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

Muslim Art and Cultural festival (MACFEST 2018)

A brand new multi-arts festival is coming to Manchester this November, with more than 40 events taking place over 10 days.

MACFEST will celebrate Muslim arts and culture through a programme packed with food, music, art, film, comedy, literature and performance.









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.
‘Your chance to contribute to an amazing art festival dedicated to building cultural bridges, and celebrating Muslim heritage.’ Qaisra Shahraz FRSA, Founder and Director of MACFEST find out how you can support this Festival: https://www.launchgood.com/project/macfest#!/



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