ARAB SCIENCE FICTION: From Imagination to Innovation

Saturday 15 November • 19:00 – 21:00 (Doors open 18:30)

Science Museum | London | South Kensington

BBC broadcaster, Samira Ahmed chairs a stellar panel of visionary thinkers who offer new perspectives on whether nurturing creativity through science fiction could be more crucial to our global progress than we might realise.

What is the link between technological innovation and artistic imagination? Science fiction is often thought to be the ultimate bridge between science and the arts. Could exploring this symbiotic relationship enable the next generation to envision an alternative future of the Middle East? Can inventive forms of art, film and literature help to inspire new waves of scientific development in the Arab world today and beyond?

In true geek spirit, this event is about brokering dialogue and engagement between different spheres; science and the arts, ‘East’ and ‘West’, academia and popular culture. And we also hope participants will have a good time!

 £10 Full  | £8 Concession

Book Online here

Groups Discounts:
5-9 people: 10% off total amount (Call 0870 870 4868 and quote SINDBAD10)
10+ people: 20% off total amount (Call 0870 870 4868 and quote SINDBAD20)

This event is produced in partnership with the Nour Festival as a sequel to the ground-breaking salon held at the Dana Centre in 2013. Read a review of the 2013 event on the BBC website.

Press quotes

‘…a fantastic evening.’ (Amal El-Mohtar,

‘…if the buzzing enthusiasm of the sold-out audience at the Dana Centre was anything to go by, Arab sci-fi’s place in the future it seeks to understand seems assured.’ (Lydia Green, BBC)


Ticket holders will each receive exclusive signed copies of  HWJN and Hunaak! (Somewhere) which are amongst the best-selling Sci-Fi novels from the Arab region, courtesy of  Yatakhayaloon.