When the first festival to celebrate Arab culture was held in 2011 it was suffused with the elation of the Arab Spring.
Shubbak; A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture coincided with the fall of tyrannies, the rise of hope, the sense that everything was changing for the better, but today, now that the world has seen the spring wither and die as quickly as it bloomed, what is the role of the third Shubbak? Only weeks after the slaughter of holidaymakers in Tunisia the troubles confronting the Arab world are more disruptive, more intractable.
What kind of festival can celebrate a culture that is tearing itself apart?
Read more: Gulf News July 15, 2015