Shubbak doubles audience
London’s festival of Arab culture drew a larger audience than its previous edition in 2011 and will return in 2015.
Shubbak, A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, featured artists from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The festival from 22 June to 6 July 2013 took place at major cultural venues in London and more than doubled its audience, reaching over 43,000 in 15 days.
The next Shubbak Festival will take place in summer 2015.
The Festival ran for 15 days from 22 June to 6 July 2013, presenting new talent and new works from some of the most exciting young artists originating from the Arab world. Among the host venues were the Barbican Centre, the British Museum, Tate Modern, The Mosaic Rooms, Arab British Centre, Asia House, ICA, Serpentine Gallery, Rich Mix and the London College of Fashion.
“We have been deeply moved by the public’s response to Shubbak this year, and by the extraordinary support we have received from London’s cultural organisations, despite the current realities of the region,” Festival Chair Omar Al-Qattan said.