About the Festival

Sufi Festival

28th July 2019 The Tramway, Glasgow

The 2019 Sufi Festival welcomes you on an extraordinary journey into the mystical and magnificent world of Sufism and the sacred realm of the soul, a music and arts spectacular showcasing the mystery and majesty of the ancient devotional practices of the Sufis.

Experience the soul-stirring poetry of Rumi, the transcendent, soaring rhythms of the Qawwali, the ritual solemnity of the mesmerising Whirling ceremony, and gain insight into the philosophy and esoteric wisdom of one of the oldest living mystical traditions.

A day-long festival spread across the Tramway and the Hidden Gardens, with accompanying events across the surrounding areas of Pollokshields and Govanhill, the Sufi Festival will open a door into the art and culture of Sufism, from music, poetry and theatre, to art and craft, storytelling, and ritual ceremonies of devotion. There will also be a host of talks by leading academics and Sufi scholars about the history, ideas, and relevance of Sufism in the world today, and exhibitions of Islamic artefacts.

There will be workshops for festival-goers to get hands-on in the craft of Sufi art, poetry and calligraphy. Spellbinding tales will be recounted by storytellers, poets will read verse to transport the soul, and untold spiritual dimensions of sound will be uncovered by world-class musicians, while guests will be treated to a bazaar selling traditional handicrafts and of course, food and drink from across the Islamic world.

The Sufi Festival welcomes all people of all ages, abilities, faiths, ethnicities, gender identities and mindsets to come and share in an authentic exposition of Sufism organised by practicing Sufis, a cultural experience of Islamic art, culture and heritage in the heart of Scotland’s most diverse and multicultural community in the heart of Glasgow’s Southside.

Come and join us on the 28th of July 2019 from 10am to 11pm at The Tramway Theatre for a day of laughter, enjoyment and learning, and bring your family and friends.

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