Islamic festival launches in Birmingham – full list of events

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A six month jamboree celebrating the Islamic heritage of Birmingham has officially launched. Salaam/23 Islamic Art and Culture Festival, the brainchild of producers behind the Birmingham 2022 Festival, will feature food, calligraphy, music, film, fashion and education workshops.

Local residents across Edgbaston, Small Heath and Birmingham City Centre can participate in what organisers call ‘dynamic vision between traditional and contemporary Islamic artforms’. The festival will also champion Islam internationally with homages to Africa, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Kashmir, Pakistan and Iraq.

One project includes Small Heath Voices, a photography and written word project for families and residents from the Kashmiri and BAME community in Small Heath/Yardley. Participants will learn photography skills and produce a portfolio that celebrates the cultural heritage of Small Heath.

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A sneak peek of the programme below:

Small Heath Voices, May-August 2023

A four month participatory photography project with a group of families and residents from underrepresented Kashmiri and BAME backgrounds.

Venue: Khidmat Community Centre, 2A Heather Road, Small Heath, Birmingham. Book here.

Qawali Fusion, July 2023

A modern fusion of Sufi Qawalis with classical and modern musicians, presented by Noreen Khan. Tickets on sale in June.

Salaam/23 Islamic Art and Culture Festival(Image: Victoria Park Producers)

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