Shubbak Festival 2019

London theatre news: Wednesday 19 June 2019

International - Performing arts

Shubbak 2019, a festival of contemporary Arab culture, opens next week running at venues across London from 28 June to 14 July.
Shubbak Festival 2019

Image courtesy Shubbak Festival

Shubbak (meaning 'window' in Arabic) is London's largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture.

Shubbak Festival returns next week with over 80 events of exciting, bold, poignant and urgent work by Arab artists questioning the norm across London's stages, concert halls, cinemas, outdoor locations, galleries and museums.

The festival runs from 28 June to 14 July 2019 across multiple venues, including the Barbican, The British Library, Bush Theatre, The National Theatre's River Stage and others - find full programme and venue details details here.

Here's the festival trailer ...

Shubbak artistic director, Eckhard Thieman, described what's on offer ...

"This year's festival has the widest range of artists, venues and artforms since we started from family-friendly circus to performance in museums, from poetry readings to outdoor DJs, from murals to film screenings.

Our ever-growing range of partners in London and beyond shows there is a real hunger and interest to hear Arab artists' take on our times and the world we live in.

The beauty of our festival is that we can boldly show many of these views, often creatively contradicting each other, but enriching us with powerful emotion and sharp insights."

Founded in 2011 by the Mayor of London, Shubbak is now an independent charity 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.

Shubbak is also slated to form part of the National Theatre's River Stage Festival from 12 to 14 July at the National's outdoor stage on the Southbank - find more details about River Stage 2019 here.



Battersea Arts Centre

British Library

British Museum

Bush Theatre

Delfina Foundation

Gate Theatre

Mosaic Rooms

Museum Of London

National Theatre River Stage

Rich Mix

Sadler's Wells

Southbank Centre


28 June to 14 July


Check individual event listings for details


Shubbak Festival website

National Theatre - River Stage Festival

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