The organisers of Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture  open a call for Arab artists and organisations to submit their suggestions for projects for the 2013 programme, which is currently under construction. The next festival is scheduled to take place from 22 June - 6 July 2013.
Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture was first held in July 2011 and presented over seventy events, including visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture and lectures in more than 30 key cultural venues throughout the city of London.
In a statement released in 2011, Mayor of London Borris Johnson described Shubbak as "a unique chance for Londoners to glimpse the breadth and excellence of contemporary Arab culture and its influence on London's cultural scene today."
The festival reflected a growing interest in Arab culture following the series of uprisings sparked in the region. "At a time of remarkable political and social change, Shubbak marks an exciting moment between artists in the capital and across the Arab world," said Johnson.