Gingko is committed to creating better understanding between the West and the Middle East, North Africa and West Asia. Founded in 2014, we aim to achieve this through an annual conference and lectures, an ambitious publication and translation programme, and intercultural projects and events.



Culture in Crisis: At Home in Syria

Join artist Zahed Tajeddin and author Diana Darke as they describe their battles to save their historic courtyard houses – his in Aleppo, hers in Damascus – from theft, shelling and looting, giving a rare first-hand glimpse of how people and cultural heritage survive inside a war-zone.

Organised by the V&A in association with Gingko.

  • Monday, 23 October 2017

  • The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

  • Tickets cost £15.00 (including wine reception)

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Following the Mercantile Effect Conference we will be releasing a series of podcasts from the lectures given in Berlin. The first concerns the magnificent Alhambra Cupola.

Photo by kind permission of Johannes Kramer
Photo by kind permission of Dr McSweeney









Listen to our podcast of Dr Anna McSweeney’s talk on the Alhambra Cupola, one of the jewels of the Museum fur Islamische Kunst in Berlin. The particular focus of her talk will be the poetry, which forms an integral part of this fourteenth-century wooden ceiling that once was part of the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain.



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Special Lecture in Munich: the New Divan and Blue and White Ceramics
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What is it like to translate Nobel Prize Winner Naguib Mahfouz?
by Aran Byrne, 10.3.16

“The Revolution Was a Wave that Overtook Me”: A Conversation with Photographer Parham Taghioff
by Milad Odabaei, 4.3.16