Shubbak Festival is London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. It brings new and unexpected voices alongside established artists to London every two years. An ambitious programme connects London audiences and communities with the best of contemporary Arab visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate.

Shubbak Festival 2021

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Shubbak Festival returns to London in 2021. Check back soon, join our mailing list or follow us on social media for announcements.

Ways to get involved

Shubbak Festival 2019

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In 2019 Shubbak Festival audiences of over 60,000 enjoyed performances from 150 artists in over 60 events across London from 28 June–14 July 2019. Watch our highlights or explore the festival guide to see what took place.

Watch our festival highlights
Explore the festival guide
2019 festival guide PDF

Shubbak Festival 2017

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Shubbak’s 2017 festival included over 130 artists, originating from 18 Arab countries, across 70 events in more than 40 venues across London. The festival featured 16 full days of concerts, performances, screenings, talks, exhibitions and installations, performing to a total audience of over 50,000.

Watch our festival highlights
2017 festival guide PDF

Shubbak Festival 2015

Shubbak’s 2015 festival presented over 60 events across London from 11-26 July 2015, featuring 16 full days of concerts, performances, screenings, debates, exhibitions and installations from over 100 international artists, as well as over 30 artists based in the UK.

Watch highlights from the festival
2015 festival guide PDF

Shubbak Festival 2013

Shubbak’s 2013 festival took place over 15 days in the summer of 2013, presenting over 55 events, spread across 42 venues, attracting an audience of over 50,000 people. We brought together a wonderful range of partners, from London’s largest museums to intimate theatres, from the largest concert halls to specialist cinemas.

2013 festival guide PDF

Shubbak Festival 2011

Initiated by the Mayor of London, the Shubbak Festival 2011 was the first of its kind in Europe. A festival devoted to contemporary Arab writers, photographers, painters, directors, composers and other creative artists. It was an opportunity not just for the Middle East curious, but for resident Arabs keen to learn more about their own region and share in its accomplishments.

2011 festival guide PDF