As he continues his trade mission to the Gulf the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for the return of Shubbak – London’s celebration of contemporary culture from across the Arab world, which he first launched in 2011.
Shubbak (the Arabic word for ‘window’) is a 15-day festival, which will give Londoners and the capital’s visitors the chance to discover new talent from the Arab world. It will also showcase artists who are established and well known in their own countries, but deserve a higher profile on the international stage.
The news comes as Boris Johnson visits two of Qatar’s leading cultural attractions - the Museum of Islamic Art and the Katara Cultural Village - during a three day trade mission to Doha. The Mayor, who will be meeting with Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Qatar Museums Authority, wants to build on the already strong cultural ties that exist between London and Doha and other countries across the Arab world.