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Shubbak in Shepherd’s Bush

Join us for three days of creative interventions as artists take over Shepherd’s Bush’s busy market, and mingle with shoppers and market traders.

As part of its 2017 collaboration with two influential festivals in the Arab region to imagine new responses to local contexts, Shubbak has invited artistic directors Aurélien Zouki and Eric Deniaud (Collectif Kahraba) to commission a series of events for the Shepherd’s Bush area, exploring West London’s vibrant neighbourhood with a rich multicultural history. A collaboration with Nehna Wel Amar Wel Jiran festival featuring Studio Kawakeb, Alia Alzougbi, Variant Space, Maya Youssef and Omer Eltigani.

Nehna Wel Amar Wel Jiran (We, the Moon and the Neighbours) is an annual outdoors festival in Beirut, led by Collectif Kahraba and named after a famous Lebanese song. Throughout the festival, the neighbourhood becomes alive with storytelling, puppetry, theatre, dance and music, and meetings between local residents, artists and visitors.

Experience Beirut’s quirky design collective Studio Kawakeb as they occupy and transform the site through an exploration of the area’s visual identity.

Let yourself be guided by Alia Alzougbi’s storytelling, as she gathers personal and alternative stories.

Immerse yourself and take part in a soundscape booth by London’s all-female arts collective Variant Space, as they record and broadcast local audio chronicles.

Come and enjoy a variety of music performances, including renowned kanun player Maya Youssef.

Let your senses be stirred by Sudanese chef and artist Omer Eltigani’s exploration of food and memory.

Each day will end with a concert at the newly reopened Bush Theatre.


This event is part of Shubbak Festival 2017.

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