Shubbak, London

July 2017


Date July 2017
Venue London, United Kingdom

Shubbak (window) is London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. Founded in 2011 by the Mayor of London, 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, architecture and debate. Shubbak 2015 included over 130 artists, originating from 18 Arab countries, across 70 events in more than 40 venues, performing to a total audience of over 50,000.
Shubbak is an International Strategic Cultural Partner of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation

Shubbak 2017
Projects co-commissioned by Abu Dhabi Festival

Tarek Yamani Trio
King’s Place, London – 7 July, 7.30pm
Following the world premiere of his latest commission at the Abu Dhabi Festival ‘Peninsular: Portraits in Khaleeji Rhythms & Jazz’, pianist Tarek Yamani will perform original music from his albums ‘Lisan Al Tarab and ‘Peninsular: Portraits in Khaleeji Rhythms and Jazz’ (an Abu Dhabi Festival 2017 commission) with Elie Afif on bass, Khaled Yassine on percussion and special guest, the British-Bahraini jazz trumpeter Yaz Ahmed. (audience capacity: 420)

Woman at Point Zero & Four Arab Composers
LSO St Lukes, London – 13 July, 7.30pm
Produced in partnership with The Royal Opera, an evening of five new works by composers from the Arab world. Bushra El Turk’s ‘Women at Point Zero’ is a new opera based on the novel by Egyptian author, feminist and doctor Nawal El Saadawi. ‘Four Arab Composers’ marks the culmination of the inaugural Arab Composer Residency with Amir ElSaffar (Iraq/US), Nadim Husni (Syria/Poland), Bahaa El Ansary (Egypt) and Nabil Benabdeljalil (Morocco). (audience capacity: 412)