Shubback Festival was founded in 2011 by the Mayor of London. It is London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. The festival seeks to bring London audiences and communities together with the “best of contemporary Arab culture”. The programme includes new presentation and commissions of “visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature, and architecture” as well as discussion and debate.
The 2015 festival 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. The 2017 programme, led by Artistic Director, Eckhard Thiemann, and Festival Director, Daniel Gorman, will take place this summer.