“(A) triumphant celebration of Arab contemporary culture”

The Majalla


حوارٌ أجراه ملحق هامش الثقافي الصادر عن مجموعة الجمهورية الإعلامية في عدده الأول مع إيكارد تيمان المدير الفني لمهرجان شبّاك المعني بالثقافة العربية حول الرؤية التي تنظم عمل المهرجان والدور الذي يرى نفسه فيه في مشهد الآداب والفنون العربية في مدينة لندن

"ما يعنينا ليس ادعاء تمثيل الثقافة العربية المعاصرة، بل تقديم أعمال تتحدى التوقعات وما هو متوافق عليه لأخذ النقاشات حول هذه القضايا مثل التمثيل وغيره إلى مكانٍ أبعد"

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Shubbak (meaning ‘window’ in Arabic) supports and celebrates the diversity of Arab artists' creativity and innovation through its professional, participatory and engagement programmes, national touring and biennial multi-artform festival. Working nationally and internationally, we commission, initiate and develop projects that encourage a wide range of creative approaches in an artist-centred, audience focused process.

Shubbak Festival is the UK's largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, bringing new and unexpected voices alongside established artists to London every two years. The festival returned with its tenth edition in the summer of 2021 with an ambitious digitally led programme conceived especially for the exceptional post lockdown conditions.
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