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What If? At Edinburgh Art Festival

Sat 29 July, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Screening and Discussion with Manaf Halbouni

The Sykes-Picot Agreement, 1916, involved the drawing of borderlines in the Middle East by French and British diplomats. Consequences of the deal are felt heavily a century later, but what if there was a different history? Manaf Halbouni is working with Deveron Projects in Huntly to create an alternative timeline, fictionalising a world where the Ottoman Empire and United States of Arabia split Europe instead.

Join us for screening of What If?Manaf’s play created with resettled Syrian refugees and Huntly residents, showing a meeting between two representatives planning the split.

Followed by a discussion questioning and clarifying our rarely challenged history regarding continuous threat from terrorism, increased Islamophobia, and conflict in the Middle East. Speakers include; artist Manaf Halbouni; Professor Paul Starkey, ice-President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies; and Dr Janet Starkey, who has written much on the subject of Scotland and Syria.

2.30pm: Introduction
2.45pm: What If? first screening
3.00pm: Artist Talk, Manaf Halbouni
3.30pm: Break
3.45pm: What If? second screening
4.00pm: Paul Starkey, History of the Middle East: how we got to where we are now.
4.30pm: Kawther Luay, Personal Story
5 - 5.30pm: Discussion

5.30-6.30 pm 
Reception hosted by German Consulate General in Edinburgh

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Supported by Goethe Institut and Creative Scotland

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