It Ain’t Where You From – A film by Philip Rachid (aka Soultrotter) on Tuesday, Jun 22 – Saturday, Jul 17

What do you do when you grow up without a family or a homeland, with a different vibe and a different tribe? You have to create your own path. Dance, music, spoken word, graphics and street art collide in this powerful film portrait of a thriving scene. Shot in outdoor and studio locations, imbued with saturated colours, stylish fashion and backed by a pulsating soundtrack, It Ain’t Where You From captures the melting pot of Gulf cities. Each artist has a personal history, each is struggling to find their way. We get to know what it takes to follow their passions and how Hip Hop gives voice to a third culture generation.

It Ain’t Where You From by director and filmmaker, Philip Rachid, is an offshoot of The Main Circle: 7.83, an enthralling and empowering transmedia documentary performance that explores the perception of B-Boy culture across Middle Eastern cultures and traditions, commissioned by The Arts Center.

More information here.

About Shubak Festival 2021

Experience an ambitious programme of contemporary Arab arts and culture that reflects on people, connections, and ideas in a fundamentally unsettled world.

Marathon DJ sets, Hip Hop, rap and trap legends, re-imagined classics, installations in iconic settings, and audio guided tours of an imaginary city: discover the power of Arab artists at the Shubbak Festival – the UK’s premier festival of contemporary Arab arts and culture. Shubbak is live in London, as well as broadcasting online from the UAE, Beirut, Gaza, Marrakech, Slemani, Riyadh, Khartoum, and Doha. Join artists, audiences, and communities both locally and globally through a festival programme that has been conceived especially for this year’s exceptional conditions.

Witness the extraordinary creativity, responsiveness, and imaginative power of Arab artists to speak of our times.
Check out Shubbak’s website for more information.