Shubbak Festival

A WINDOW ON CONTEMPORARY ARAB CULTURE

Shubbak (meaning ‘window’ in Arabic) is London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. Founded in 2011 by the Mayor of London, Shubbak is now an independent charity (charity number: 1150374) whose founding Chair was Omar al-Qattan.

Shubbak connects 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, literature and debate. We work with arts institutions in London and internationally.

Venue Type:

Festivals

Opening hours

The 2019 Shubbak Festival runs from 28 June to 14 July

Admission charges

Various

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
fingers joined

10 to 10

  • 28 June — 14 July 2019

Shubbak has invited photographer Hassan Al-Mousaoy to work with recently arrived young people in West London, charting their daily lives in sequences of personal photographs. Participants will select, edit and install their work in the intimate setting of the Bush Theatre Attic. The images follow the rhythm of their day.

Based in London for 11 years, Hassan Al-Mousaoy’s unique project My Life in Pictures brought together images taken by young Iraqis from his first visit back to Iraq with images by young migrants in London.

Presented with additional support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, in collaboration with the British Red Cross, Young Roots, and Barnet Refugee Service.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Languages

  • English, Arabic, French

Where

Bush Theatre
7 Uxbridge Road
London
London
W12 8LJ

Admission

Free

Website

https://bushtheatre.co.uk

Photograph of a woman lying down with a cigarette in her hand

Becoming

  • 28 June — 13 July 2019

For 'Becomin'g Tunisian artist Hela Ammar spent time with women in London who have recently arrived, and carefully balancing the normality of London living with a period of personally unsettled existence.

Large-scale portrait photographs are pasted on different surfaces in the market. Voices and stories, sourced through interviews, are audible and blend with the different sounds of the market.

Visitors are invited to pause and contemplate on questions of displacement, migration, integration, coexistence, belonging and becoming in the midst of a bustling market environment, where many nationalities and cultures meet.

Hela Ammar is a Tunisian visual artist and lawyer. Memory, identity and marginal communities are recurrent themes in her work. She has exhibited in major international biennales, including regular installations at Dream City in Tunis. Her works are in the collections of the British Museum and the Institut du Monde Arabe.

Presented with additional support from Qatar Foundation International, British Council, and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, in collaboration with Single Homeless Project and Scheherazade Initiative.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Languages

  • English, French, Arabic

Where

Shepherd's Bush Market
Shepherd's Bush
London
London
W12 8DF

Getting there

Shepherd's Bush Market and Goldhawk Road tube station.

Admission

Free

Website

http://shubbak.co.uk

cars in the desert

Belonging, Sideways

  • 29 June — 14 July 2019

Looking at cultural diversity, migration and the challenges of coexistence, Belonging, Sideways features work from different corners of Algeria and dealing with complex histories, geographies and biographies.

Mounir Gouri’s stitched plates refer to the trade of illegal migrants in his coastal hometown in the North East of the country.

Artist illustrator Sarah Ouadah re-interprets the classic poem of the tragic Bedouin love story Hyzia as a digital fantasy for a new generation of readers. Rima Djahnine’s cartography-inspired installation weaves fragments of maps, film, GPS data and documents into personal narratives of homecoming and memories.

With his iPhone, the photographer Fethi Sahraoui captures a series of cars as scenes of ordinary life in the Saharawi camps located on the southwestern province of Algeria.

Abdo Shanan displays material from his award-winning book Diary: Exile, which reflects on his experiences as an artist of Algerian and Sudanese origin, who lived for

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • French, Arabic, English

Where

Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Road
London
London
E1 6lA

Getting there

Liverpool Street

Admission

Free

Website

https://richmix.org.uk

Diagram of 22 brightly coloured units

Geographical Child's Play

  • 29 June 2019 1-8pm

22 brightly coloured units equalling in number the 22 states of the Arab League are arranged in different constellations to offer new viewpoints of geographies, nations and the power to imagine other realities. No unit can stand on its own, but has to be grafted onto others. Some constellations seem hierarchical, others more egalitarian.

Geographical Child’s Play conjures up poignant and surprising alignments and dependencies. Stretching nearly 10m as a line or barely 3m as a circle, Geographical Child’s Play is Bricklab’s most public and engaging sculpture so far.

The bright colours and low level hint at nursery furniture or playground equipment. It is an invitation to imagine geopolitics through the lens of play and a deliberately naïve hope.

Established in Jeddah in 2015 Bricklab (Abdulrahman & Turki Gazzaz) quickly established itself as one of the most dynamic current design practices in Saudi Arabia. Their work has been shown at 21,39 Saudi Art Week, Alserkal Avenue in Dubai and Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2018 they took part in the British Council and V&A International Designers Workshop.

