Arab art and culture festival begins in London

Shubbak festival spread over seventy events in more than 30 venues will showcase work by contemporary Arab artists
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Munira Mirza (C), a Mayoral Advisor on Arts and Culture, poses for a photograph with musicians Zeid Hamdan (L) and Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (R) at the launch of the festival 'Shubbak : A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture' on July 4, 2011 in London, England. Zeid and Tamer will perform the opening concert of the Shubbak festival entitled 'A Musical Revolution into the Arab World'. The Shubbak Arab arts festival, organised by the Mayor of London and sponsored by HSBC, takes place in London and runs from July 4-24, 2011. (Getty Images)
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Munira Mirza (C), a Mayoral Advisor on Arts and Culture, addresses an audience in front of an artwork in City Hall by Hala Elkoussy entitled 'The Myths and Legends Room - The Mural' at the launch of the festival 'Shubbak : A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture' on July 4, 2011 in London, England. The Shubbak Arab arts festival, organised by the Mayor of London and sponsored by HSBC, takes place in London and runs from July 4-24, 2011. (Getty Images)
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Musicians Zeid Hamdan (L) and Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (R) perform a song at the launch of the festival 'Shubbak : A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture' on July 4, 2011 in London, England. Zeid and Tamer will perform the opening concert of the Shubbak festival entitled 'A Musical Revolution into the Arab World'. The Shubbak Arab arts festival, organised by the Mayor of London and sponsored by HSBC, takes place in London and runs from July 4-24, 2011. (Getty Images)
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Musicians Zeid Hamdan and Tamer Abu Ghazaleh perform a song at the launch of the festival 'Shubbak : A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture' on July 4, 2011 in London, England. Zeid and Tamer will perform the opening concert of the Shubbak festival entitled 'A Musical Revolution into the Arab World'. The Shubbak Arab arts festival, organised by the Mayor of London and sponsored by HSBC, takes place in London and runs from July 4-24, 2011. (Getty Images)
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Key members of the Shubbak festival pose for a photograph in front of an artwork in City Hall by Hala Elkoussy entitled 'The Myths and Legends Room - The Mural' at the launch of the festival 'Shubbak : A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture' on July 4, 2011 in London, England. The Shubbak Arab arts festival, organised by the Mayor of London and sponsored by HSBC, takes place in London and runs from July 4-24, 2011. From left to right: Khaled Fahmy, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the American University in Cairo, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, a Palestinian composer, Noreen Abu Oun, the Executive Director of the Arab-British Centre, Munira Mirza, a Mayoral Advisor on Arts and Culture, Zeid Hamdan, a pioneer of modern Arabic music, Omar Al-Qattan, a film director and producer. (Getty Images)
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A woman admires an artwork in City Hall by Hala Elkoussy entitled 'The Myths and Legends Room - The Mural' at the launch of the festival 'Shubbak : A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture' on July 4, 2011 in London, England. The Shubbak Arab arts festival, organised by the Mayor of London and sponsored by HSBC, takes place in London and runs from July 4-24, 2011. (Getty Images)
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Musician Tamer Abu Ghazaleh performs a song at the launch of the festival 'Shubbak : A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture' on July 4, 2011 in London, England. Tamer Abu Ghazaleh will be joined by other musicians to perform the opening concert of the Shubbak festival entitled 'A Musical Revolution into the Arab World'. The Shubbak Arab arts festival, organised by the Mayor of London and sponsored by HSBC, takes place in London and runs from July 4-24, 2011. (Getty Images)
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Munira Mirza, a Mayoral Advisor on Arts and Culture, poses in front of an artwork in City Hall by Hala Elkoussy entitled 'The Myths and Legends Room - The Mural' at the launch of the festival 'Shubbak : A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture' on July 4, 2011 in London, England. The Shubbak Arab arts festival, organised by the Mayor of London and sponsored by HSBC, takes place in London and runs from July 4-24, 2011. (Getty Images)