Eckhard Thiemann is artistic director of Shubbak, London’s largest festival of contemporary Arab culture (www.shubbak.co.uk) . He is also Programming Associate – Dance for The Lowry, one of UK’s largest arts centres (www.thelowry.com) . He is also Associate Artistic Curator for the Oslo International Dance Festival 2017 – CODA (www.codadancefest.no). He was a producer for the London 2012 Festival , curated the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival (2011), OUTSPOKEN – NEW PERFORMANCE FROM ARAB ARTISTS (2010) and African Crossroads for Dance Umbrella (2009). He programmed the first season for Pavilion Dance and was artistic director of Woking Dance Festival, and Year Of The Artist coordinator for South East Arts.