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Shubbak Festival 2019

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Shubbak, London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, returns to the capital this summer with a fantastic programme across theatre, dance, music, visual art, debate and literature. Over 80 events of exciting, bold, poignant and urgent work by Arab artists question the norm across London’s stages, concert halls, cinemas, outdoor locations, galleries and museums.

In times when political alliances are shifting, definitions of gender are broadened, divisions between generations are interrogated, and hierarchies of power are exposed, the voices of these artists take audiences to new and unexpected realms of possibilities, a realm where empathy and freedom dares to live.

We are delighted to be a principal partner of the festival this year! View the full programme here.

We are thrilled to present in association with Shubbak three extraordinary projects as part of the festival:

Shubbak Commission: Aicha El Beloui 
Sat 29, Sun 30 June, Sun 7 July 2019, Museum of London, British Library Plaza, British Museum
Casablanca-based illustrator, graphic designer, and creative director Aicha El Beloui visits London to research the psychogeography and history of Moroccan immigration.

Shubbak Commission: Mehdi Annassi
Time TBC, North Kensington
Casablanca-based street artist Mehdi Annassi explores the neighbourhoods of North Kensington to create a new mural in a public location

Shubbak Commission: Layla: Amer Hlehel performs Qassim Haddad’s Masterwork
Mon 1–Wed 3 July 2019, The Gate Theatre
A classic love story re-told by Amer Hlehel in a contemporary bilingual rendering with live music.
The actor and writer of five-star Taha (Shubbak 2017, Young Vic) transforms poet Qassim Haddadís powerful rendering of the classic tale of Majnun Layla into a live experience