Shubbak is very pleased to announce the appointment of Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso and Alia Alzougbi as joint CEO’s taking over from Eckhard Thiemann, who has been the CEO and Artistic Director of Shubbak since 2012.
Shadia El Dardiry, Chair of the Shubbak Board of Trustees (Solicitor, Bates Wells Braithwaite), said:
"The Board of Trustees of Shubbak Festival is delighted to announce the appointment of Alia Alzougbi and Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso as joint CEOs.
Alia and Taghrid have impressive experience as artists, curators and cultural producers. Both have a highly developed understanding of the needs of Arab artists and communities, a commitment to artistic excellence and just cultural ecologies. The Board is delighted that they will apply their considerable talents to taking Shubbak into its next phase and build on the work of our outgoing CEO and Artistic Director Eckhard Thiemann to whom we extend our gratitude and thanks for his work with Shubbak over the last 9 years."
In a joint statement Choucair-Vizoso and Alzougbi said:
"It is an honour and a privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility of co-leading Shubbak, an initiative we have walked alongside and engaged with as artists and cultural producers since its inception. We look forward to taking it into its next phase as a much-needed creative nesting place of abundance and possibility for artists and community, where a range of audiences from diverse backgrounds flock to encounter our stories as we live, experience and choose to tell them – a home away from home where we are held, supported, and encouraged to dream, collaborate and experiment towards artistic excellence."
Eckhard Thiemann, outgoing Artistic Director & CEO said:
“I full-heartedly welcome Alia and Taghrid as the new joint leadership for Shubbak. Both have worked extensively with Shubbak over the past years, as freelance producers and Taghrid of course as Senior Programmer and Festival Producer. I could not think of a more brilliant succession than this dual powerhouse that has been so instrumental in Shubbak’s journey to-date, yet is imbued with fresh ideas and independent spirit. I am sure they will take our artists, partners and audiences on a truly inspirational journey. I very much look forward to be passing on the baton to them.”