In Arabic, the word 'shubbak' means 'window', and every year, the Shubbak Festival in Hammersmith opens a window on the Arab world. For two weeks between the 22nd June - 6th July, you can explore Arab culture at Lyric Square, where the festival will feature fifteen countries across forty events. There will be film, music, art, performances, talks, and family activities, and for the opening weekend, everything will be free.
Visual art exhibits feature a retrospective on the work of the exiled Iraqi artist Mahmoud Sabri, photography from Egypt's Magical Ministry Circus, and student posters with themes surrounding the Syrian uprising.
Performances will include The Comedy of Oedipus, by playwright Ali Salem. The story is set in Egypt, and is a hilarious satire with popularity contests and papparazzi. Once Upon a Time retells popular folktales and is suitable for children eight and up, and a more adult theme show is Madame Plaza , performed by four women with erotic overtones.
On the music side, there will be contemporary orchestras, traditional Nubian drummers, as well as Eastern and Western fusions. You can also see a documentary on New Writing, short political films, and a screening of Round Trip, a love story about a taxi driver in Damascus.
To get a deeper perspective, then you should attend some of the talks and debates, such as a discussion on Faith and Fashion or an exploration of Arab Fiction.