Before and After, with Imprint of Hope in Iraq

Here are the before and after pictures, taken by our friends at Imprint of Hope, who have completed yet more fantastic street art in Iraq. 

Taking over 16 hours to complete, these pictures show how Imprint Of Hope, have turned these dank and violent looking blast walls, into rich canvases filled with colour and life. 
We are also pleased, that Imprint of Hope have been nominated for the Hope Makers award in the UAE, where Imprint are now standing with eleven other change making organisations, who were picked out for their outstanding work.

A Taste of Iraq at #LondonFoodMonth

Those unfamiliar with the cuisine of Iraq can take a journey of discovery through a five-course dining menu created for London Food Month. 
Phil Juma is collaborating with new Shoreditch bar and events space TT Liquor to host his Iraqi Feast with cocktail pairings every Friday in June. 
Seated around a feasting table, diners will enjoy dishes such as dijaj bilmynarinj (crispy chicken served with saffron and Seville orange) and kubba hamuth (handmade lamb dumpling). 
Each course will be served with a cocktail or other drink picked to highlight the dish’s flavours. 
Philip Juma was taught to cook by his Iraqi father and aunt, who are originally from Mosul. 

Dancing with Scheherazade in Baghdad

On Thursday 27/4/2017 a concert was held in Baghdad, which was organised by the Baghdad School of Music and Ballet. These pictures were taken in the run up to the concert starting. 
Playing both classical and traditional Iraqi music, the night was accompanied with dancing from the school students, and was also the first time that some of them had ever performed in-front of a live audience. 
The overall event was well received by the audience, who were deeply moved by the professionalism and talent of the young people at the Baghdad School of Music and Ballet, and are now looking forward to the school putting on future performances.


Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original—Gertrude Bell—sometimes called the “female” Lawrence of Arabia. Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, the documentary tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer and political powerhouse. 
Bell travelled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence to help draw the borders of Iraq after WWI. Using never-seen-before footage of the region, the film chronicles Bell’s extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British male colonial power. 
With unique access to documents from the Iraq National Library and Archive and Gertrude Bell’s own 1600 letters, the story is told entirely in the words of the players of the day, excerpted verbatim from intimate letters, private diaries and secret communiqu├ęs. It is a unique look at both a remarkable woman and the tangled history of Iraq. 
For more information please see the Letter…