We’re sure you would have heard that the Shubbak Festival came to the market last week. Missed out? Well you can catch up here!

London’s largest Arabic cultural event made their way through our gates last week for 3 days of fun. Traders and customers were thoroughly entertained with live music, storytelling, an introduction into food memories and a breathtaking art installation by an international art collective! We hope you had a chance to come by and join in on the festivities, and if not, read on to find out what you missed…

Occupying one of our pop up pitches, no one was able to resist taking a second out of the day to unwind and relax in the incredible art installation by Variant Space; a groundbreaking collective of international Muslim female artists who have come together with one aim, passion and love: the arts. You could soak in the atmosphere whilst listening to the sounds of the record player, or even indulge in a spot of TV. 

The main stage saw a variety of musical performances take place at regular intervals throughout the day, from traditional live music, DJ sets & poetry readings passers by were thoroughly entertained by a collection of unique and unmissable talent. We were even treated to an amazing performance by our local kids from Miles Coverdale Primary School!

You could take a moment to lose yourself in the storytelling nook, beautifully decorated to transport any dweller into the Arabian desert, treating your ears to some wonderfully imaginative tales. One of our double stalls was also transformed into a pop up cinema where a range of short independent films played throughout the entirety of the festival. 

The food memories were very popular amongst passers by – an interactive piece where you could add ingredients and have your dish named. Conveniently located by one of our most popular food vendors, the game certainly became a highlight of the festival!


We had an amazing 3 days and couldn’t be happier to have been a part of this spectacular event, make sure to comment below what was your favourite part of the festival! On to Shubbak 2019! 

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