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A 10 day Muslim Art and Cultural festival offering 50 events across the City.

Muslim Art and Cultural festival (MACFEST 2018)

MACFEST is a ground-breaking new 10-day festival celebrating art, literature, music, culture and the heritage of the Muslim diaspora. It offers 50 events across Manchester, most of them free. MACFEST aims to bring Muslim and non-Muslim communities together, promote social inclusion and overcome barriers.








The bill is packed with leading thinkers, entertainers, artists and writers.

As a published author herself, Shahraz has ensured a lengthy programme of literature events for MACFEST. She will personally take part in a discussion with fellow award-winning writer Leila Aboulela, moderated by Libby Tempest of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

There will also be poetry, inspiring readings, panels and lectures, all celebrating Muslim writers.

Live music will come from artists from different Muslim countries, and from students at the University of Manchester.

A highlight of the festival will be the historical insights provided by Manchester’s local communities.

Visitors will get to hear the story of Robert ‘Reschid’ Stanley from his great great grandchildren, a man who was the Mayor of Stalybridge and “a Victorian secret Muslim”. Stanley is thought to have been the first Muslim mayor.


The festival will be held at the British Muslim Heritage Centre and venues across the city including the following:

  • The Manchester College
  • Whitworth Art Gallery
  • Manchester Central Library
  • Longsight library
  • Abraham Moss High School
  • Manchester Central Mosque
  • University of Manchester
  • Elizabeth Gaskell House
  • Manchester Museum
  • Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre
  • The Turkish Centre.

Revolutionary Women Around the World will be an art exhibition and discussion with Faiqa Uppal and Sairah Yassir-Deane.

Follow @MACFESTUK on Twitter for updates. 
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