Produced by Will Sandy. The commission of Bricklab has been generously supported by the British Council and individual donors Sara Ali Reza and Faisal Tamer.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • Any age

Where

Art at the Lake
Willen Lake
Milton Keynes
Bucks
MK15 0DS

Admission

Free

Website

https://shubbak.co.uk

22 brightly coloured units

Geographical Child's Play

  • 30 June 2019 12-7pm

22 brightly coloured units equalling in number the 22 states of the Arab League are arranged in different constellations to offer new viewpoints of geographies, nations and the power to imagine other realities. No unit can stand on its own, but has to be grafted onto others. Some constellations seem hierarchical, others more egalitarian. Geographical Child’s Play conjures up poignant and surprising alignments and dependencies. Stretching nearly 10m as a line or barely 3m as a circle, Geographical Child’s Play is Bricklab’s most public and engaging sculpture so far.

The bright colours and low level hint at nursery furniture or playground equipment. It is an invitation to imagine geopolitics through the lens of play and a deliberately naïve hope.

Established in Jeddah in 2015 Bricklab (Abdulrahman & Turki Gazzaz) quickly established itself as one of the most dynamic current design practices in Saudi Arabia. Their work has been shown at 21,39 Saudi Art Week, Alserkal Avenue in Dubai and Venice.

Architecture Biennale. In 2018 they took part in the British Council and V&A International Designers Workshop.

Produced by Will Sandy. The commission of Bricklab has been generously supported by the British Council and individual donors Sara Ali Reza and Faisal Tamer.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • Any age
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Languages

  • English,

Where

British Library Piazza
96 Euston Road
London
London
NW1 2DB

Getting there

King's Cross Station

Admission

Free

Website

hhtps://shubbak.co.uk

A representation of an Arabic word 'there after'

Amma Baad

  • 2 July — 10 August 2019

In his first solo presentation in the UK, Nasser Al Salem presents a project exploring the relationship between language, time and space through a series of sculptural and multimedia workings of the phrase ‘there after’ in its Arabic script. ‘Amma baad’ is an expression used in official correspondence which follows sentences of salutations and greetings and precedes the act of formulating the story to come. ‘Amma’ acts as a substitute to the act and asserts what is to follow, while ‘baad’ is a dimension in time and space.

Nasser Al Salem is formally trained in calligraphy and architecture, both disciplines that have had a strong impact in the development of his practice. He engages with new perspectives towards the written word and calligraphy. He lives and work in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. During summer 2018 Al Salem was an artist-in-residence at Delfina Foundation.

Curated by Maya El Khalil.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • English, Arabic

Where

Delfina Foundation
29-31 Catherine Place
London
London
SW1E 6DY

Admission

Free

Website

https://delfinafoundation.com,

22 brightly coloured untils

Geographical Child's Play

  • 7 July 2019 10am-5:30pm

22 brightly coloured units equalling in number the 22 states of the Arab League are arranged in different constellations to offer new viewpoints of geographies, nations and the power to imagine other realities. No unit can stand on its own, but has to be grafted onto others. Some constellations seem hierarchical, others more egalitarian. Geographical Child’s Play conjures up poignant and surprising alignments and dependencies. Stretching nearly 10m as a line or barely 3m as a circle, Geographical Child’s Play is Bricklab’s most public and engaging sculpture so far.
The bright colours and low level hint at nursery furniture or playground equipment. It is an invitation to imagine geopolitics through the lens of play and a deliberately naïve hope.

Established in Jeddah in 2015 Bricklab (Abdulrahman & Turki Gazzaz) quickly established itself as one of the most dynamic current design practices in Saudi Arabia. Their work has been shown at 21,39 Saudi Art Week, Alserkal Avenue in Dubai and Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2018 they took part in the British Council and V&A International Designers Workshop.

Produced by Will Sandy. The commission of Bricklab has been generously supported by the British Council and individual donors Sara Ali Reza and Faisal Tamer.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Languages

  • english

Where

British Museum
Great Russell Street
London
London
WC1B 3DG

Admission

Free

Website

hhtps://SHUBBAK.CO.UK

figures on a map

Aicha El Beloui

  • 7 July 2019 10am-5:30pm

Gathering personal narratives through interviews, researching the sound archives in the British Library and walking through West London’s streets, the artist discovered the agreements between Morocco, Spain and France as the catalysts to Moroccan presence in the city.

Drawing from this material she will create one of her distinctive maps. Seemingly simply rendered in black and white, they are filled with richly textured incident and associative connections. Charting routes between Morocco and London, and recognising original dreams and aspirations as well as today’s experiences of second and third generation young people, the artist invites the viewer to reflect on themes of citizenship and belonging.

Aicha El Beloui’s map will be available in paper formats, digitally and as an installation, travelling to different sites across the city.

Aicha El Beloui is a Casablanca-based illustrator, graphic designer, and creative director. Trained as an architect, she worked originally for UNESCO in heritage preservation. She regularly works with communities to discover a neighbourhood and filters her observations into maps and illustrations.

