Home

Participatory Dialogue / Performance Event Presented in partnership with Sundance Institute Theatre Lab & IDEO
Tickets start at $20

Mar 26 at 4pm
Film by Tarzan & Arab Abunasser

Tickets start at $10

Mar 30-Apr 2
Adham Hafez Company
2065 BC 

Tickets start at $15

Mar 31 – Apr 2 at 8pm
Radouan Mriziga 

Tickets start at $15

Apr 2 at 2pm
Masterclass with
Adham Hafez


Apr 2 at 2pm
Films: MENA Shorts

Tickets start at $10

Apr 2 at 4pm
Films by Kamal Aljafari

Tickets start at $10

Apr 3 at 3pm
Films: Desert Dancer

Tickets start at $10

Apr 3 at 7:30pm
Music: Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco)

Presented in Association with Joe’s Pub
OFF-SITE @ Joe’s Pub
Tickets start at $20

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi of The Barjeel Art Foundation

This event has been rescheduled, check back for dates

Presented in Association with Goethe-Institut New York
OFF-SITE @ Goethe-Institut New York

Festival Partners

Middle East & Middle Eastern American Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Sundance Institute, HaRaKa Platform, ArteEast, Goethe-Institut, New York, Joe’s Pub at The Public

Festival Artists & Thinkers

Bill T. Jones

André Lepecki

Tarzan & Arab Abunasser

Marie Al Fajr

Dr. Bassem Youssef

Aileen Agopian

Hassan Hakmoun

Leyya Mona Tawil

Adham Hafez

Farah Saleh

Emel Mathlouthi

Rabbi Marc Schneier & Imam Shamsi Ali

Koen Augustijnen

Kamal Aljafari

Radouan Mriziga

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi


Live Ideas is made possible by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art; The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.; Flanders Department of Culture, Youth, Sport, and Media; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; The Samuel M. Levy Family Foundation; Theatre Development Fund; and The Violet Jabara Charitable Trust

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