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Shubbak Festival

Issue No. 2260

This festival offers a “shubbak” (“window” in Arabic) on Arab art and culture. It features over 100 artists at some 70 talks, concerts and exhibitions across the capital.

The Arab Spring is always in the background, with events like From Facebook to Nassbook at the Modern Islamic and Contemporary Art gallery.

This features exciting and moving art from before, during and after the toppling of the Mubarak dictatorship in Egypt.

You can also catch an adaptation of Kafka’s In the Penal Colony, by Palestinian company ShibaHur at the Young Vic.

This being an event organised by the Mayor of London’s office and sponsored by a big bank, not everything has the same radical edge.

But there is still plenty going on to inspire and entertain.

London, until 24 July

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Tue 12 Jul 2011, 17:04 BST
Issue No. 2260
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