Produced by Cedar Lewisohn. Presented with additional support from Drosos Foundation and Nour Creative Learning Programme in collaboration with Al Hasaniya and FerArts.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Languages

  • English, French, Arabic

Where

British Museum
Great Russell Street
London
London
WC1B 3DG

Additional info

Tottenham Court Road
Holborn
Russell Square
Buses 1,8,19,25,38,55,98,242

Admission

Free

Website

hhtps://Shubbak.co.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Figures on a map

Aicha El Beloui

  • 29 June 2019 10am-6pm

Gathering personal narratives through interviews, researching the sound archives in the British Library and walking through West London’s streets, the artist discovered the agreements between Morocco, Spain and France as the catalysts to Moroccan presence in the city.
Drawing from this material she will create one of her distinctive maps. Seemingly simply rendered in black and white, they are filled with richly textured incident and associative connections. Charting routes between Morocco and London, and recognising original dreams and aspirations as well as today’s experiences of second and third generation young people, the artist invites the viewer to reflect on themes of citizenship and belonging.
Aicha El Beloui’s map will be available in paper formats, digitally and as an installation, travelling to different sites across the city.
Aicha El Beloui is a Casablanca-based illustrator, graphic designer, and creative director. Trained as an architect, she worked originally for UNESCO in heritage preservation. She regularly works with communities to discover a neighbourhood and filters her observations into maps and illustrations.
Produced by Cedar Lewisohn. Presented with additional support from Drosos Foundation and Nour Creative Learning Programme in collaboration with Al Hasaniya and FerArts.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Languages

  • Arabic, French, English

Where

Museum of London
150 London Wall
London
London
EC2Y 5HN

Additional info

Barbican, Liverpool Street, City Thameslink, Farringdon
Bus: 4,8,25,56,100,172,242,388,521

Admission

Free

Website

hhtps://shubbak.co.uk

Black and white map

Aicha El Beloui

  • 30 June 2019 12-7pm

Gathering personal narratives through interviews, researching the sound archives in the British Library and walking through West London’s streets, the artist discovered the agreements between Morocco, Spain and France as the catalysts to Moroccan presence in the city.

Drawing from this material she will create one of her distinctive maps. Seemingly simply rendered in black and white, they are filled with richly textured incident and associative connections. Charting routes between Morocco and London, and recognising original dreams and aspirations as well as today’s experiences of second and third generation young people, the artist invites the viewer to reflect on themes of citizenship and belonging.

Aicha El Beloui’s map will be available in paper formats, digitally and as an installation, travelling to different sites across the city.

Aicha El Beloui is a Casablanca-based illustrator, graphic designer, and creative director. Trained as an architect, she worked originally for UNESCO in heritage preservation. She regularly works with communities to discover a neighbourhood and filters her observations into maps and illustrations.

Produced by Cedar Lewisohn. Presented with additional support from Drosos Foundation and Nour Creative Learning Programme in collaboration with Al Hasaniya and FerArts.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Where

British Library Piazza
96 Euston Road
London
London
NW1 2DB

Getting there

Kings Cross Station

Admission

Free

Website

https://shubbak.co.uk

Woman's face in a clock face

Raw Queens

  • 5 July — 14 September 2019

Curated by Yasmina Naji, Raw Queens offers a cultural and political re-evaluation of the perceptions of women in the Arab world, and especially in Morocco. Featuring artists Fatima Mazmouz and Meriem Bennani, the exhibition explores art, feminism and post-colonialism. As an art project it seeks to open new spaces for conversation on gender and popular culture, constructing a new representation of indigenous figures of power.

Casablanca-born Fatima Mazmouz lives and works in Casablanca, Morocco. Through her multimedia practice, photography, performance and installation she often questions individual and cultural identities.

Meriem Benanni is based in New York and was born in Rabat in Morocco. She works in video, sculpture, multimedia installation, drawing and Instagram. She is known for her playful and humorous use of digital technologies such as 3D animation and motion capture.

Yasmina Naji is the founder of Kulte Center for Contemporary Art and Editions in Rabat, Morocco.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Mosaic Rooms
226 Cromwell Road
London
London
SW5 0SW

Admission

Free

Website

https://mosaicrooms.org

Man with flag that is being rolled up

The Second Copy 2045

  • 7 July 2019 11:30am-4:30pm

“It is a cloth, which is becoming a flag, which is becoming art, then an identity, a policy, a film, a choreography and finally a history”

We are in 2045, a time when current conflicts have ended. Artists’ archives become a source of knowledge for a new generation. Youness Atbane’s performance features in a future documentary film by a young film maker about the history of Moroccan art and the role of the artist in the early 21st century. The fictional film includes footage of the very performance we are watching. With lucid clarity and deadpan humour, The Second Copy takes a look at the dynamics of contemporary art, the role of institutions and the telling of history. Atbane makes us rethink the connections between objects, documentary and fiction in a museum context.

Youness Atbane is an artist dividing his time between Casablanca and Berlin and working between visual arts and performance. His work has been shown in major biennales and festivals. He won the prestigious ZKB Acknowledgment Prize 2018 at Theater Spektakel, Zurich.

Produced by British Museum.
Syria panel supported by the Atassi Foundation.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

The Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World
British Museum, Great Russell Street
London
London
WC1B 3DG

Admission

Free

Website

https://britishmuseum.org

Shubbak Festival
1 Gough Square
London
EC4A 3DE
England

Website

http://www.shubbak.co.uk

E-mail

anna@annaarthurpr.com

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