In June of 2011 London held it’s very first Shubbak festival in honor of their relations with the Arabic Nation. This is not your average music festival that lasts a day or maybe a weekend. This 15 day experience will give residents along with visitors the chance to discover the up and coming talent that comes from the Arabic community. Talent will come from those who consider themselves at least temporary citizens all the way to those who will travel here for the event.
If you find yourself intrigued but are concerned that you are not currently a part of the Arabic arts and don’t know much about them, Rotana Mousica can fill you in while providing you with enough entertainment to prep you prior to the events that will be happening all around you in a few short weeks.
From June 22 through July 6 you will have the opportunity to take part in 40 different events as well as 9 exhibitions that have been supported by the AM Qattan Foundation. This events will take place at venues across London and are sure to give us the best of Arab culture. There will be a few events that do not cater to families and children, however the majority of them are kid friendly.
Mark your calendars as you won’t want to miss what is coming your way. With the festival lasting over 2 weeks you should easily be able to block out a day to enjoy all that Shubbak will have to offer. You will be able to find anything from music to fashion and everything artistic that falls in between. These events are not limited and even include some lectures and debates.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson who announced the return of the event back in April had some words to show his excitement…”London’s relationship with the Arab world goes back to medieval times and today the cultural links between the capital and this hugely diverse region are stronger than ever” It seems he is not only on board but is wanting to keep the relationship strong and this tradition alive for many years to come.
There is a full schedule of events that would be impossible to fit into one article without boring you to death or overwhelming your brain with dates, times and places. Instead of doing that I will just give you a highlight of some events you will want to look into attending.
The Arab Museum of Modern art will present a program that is family friendly. This program will be a two day event that will include performances along with family fun and games. The location for this will be the Serpentine Gallery located in Kensington Gardens.
If you are a film buff or just enjoy seeing things first. You should check out the three films being highlighted at The Arab British Centre. The centre has been in collaboration with the Dubai film festival to bring these films to London during the 2013 Shubbak festival.
Marcel Khalife who is known as the Artist for Peace will come back to London to put on a concert at Barbican Hall. He is one of Lebonon’s most celebrated musicians and will be putting on a show I doubt you ever forget.
For those of you who find yourself more attracted to the visual side of art you may want to check out the exhibition of graffiti that will be displayed at Rich Mix.
I am looking forward to these 15 days of fun even on the days I just get to witness the festivities through highlights on the local news. The bonus to all of these events is that most of them come with free admission. This is a perfect way to teach your kids about different cultures or if you find yourself less than understanding of the Arabic world, this is a great way to become in tune with a nation that is such close ties to the UK.