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Corbeaux, Bouchra Ouizguen


Festival 2017 ·Performance · Tags:

“I wanted to take over the streets and fill them with a horde of crows. Like an immediate act, a sound sculpture, raw and urgent, resounding infinitely.” Bouchra Ouizguen A group of women emerge, silently they arrive, then come to a halt. Forming geometric alchemical arrangements they move again and…
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Raeda Saadeh-The wishes tree ©Med Nessim Toumi

Shubbak in Dalston

Festival 2017 ·On Location · Tags: , ,

As part of its 2017 collaboration with two influential festivals in the Arab region to imagine new responses to local contexts, Shubbak has invited dancers and choreographers Selma and Sofiane Ouissi (founders of Dream City) to commission a series of interventions for Dalston. The works explore a neighbourhood facing rapid…
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Comics and Cartoon Art From the Arab World

Comics & Cartoon Art From the Arab World

Festival 2017 ·Literature ·Visual Arts · Tags: ,

Explore the art, history and significance of Arab comics, cartoons, caricatures and graphic novels through original examples taken from the British Library’s collections. From 19th century Egyptian satirical press, to mid-20th century children’s comics and contemporary graphic novels discover this vibrant visual archive that illustrates and engages issues concerning everyday…
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Sabrina Mahfouz. Photo: Eliza Power

Weaving a magic carpet of poems

Festival 2017 ·Literature · Tags: ,

Come and join poet Sabrina Mahfouz for a lively, fun and interactive children’s poetry workshops. Learn to weave your everyday experiences into the fabric of Arab folk tales and produce your own magic carpet of poetry! Saturday 15 July 2.30-3.30pm Free event for children over the age of 6, accompanied…
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Saudi women

Curating in Saudi

Festival 2017 ·Talks · Tags:

Fiona Fox and Matilda Pye discuss their experiences over the last year working with six aspiring Saudi women curators, developing their skills and experience within the cultural sector. The curators came from national museums, commercial galleries and not-for-profit organisations in Riyadh, Jeddah and the Eastern Province. Fiona Fox and Matilda…
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Beyond London - Arab theatre in the international scene

Beyond London

Festival 2017 ·Talks · Tags: , ,

London is home to a number of Arab writers, actors, producers and directors. A new generation of Arab theatre is being produced and touring in European countries. Festivals like Shubbak regularly invite theatre from the Arab region. How do UK’s Arab theatre artists connect internationally? What are the issues for…
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Living histories, ink on rice paper, 2014, Fadi Yazigi. 2016, 6049.1 (thanks to the British Museum acquisitions group, CaMMEA). Photographed by Wafai Naily

Living Histories

Festival 2017 ·Talks ·Visual Arts · Tags: ,

A free gallery talk with curator Venetia Porter and artist Issam Kourbaj in Gallery 34 at the British Museum. Curator Venetia Porter discusses the stories and multiple histories behind some of the exhibited works by Fadi Yazigi, Sulafa Hijazi, Azza Abo Rabieh, Jaber al-Azmeh Ammar Dawood, Mahmoud Obaidi, Dia Azzawi…
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Syrian Artist: Unearthed, Issam Kourbaj. Photo: Emma K Freeman.


Festival 2017 ·Visual Arts · Tags: ,

The Great Court will be filled by Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj with hundreds of old hardback book covers placed side-by-side to cover sixty square meters of floor. Some covers are painted with blocks of colour, many others have a black line across them, echoing the Syrian tradition of placing black…
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Inanimate Village, Zahrah Al-Ghamdi

Inanimate Village

Festival 2017 ·Visual Arts · Tags: , ,

For one day only Saudi Arabian artist Zahrah Al-Ghamdi will be producing a site-specific installation in the British Museum’s Great Court. This is the first time she will construct the large scale floor installation in view of an audience. Zahrah Al-Ghamdi grew up in the southwestern region of Saudi Arabia…
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Syrian artist Sulafa Hijazi: Animated Images

Animated Images

Festival 2017 ·Visual Arts · Tags: ,

Syrian artist Sulafa Hijazi’s Animated Images is a response to our changing relationship with new media. While trawling social media, Hijazi began to examine the effect of the great plethora of digital images that we are bombarded with, especially how it dehumanizes the people in the pictures and desensitizes us…
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Monira Al Qadiri, The Craft, 2017. Installation view. Co-commissioned by Gasworks and the Sursock Museum. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Andy Keate.

The Craft

Festival 2017 ·Visual Arts · Tags: , , , ,

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. Under this umbrella, embassies, conferences, cultural exchange and political activism are represented as elaborately staged ways to conceal diplomats’ true dealings with…
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Shift. A contemporary art from Saudi


Festival 2017 ·Visual Arts · Tags: ,

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 works reflect the artists experiences of living in their home cities and domestic spaces. They are powerful testimonies by artists caught between a future driven by…
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Eid on the Square, July 2017

Eid Festival 2017

Festival 2017 ·Music · Tags:

The Mayor of London’s Eid Festival on Trafalgar Square celebrates the end of Ramadan. It includes a popular food festival, live music and fun activities for children and families. Shubbak presents three hours of rousing open-air festival music. Straight from Egypt comes Afro-Egyptian band Hawidro — a blend of sound,…
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Shubbak in Shepherd’s Bush, July 2017

Shubbak in Shepherd’s Bush

Festival 2017 ·On Location · Tags:

A collaboration with Nehna Wel Amar Wel Jiran (We, the Moon and the Neighbours) festival featuring Alia Alzougbi, Variant Space and Omer Eltigani, Maya Youssef, Waël Kodeih, Mehdi Haddab, Kareem Samara and others. Join us for three days of creative interventions as artists take over Shepherd’s Bush’s busy market, mingling…
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Sacré Printemps! Photo: Blandine Soulage

Sacré Printemps!

Festival 2017 ·On Tour ·Performance · Tags: ,

Inspired by the hopes and pressures of building a new civil society, choreographers Aïcha M’Barek and Hafiz Dhaou create a visceral streetscape of today’s Tunisia. Featuring life-sized silhouettes by seminal street artist Bilal Berreni (Zoo-project), which appeared on Tunis’ main avenue after the revolution, Sacré Printemps! celebrates the diverse individuals…
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