Press

ArtLyst: Shubbak Festival announces London Third Edition

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“The second edition of Shubbak, A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, featuring artists from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen, hosted by London’s leading cultural venues, more than doubled its audience in 2013, it was announced…
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Al Bawaba

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“Doubling up: UK’s Shubbak Festival knows how to multiply x 2…” Read the full article

Al Arabiya: Shubbak festival doubles audiences in 2013

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“The second edition of Shubbak, a festival in London aiming to be a “window on contemporary Arab culture,” doubled its audience in 2013, a statement from organizers announced this week. The festival, which showcases the work of contemporary artists and musicians from 16 Arab countries, reached over 43,000 people during…
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V&A blog: Culture in Defiance: Syria Speaks

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Nawara Mahfoud has blogged for the V&A on Rich Mix’s Culture in Defiance: Syria Speaks exhibition, part of the Shubbak Festival 2013. “An exhibition at Rich Mix this week presents a range of street art from the uprising in Syria. Guest blogger Nawara Mahfoud introduces the role that graffiti plays…”…
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The Observer: The 10 best Arab films

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Read The Observer’s article: ‘The 10 best Arab films’ as chosen by Omar al-Qattan, film-maker and chair of Shubbak.

The Guardian: Ibrahim el-Salahi: from Sudanese prison to Tate Modern show

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The Guardian covers Tate Modern’s Shubbak exhibition: Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist. “The first African artist to get a Tate Modern retrospective has come a long way since he drew on scraps while a political prisoner. Mark Hudson meets a pioneer finally getting his due…” Read the full article

The Independent on Culture in Defiance

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The Independent covers Rich Mix’s Shubbak exhibition: Culture in Defiance. “The hopes of Syria’s protests shine through in a new Hackney art exhibition…” Read the full article

BBC Radio 3 Nightwaves: Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist

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BBC Radio 3 Nightwaves covers Tate Modern’s Shubbak exhibition: Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist. Listen to the programme

Al Arabiya: London’s Shubbak Festival: A window to edgy Arab culture

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Al Arabiya covers Shubbak 2013 in the article London’s Shubbak Festival: A window to edgy Arab culture. Read the full article

Financial Times: Pop culture diplomacy

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The Financial Times covers Shubbak in an article by Peter Aspden. “Among a people used to turmoil and defeat, trivial victories can become trenchant victories…” Read the full article

BBC Radio 3 In Tune: Features Nuba Nour

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BBC Radio 3 In Tune featured a live performance from Nuba Nour, and were joined by Eckhard Thiemann, Artistic Director of Shubbak at 6pm, 27 June 2013. Nuba Nour performed at Rich Mix on 28 June 2013 as part of the Shubbak Festival. Listen to the full programme

The Times: Art imitates life in the burgeoning Palestinian art scene

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Read The Times coverage of Shubbak 2013 in the article Art imitates life in the burgeoning Palestinian art scene by Sophie McBain. Read the full article

The Guardian: Rachid Taha/Souad Massi review

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Read the Guardian’s review of the Barbican’s Shubbak event Rachid Taha & Souad Massi, on 22 June 2013. “Rachid Taha is part of a generation of French musicians who were inspired by the Clash to reinvent rock’n’roll on their own terms, and it now seems no Rachid Taha gig is…
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The Guardian: John Perkins’ best photograph – an Egyptian lion-tamer

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The Guardian’s coverage of Mr President’s Circus, on show at the Arab British Centre until 28 June 2013. “This is Hamada with Richard the lion. Hamada was two when he first put his head in a lion’s jaws…” Read the full article

Alsharq Alawsat on Shubbak

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Alsharq Alawsat covers the Shubbak Festival 2013. Read the full article

The Observer reports on Top Goon

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The Observer reports on Masasit Mati, creators of the YouTube finger-puppet show Top Goon: Diaries of a Little Dictator, to be shown as part of the Shubbak Festival next month. “Syrian satirists take puppet show into war-torn towns to mock Bashar al-Assad. Masasit Mati launched the online show Top Goon…
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The Majalla: Shubbak is Back

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Shubbak is Back: Contemporary Arab culture returns to London. Read the article by Celia Topping for The Majalla. “Following the highly successful and inspiring debut of Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture two years ago, this biennial festival continues to fling the window wide open on Arab arts in…
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Metro: The Barbican delivers a mash-up of Arabic art forms

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The Metro reports on Shubbak Festival 2013 in the article The Barbican delivers a mash-up of Arabic art forms by Arwa Haider. “Shubbak is the Arabic word for ‘window’ and the second edition of this city-wide festival aims to present a broad view of modern Middle Eastern arts and culture…”…
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BBC Arabic Radio: Interview with Omar Al Qattan

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Omar Al Qattan, Chair of Shubbak, speaks about the Shubbak festival on BBC Arabic Radio Xtra. Listen to the full programme

Spear’s Magazine: Check Point

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The thriving Palestinian art scene overcomes walls and barriers… Read the article Check Point by Sophie McBain, published in the July/August 2013 issue of Spear’s Magazine. Read the full article