From the play "Danton's Return" on the opening day of the festival</p><div><p>Since its launch in London in 2011, coinciding with the beginnings of the Arab Spring, the Shubbak Festival: A Window on مهرجان <a target="_blank" href="https://www.alaraby.co.uk/culture/%22%D9%85%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A3%D9%81%D9%8A%D9%86%D9%8A%D9%88%D9%86%22-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%AD-%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%B2%D9%84%D8%AA%D9%8A%D9%86" rel="noopener">Contemporary Arab culture</a>He tries to keep pace with the current artistic scene in Arab countries and its questions or new expressive forms, by presenting to the British audience, or the Arab residing in Britain, images of movement and production in the fields of cinema, literature, dance, theater, performance and music.
Although the festival, which takes place once every two years, comes in its sixth edition at its usual time (between June and July), unlike many cultural events and festivals whose organizers were forced to postpone or cancel due to health conditions, the Corona pandemic casts its shadow on A large part of the festival program, with many Offers and meetings online, with the public allowed to attend some of the other events.
“Shabbak” will launch next Sunday, June 20, with a performance of the play “The Return of Danton” by Syrian director Omar Al-Arian and “Maqlouba Gathering”, which includes many Syrian actors and artists residing in Europe, such as Amal Omran, Muhammad Al Rashi and Muhammad Dibo, And Kanan Humaidan, in addition to the dramaturg Mudhir argument. The work is a contemporary restoration of a text of the same title by German writer Georg Büchner about the French Revolution, in which the protagonists of the play enter into deep discussions about the meaning of the rehearsals. Syrian Revolution Each of them, and each one of them a role in it.
Among the participating works are also the play “The Heart of the Earth is Bigger Than Its Map”, represented by the Palestinian Ramzi Makdissi and directed by the British Olivia Ferber, the musical show “Sawa, Sawa” by fourteen artists residing in London, and the “Borders Behind Us” project by Palestinian oud player Adnan Jubran. A number of films, such as “Here and There” by Lebanese director Omama Hamido, in addition to seminars, meetings and workshops on issues of contemporary Arab art, feminism, gender, writing, and cinematography.