Shubbak, the London-based festival for contemporary Arabic culture

London, 16 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The second edition of Shubbak (which means window in Arabic) ended on 6 July with two events. The first event consisted in a three-day celebration titled “Ehtifal,” from 4 to 6 July, which was organised by the Serpentine Gallery in partnership with the Qatar Museums Authority. The second event featured a retrospective devoted to 83-year-old artist Ibrahim El-Salahi. The event titled “Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist” is currently being presented by Tate Modern, from 3 July to 22 September 2013, and presents a corpus of works by the artist originally from Sudan. The event, which lasted fifteen days, featured a vast selection of Arabic creations, ranging from fine arts to theatre, also including music, literature and architecture. The artists presented came from sixteen Arabic nations, representing works illustrating the underground and experimental movements, such as those of Soraya Syed and Hanaa Malallah, as well as renowned works, such as those of Saloua Raouda Choucair and Boushra...

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First festival of Contemporary Arab culture in London soon

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...

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