It’s a wrap!
16 days across more than 30 venues, with over 70 events and more than 150 artists – Shubbak 2017 is over. Thank you to everyone who came to Shubbak 2017 and to all the artists, performers, producers, partners, sponsors, venues, staff and volunteers who made it such a stunning success – we couldn’t have done it without you.
There was a lot of ‘firsts’ this year for Shubbak: we presented new work in locations across London in partnership with festivals in the Arab world; we hosted world premieres of new performances as part of the Creative Europe supported programme Performance(s) Between 2 Shores; we brought more artists from across the Arab world to London than ever before; we presented some of the finest writers, filmmakers and music from across the region. We’re delighted to have reached audiences of over 50,000 people over the course of the festival.
As Shubbak’s 2017 Festival draws to a close, we’re looking back and remembering a few of our favourite moments from the festival.
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The festival may be over for this year, but there are still ways to enjoy Shubbak:
Modern Poetry in Translation
Modern Poetry in Translation’s summer issue A Blossom Shroud focuses on poets and translators associated with this year’s Shubbak and it publishes a selection of new translations of poets appearing at the festival: Mona Kareem, Dunya Mikhail, and a new long sequence of poems by Golan Haji, translated by Stephen Watts. The focus also includes a conversation between Alice Guthrie, Shubbak’s literary producer, and poet, translator and activist Mona Kareem. Also featured are new translations of Hisham Bustani, Najwan Darwish and Syrian actor and activist Fadwa Souleiman.
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Words Without Borders: Digital magazine
Words Without Borders has published newly translated works including political nonfiction from Egyptian Basma Abdel Aziz; an extract of Nadia Alkokabany’s new novel about the Yemeni revolution; an extract of Mohamed Abdelnabi’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction-shortlisted gay Egyptian novel; and a short play by seminal Libyan playwright Mansour Bushnaf.
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Shift – Various Artists
At the Mosaic Rooms until Sept 2 2017
This group exhibition brings together the UK debut of three young female artists from Saudi Arabia: Zahrah Al-Ghamdi, Dana Awartani and Reem Al-Nasser.
The Craft by Monira Al Qadiri
At Gasworks until Sept 10 2017
Monira Al Qadiri’s first UK solo exhibition, The Craft, includes a semi-autobiographical science fiction film, sculptures and photographs in which international diplomacy is envisaged as an alien conspiracy.
Living Histories – Various Artists
At the British Museum until 22 Oct 2017
This display highlights recent acquisitions of posters, prints, drawings, photographs and artists’ books. Many of the artists come from Syria, their work produced following the uprisings that began in 2011.
Comics and Cartoon Art from the Arab World
At the British Library until 29 Oct 2017
Explore the art, history and significance of Arab comics from the 19th century Egyptian satirical press and children’s comics of the mid – 20th century, to the contemporary graphic novel and comics scene.