EGYPT | LEBANON
SUDAN | FRANCE

Presented in Partnership with Amal (A Saïd Foundation Programme)

Every summer, the National Theatre puts on a free outdoor festival right on the south bank of the Thames. Shubbak takes over the stage for a weekend of music, performance, workshops and installations. Family activities, bands, spoken word and late DJ sets bring the best of London’s and international Arab cultural scene to this free and iconic setting.

Friday 12 July

Artists include:

Attab Haddad Ensemble

With roots in both Middle Eastern music and Flamenco, Haddad’s compositions offer an instrumental journey through Andalusia and the Middle East. The result is a sound that can only be described as his own.

DJ Noor Palette

DJ and radio presenter Noor Palette plays upbeat popular records infused with Middle Eastern and North African sounds. Previously opening for the likes of AWAN festival, Haramacy and Pride of Arabia, DJ Noor Palette is guaranteed to lift your mood and get you up, dancing and having a great time.

Amira Kheir

Amira Kheir is rapidly becoming one of the new voices in the African renaissance. Her music is celebrative of Northern Sudan’s ancient culture, but rooted in a desire to break all the boundaries used to keep people divided.
Produced in partnership with Arts Canteen. Presented with additional support from Qatar Foundation International.

Hadi Zeidan

Cosmic synths, bellydance-inspired rhythms and obscure electro meet in Hadi Zeidan’s quest to reshape the sounds of the Arab world and pinpoint his native Beirut on the geo-musical map of the world.
Presented by Paris/London exchange in collaboration with Institut des Cultures d’Islam.

Saturday 13 July

Artists include:

Aicha El-Beloui

Aïcha El Beloui visits London to research the psychogeography and history of Moroccan immigration. She will display one of her distinctive maps: simply rendered in black and white, they are richly filled with textured incident and associative connections, charting routes between Morocco and London.

Dia Batal ‘Articles’

‘Articles’ is a playful sculptural installation for all ages that is inspired by the practice of using Arabic calligraphy and language in public spaces. It borrows articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to create a platform reflecting on their relevance. Participants are invited to slot sculptural Arabic words and phrases to shape alternative interpretations of the articles.

Bricklab ‘Geographical Child’s Play’

Bricklab, the designers of the first Saudi pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale create a new pop-up sculpture: 22 brightly coloured units, equalling the number of states in the Arab league. The pieces are arranged in different constellations to offer new viewpoints of geographies, nations and the power to imagine other realities.

Samira Saleh

Seasoned wordsmith Samira Saleh has been using spoken word as a tool for self-empowerment since she first stumbled upon the phenomenon online. 

Arts Canteen’s Arabs Are Not Funny

Arts Canteen’s Arabs Are Not Funny is back with a line up of four comedians from different nationalities and styles. Mo Saffaf, Janine Harouni, Ella al-Shamahi and Serine Ayari’s humour sheds light on and mocks the traps of representation, identity, home, prejudice and how to live life as an Arab.

Surprise performances

Two surprise international genre-bending performances from Morocco and Lebanon – turn up and expect the unexpected.

U-Cef

Composer, producer and DJ, U-Cef mixes London urban beats and New York hip hop with the Moroccan rhythms he grew up with. U-Cef puts gnawa music, dub, sinuous classic Arabic arrangements, electronic beats, MCs, big drums and crunchy rock guitars into a giant blender to produce fresh and original sounds.

Sunday 14 July

Aicha El-Beloui

Aïcha El Beloui visits London to research the psychogeography and history of Moroccan immigration. She will display one of her distinctive maps: simply rendered in black and white, they are richly filled with textured incident and associative connections, charting routes between Morocco and London.


Dia Batal ‘Articles’

‘Articles’ is a playful sculptural installation for all ages that is inspired by the practice of using Arabic calligraphy and language in public spaces. It borrows articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to create a platform reflecting on their relevance. Participants are invited to slot sculptural Arabic words and phrases to shape alternative interpretations of the articles.

Claudine Toutoungi

Claudine Toutoungi’s poems have appeared in Poetry Chicago, Guardian and Financial Times, amongst others. Her plays have been on BBC Radio 4, at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, and at the Lark in New York. Ian McMillan dubbed her debut collection Smoothie, ‘superb’.

Amerah Saleh

Amerah Saleh is a spoken word artist born and bred in Birmingham. Her Muslim Yemeni roots give her space to get lost and found between identities. Her work touches on identity, womanhood, religion and the obscure idea of belonging only to one place.

Music Action International

Music Action International’s programme, Everyday People, supports young people newly arrived from conflict areas. The young people are joined by Syrian beatboxer Adz and contemporary classical singer Merit Ariane, to create compelling original music for this year’s Shubbak festival. The group will showcase material developed during therapeutic, creative music sessions that provide relief from daily stresses caused by traumatic experiences. Together with the audience, the group celebrate their newly acquired song and instrumental skills.   

Hakaya

The Palestine Community Foundation brings Hakaya to London – a group of young singers, dancers and drummers under the auspices of their ‘Bethlehem Link’ project as part of its cultural exchange programme. Join in with Hakaya as they perform and workshop dabke dance, drumming circles, and more!

Juliana Yazbeck

Juliana Yazbeck’s debut record ‘SUNGOD’ is a political and spiritual cry; a journey of celebrating our pre-Westernised identities. Unapologetic and raw, Yazbeck’s lyrics challenge the effects of colonisation on cultural identities, the current state of love and relationships, and gender inequality.

Flying on Wings of Birds with Merit Ariane

A magical family concert with Merit Ariane’s international ensemble, weaving together Middle Eastern sounds with folklore from around the world and jazz. Fly across borders with this interactive programme of songs and stories about birds and birdsong, selected especially from Merit Ariane’s imaginative repertoire.

Produced in partnership with Arts Canteen. Presented with additional support from Qatar Foundation International.

Details

Fri 12 July–Sun 14 July 2019

Fri: 6.00pm–11.00pm
Sat: 12.00pm – 11.00pm
Sun: 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Free
More info

National Theatre

Upper Ground
South Bank
London
SE1 9PX
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
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