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24 November 201726 November 2017
Free; except SalamFeast
Location Multiple venues
See list below for venue details

SalamFest Muslim Arts Festival celebrates peace, love and compassion through art. Across three days, the State Library will host music, dance, film, feasts and even a car decorated in Pakistani truck art!

SalamFest is an opportunity to engage and connect with everyday Muslims through the sharing of stories, values, arts, culture and cuisine, encapsulating the spirit of multiculturalism.

Here's just a sample of the multitude of events taking place over the three days: visit the SalamFest website to see the full schedule.

Festival highlights

Friday 24 November

  • Official festival launch: Join us to launch SalamFest 2017! Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Joy will open followed by a recitation of the Qur'an and a panel discussion.
  • Book reading – Mother of all believers: Hear a reading by Hollywood producer, film-maker and author Kamran Pasha as he reads from his novel Mother of all believers.
  • Speed date a Muslim: Ask Muslim women about their faith and their culture over Turkish coffee and sweets, lead by Moroccan Soup Bar's Hana Assafiri.
  • Sufi concert: Listen to Sufi music from local musicians.

Saturday 25 November

  • Comedy with Nazeem Hussein: Laugh with comedian, actor and radio presenter Nazeem Hussain.
  • Miriam film screening and Q&A: Watch a screening of the 2007 movie Miriam (rated M), followed by a Q&A with the director, Kamran Pasha.
  • SalamFeast: Feast on a vegetarian banquet prepared by Hana Assafiri and the team from Moroccan Soup Bar. Bookings required.

Sunday 26 November

  • Divine books tour with Sherene HassanDiscover the Library's rare Torah, Qu'ran and Bible on display in the World of the book exhibition. This event is now booked out.
  • Manto, a film by Sarmad Khoosat: Watch a free screening of the movie Manto (rated M), tracing the last years of Indo-Pakistani author and playwright Saadat Hassan Manto. This event is now booked out.
  • Qawwali of the mystics: Hear devotional Qawwali music from the Canadian Sufi ensemble Fanna-Fi-Allah.

Daily forecourt activities from 11am

  • SalamMobile: Meet Rumi, the car painted by Australian artists from Muslim and Indigenous backgrounds. Take a selfie, and drop by each day at 3pm to hear a talk from SalamMobile artist Sohail Yamin.
  • Henna art: Learn the art of applying henna to your hands and feet.
  • Pottery: Watch Mohamad Saubjaki create beautiful pieces using a pottery wheel.
  • Calligraphy: See Islamic calligraphy demonstrations by Omran Omer and Shakeel Tariq.
  • Ebru art: Be introduced to the Turkish art of hand-marbling paper by Oznur Ates.
  • Indian tribal arts: Watch as Bushra Hassan creates artworks inspired by Mughal art.

Visit the SalamFest website to see the full schedule of events.