As part of Visiting Arts’ programme promoting contemporary Iranian literature and culture in the UK, writer and performer Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh will be invited for a residency with the National Centre for Writing, Norwich in October 2018 (22-28th) during a week of activities supporting and celebrating young people (Engage! & Great Yarmouth’s first youth arts festival, Young@Arts) with reading and workshop events with the local communities and literary network, alongside time to develop her practice.
As well as other East Anglia based creatives, Nazli will meet with the Young Norfolk Arts Trust communications team and the Young Arts Leaders involved with producing a local arts festival as part of the Engage! programme.
In collaboration with Original Projects, MAP, GYROS, and Great Yarmouth Library, a storytelling workshop and public reading event will be programmed on the 24th October 2018 to coincide with Great Yarmouth’s first Young@Arts Festival.
Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambahksh is an award winning independent theatre maker born in Iran and now based in Scotland – part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Scale of Female Ambition. Over Nazli’s career in venues and touring she has developed a strong leadership role in producing diverse theatre in the UK in particular looking at themes of the Middle East and the lives of women. She also led on Creative Case NORTH, which is a re-imagining of Arts Council England’s approach to diversity and equality. She is an International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Fellow. She is currently writing a new version of the ancient Greek tragedy Medea.
We are delighted to have received support from Arts Council England to help us deliver these activities encouraging community engagement through storytelling and exchange, seeding more UK-Iran collaboration, creating greater understanding and mutual respect, inspiring and bringing together diverse groups including young people, those from socially deprived backgrounds, migrants and the local Iranian diaspora.