Shubbak Young Advisors

Are you aged 16-25 and want to be part of an international multi-arts festival?
Become a Shubbak Young Advisor.

Shubbak is Europe’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. We connect London audiences and communities with the best of contemporary Arab culture through ambitious festival programmes of premieres and commissions of visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, and literature. This year’s festival featured 230 artists in over 60 events at 25 locations from 28 June–14 July 2019.  

For the first time, we are forming a Young Advisors Group to ensure our programming is relevant, meaningful, and current to young people’s cultural experience. As a Young Advisor, you will be able to share your opinions with the Shubbak team during monthly meetings where we attend events, discuss, debate, and plan. Interests in any and all art forms are encouraged; from theatre and visual arts to street dance and spoken word. 

As a Young Advisor you will:

  • Help shape Shubbak’s next festival programme 
  • Get free tickets to performances and events across London 
  • Access free expertise workshops with industry professionals across art forms
  • Develop professional networks 
  • Receive mentorship and careers advice on curating, producing, fundraising, and marketing

After a year, you will have the opportunity to progress and become a Young Associate. Young Associates come together to conceive and produce their own event for Shubbak Festival 2021. 

Some of the events we’ll attend in 2019 (more TBC): 

Performance & Theatre

  • Now is the Time to Say Nothing at the BAC + workshop
  • A History of Water in the Middle East at the Royal Court + workshop
  • A Museum in Baghdad at the RSC + backstage tour

Visual Arts

  • Sophia Al-Maria at Tate Britain
  • Mona Hatoum at White Cube
  • Aya Haidar at Cubitt Gallery


  • Cairokee at Electric Ballroom
  • Kareem Samara & Guests EFG Jazz Festival at Rich Mix
  • Al Sarah & The Nubatones / Juliana Yazbeck at ULU


  • Syrian Shorts at Leighton House Museum


  • Hanan Al-Shaykh at the British Library
  • Amina Jama’s poetry collection launch at the Free Word Centre 
  • Home Truths - monologues on ‘home’ by writers of colour 

Next Steps

Application Deadline – 10 October 2019 (noon)

Tell us about yourself and why this opportunity appeals to you by filling out this application form by noon on October 10th, 2019. If your application is successful, you will be invited for the first meeting on October 16th (evening). Our first event outing and workshop will be on October 19th (daytime).

We particularly welcome applications from young people from Arab or Arab/Mixed backgrounds, but this is not a requirement. 

For any questions, contact our producer Taghrid:
Via email:
Shubbak Festival Facebook Page 
Or call/Whatsapp: 07516 111875

Get the application form