Mashallah MK is a community festival featuring live music, food, performances and family entertainment at The Chrysalis Theatre on 25th September, 13.00 - 22:30.
Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture (MKIAC) are excited to present a day-long community festival at The Chrysalis Theatre. There is family entertainment in the afternoon, followed by an evening concert with dinner included.
‘Mashallah’ is a phrase used across the Arabic-speaking world to express beauty. This event has been created to celebrate the joy, appreciation and thankfulness we hold for the community’s support over the last year.
With films, storytelling and art activities, the afternoon programme is fun for all the family. Syrian specialities are on the menu for everyone with an evening ticket, and this is followed by must-see performances. The renowned Qawaali group, The Khan Brothers, will share the mesmerising heritage of Sufi Qawaali. Also featuring is Palestinian composer and Oud player Saied Silbak, who will pay homage to the landscape and trajectory of Palestine’s rich music history and Alia Alzougbi and Louai Alhenawi will delight MK with storytelling and music based on a collection of stories from Syria.
Join the MKIAC for this event, which is rooted in the community, celebrating Milton Keynes’ rich cultural diversity!
Tickets are available on Eventbrite here and 15% of the ticket donations are going to The British Red Cross, to support the children of recently arrived refugees from Afghanistan and Syria.
Anouar Kassim MBE, Founder-Director, MKIAC says: “Mashallah MK is a day-long extravaganza with something for all the family. We have some of the most exciting performers that the UK has to offer, representing the diverse cultural make-up of our region. Qawaali from Pakistan, music from Palestine, storytelling, spoken word, film, children’s activities and don’t forget the culinary delights from Syria! Travel with us this September, to build awareness of the incredible heritage that surrounds us and let’s unite our communities through arts and culture."
About the Artists
LIVE MUSIC CONCERTS (EVENING PASS) (6-10.30pm)
THE KHAN BROTHERS QAWWALI GROUP - Led by Ustad Haji Ameer Khan, the renowned ensemble has been performing in the UK for over 30 years and with it, sharing the mesmerising heritage of Sufi Qawwali.
DAMASCUS STORIES - A storytelling and music performance based on a collection of stories from Syria adapted for the stage by Alia Alzougbi and Louai Alhenawi in a newly devised script and original music.
SAIED SILBAK PRESENTS: SONGS FROM PALESTINE - Renowned Palestinian composer and Oud player Saied Silbak pays homage to the landscape and trajectory of Palestine’s rich music history, from journeying through the region’s folklore classics, to the soundtracks of the 80s and 90s, as well as showcasing contemporary pieces and sounds.
Twitter: @MKIAC #MashallahMK