London, 31 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
On 4 June, London will host its first festival dedicated to contemporary Arab culture.
The event is entitled “Shubbak”, meaning “window”, and focuses on the present-day Arab world. Exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, theatre, dance, literary salons, conferences and meetings will be presented and access will be free of charge. More than seventy events are expected to take place in thirty different sites throughout the city, from 4 to 24 June.
Shubbak was organised by Mayor of London Boris Johnson. On the event’s website, Johnson declares: “London is a global city in which Arab culture has played a significant part over the centuries – the word ’Trafalgar’ even originates from the Arabic language. This festival is a unique chance for Londoners to glimpse the breadth and excellence of contemporary Arab culture and its influence on London’s cultural scene today. At a time of remarkable political and social change, Shubbak marks an exciting moment between artists in the capital and across the Arab world. I have no doubt that it will stimulate, delight and surprise audiences.”
If the festival is a success, it is likely to take place again next year.