Shubbak (meaning ‘window’ in Arabic) is London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. Founded in 2011 by the Mayor of London, Shubbak is now an independent charity (charity number: 1150374) whose founding Chair was Omar al-Qattan. Shubbak connects London audiences and communities with the best of contemporary Arab culture through ambitious festival programmes of premieres and commissions of visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate.
The festival works with arts institutions in London and internationally. Shubbak 2015 was their largest and most expansive festival to-date. It included over 130 artists, originating from 18 Arab countries, across 70 events in more than 40 venues, performing to a total audience of over 50,000.
We’re excited to be involved with Shubbak for the first time to support the UK premiere of Corbeaux by Bouchra Ouizguen on Friday 14 July at the Serpentine Galleries and Saturday 15 July 2017 at Tate Modern. This intense performance draws from Persian literature from 9th – 11th Century and memories of long trance nights in Marrakech. We are proud to support this event to raise awareness of contemporary Arab culture.
Find out more about the festival here: http://www.shubbak.co.uk/