Shubbak, the UK’s largest festival of contemporary Arab culture, is looking to appoint a CEO to lead the organisation.

The CEO is a senior and seminal leadership role and the postholder will play a vital part in developing and shaping the organisation’s strategic vision for the coming 5–10 years, and creating the right conditions to deliver the festival’s artistic, operational and financial ambitions.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to exercise their vision and managerial expertise to shape the festival’s future, foster and build new partnerships, bring innovation, and continue to grow Shubbak’s presence in London, the UK and internationally.

This is a new position following the departure of our current artistic director and CEO Eckhard Thiemann after the 2021 festival.

We are looking for someone entrepreneurial, who has a strong vision and takes a dynamic approach. The ideal candidate will bring new ideas, a refreshed business model and a new perspective to the festival, while capitalising on the successes of the past 10 years and ensuring the organisation is supported by a robust operational structure and the necessary resources.

Deadline for applications: 14 June, 6pm (BST) For more information about the role and how to apply, please download the job description and application pack and complete the equal opportunities form which can be found here.

About Shubbak

Shubbak champions contemporary Arab art and culture through an award-winning, biennial festival, national touring and original engagement programme. Its artistic excellence was recognised in 2018 by Arts Council England when it achieved National Portfolio Organisation status.

Since its inception in 2011, Shubbak Festival has become Europe’s largest festival of contemporary Arab arts and culture. It’s multi-art form programme of new and unexpected voices and established artists has reached combined audiences of over 240,000 over the course of 5 festivals, and an audience of millions through its extensive media coverage and online platforms. The most recent market research findings show that the festival attracts a more ethnically diverse audience than is generally seen in London arts audiences. Its achievements were acknowledged in 2018 when the Festival was awarded the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture for its work in promoting intercultural dialogue, developing Arab culture and enhancing mutual understanding.