The Shubbak festival celebrates the very best contemporary culture from across the Arab world.
The event offers a feast of exhibitions, concerts, films, plays, family events and talks from today's most innovative Arab artists.
Shubbak – which means "window" in Arabic – was launched by the Mayor of London's office in July 2011 and is now a biennial event.
Shubbak Festival Highlights
Highlights of the 2013 Shubbak festival include:
- An opening weekend with free family events at Lyric Square in Hammersmith
- A double bill at the Barbican featuring two of Algeria's most outspoken musical rebels: rock and rai performer Rachid Taha and singer-songwriter Souad Massi
- Experimental theatre from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco
- A major programme of films in collaboration with Ciné Lumiere at the Institut Francais, British Museum and ICA
- An exhibition at Tate Modern of work by visionary 83-year-old Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi and Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair
- A rare appearance by Lebanese composer and oud master Marcel Khalifé
- A discussion as part of the Faith and Fashion series at London College of Fashion examining the trend for "conservative chic" among young Muslim women
- A closing party at The Flyover Portobello showcasing Arab hip-hop, soul and reggae
For a full programme, including venues and times for each event, visit the Shabbak website.