Shubbak: a window on contemporary Arab Culture

From  "Shift"

From "Shift"

Shubbak looks extraordinary - a 16 day celebration of modern Arab Culture taking place across London. From the blurb:

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 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. We work with arts institutions in London and internationally.

Tomorrow's opening concert is worth exploring - a double bill of Cairokee and Tania Saleh, "their songs reflecting the social and political turmoil experienced not only in the Middle East, but the whole world over." Some videos below: