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Sahar Esfandiari

Sahar Esfandiari

Sahar Esfandiari is a British-Iranian writer focused on the Middle East and its diaspora

Book Club: Brown Girls by Daphne Palasi Andreades is a vibrant, lyrical love letter to womanhood, community and culture from the perspective of women of colour.

20 April, 2022

While there has been a broad increase in Middle Eastern art interest, certain biases remain. German-Iranian artist Anahita Sadighi has shown, through her interdisciplinary career, that its possible to build bridges to overcome these challenges.

11 March, 2022

Book Club: Tara Kangarlou's debut book is a kaleidoscopic portrait of inspirational Iranians. Focusing on achievement rather than malicious typecasts, the stories in The Heartbeat of Iran are a poignant reminder to look beyond news headlines.

09 February, 2022

Frustrated by the absence of Black voices in the Iranian community and the media, a group came together to form a collective to amplify their voices and experiences.

03 February, 2021

A virtual but intimate exhibition aims to showcase modern-day Assyrian art created by the ancient community's widespread diaspora, exploring the challenges of identity, migration and cultural continuation.

23 October, 2020

Iraq's first independent film festival aims to take back control of tired narratives of the country and showcase emerging and established talent in film.

19 August, 2020

A new online campaign, Rumi Was Muslim, seeks to rectify the whitewashing and mistranslations of the renowned 13th-century Persian poet and Muslim scholar.

16 June, 2020

Al Yamaniah is shining a spotlight on the creative talents of Yemeni women.

29 May, 2020

Philip Juma's love for Iraqi food runs deeper than the tantalising tastes and flavours. The London chef's cuisine is intimately tied to intense pride for his cultural heritage.

19 May, 2020

Art institutions and galleries in the Middle East have moved online, creating digital spaces to connect and inspire people under lockdown.

21 April, 2020