Save the date: 1 – 16 July 2017

Shubbak has become a key moment in the arts calendar of the UK and the Arab World, bringing new and unexpected voices alongside established artists to new audiences every two years. The festival returns to London from 1–16 July 2017 with over two weeks of the best of contemporary Arab culture. Tickets are on sale now for the whole festival. Follow us on social media, join our mailing list or see the 2017 festival programme.

We're delighted to announce that a number of shows are already on sale, these are:

Displacement at Sadler’s Wells

6 & 7 July 2017

Sadler’s Wells partners with Shubbak, to introduce the poignant work of Syrian dancer and choreographer Mithkal Alzghair. In a double bill evening, he draws attention to the human being amidst the complexities of migration and war. Deconstructing Syrian traditional dances, he brings to the surface the paradox of a deeply rooted culture and its current experience of displacement.

Taha at the Young Vic

5 - 15 July 2017

A lyrical story of the life of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali, written and performed by Amer Hlehel. Amir Nizar Zuabi (The Beloved, I Am Yusuf and This Is My Brother), founder of celebrated theatre company ShiberHur, returns to the Young Vic to direct this London premiere.


Details of the full programme will be released in May 2017. Follow us on social media or join our mailing list and we'll keep you informed. But for now and to get your appetite properly whetted for the 2017 festival take a look at the Shubbak 2015 festival wrap up film below: