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The Sufi Festival Of Islamic Arts and Mysticism Is Returning To Glasgow, Scotland!

“The Festival will showcase Sufism with celebrated Muslim artistic talent from across the UK and abroad, whilst delving this year even farther into the philosophical and spiritual depths of one of the world’s oldest spiritual traditions.”

“The Festival will showcase Sufism with celebrated Muslim artistic talent from across the UK and abroad, whilst delving this year even farther into the philosophical and spiritual depths of one of the world’s oldest spiritual traditions.”

The second Sufi Festival of Islamic Arts and Mysticism is returning to Glasgow and will take place at the art venue Tramway and the adjoining Hidden Gardens.

Over two days – from Saturday, July 23rd to Sunday, July 24th, 2022 – the festival will welcome eminent artists and scholars from around the world.

With a new program bringing worldwide leading authorities in Sufi artistic disciplines and thought, there will also be a Sufi Conference at this year’s Festival.

Some of the incredible highlights of the festival include:

  • Egyptian-British scholar Shaykh Ahmed Saad al-Azhari, director of the Ihsan Institute, speaking at the conference
  • Syrian-American scholar and author Shaykh Dr Muhammad al-Ninowy, based in Atlanta, Georgia, whose lineage is traced back to the Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him), speaking at the conference
  • Multi-award-winning Khayaal Theatre, staging performances of Rumi’s Tales of Wisdom
  • Photography Exhibition by Turkish photographer and translator, Omer Saruhanlioglu
  • Performances by internationally acclaimed Arabic music ensemble Oxford Maqam, among many others.

Tickets are FREE via Eventbrite at www.sufifestival.org, with a paid evening concert with headliners Shah e Mardan, a Qawwali ensemble led by the former apprentice to the late master of the artform, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, presenting a force of mesmerizing, trance-like rhythms and melodic intricacy.

Tariq Mahmood, the festival organiser, says:

The Festival will showcase Sufism with celebrated Muslim artistic talent from across the UK and abroad, whilst delving this year even farther into the philosophical and spiritual depths of one of the world’s oldest spiritual traditions. This fabulous weekend for all the family will be a crucial intervention in the cultural recovery of our city this summer – and once again an invaluable space to enable exchange and dialogue between people of all backgrounds as we re-connect in our communities.”

Sufi Festival 2022 is funded by Creative Scotland, the Safera Foundation, The University of Edinburgh Al Waleed Centre, Arts and Business Scotland, and the Glasgow Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, making the event a key highlight of post-Covid cultural recovery in the city of Glasgow – also partnered with venue The Tramway, part of Glasgow Life.

The full program is available at www.sufifestival.org/programme/.

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