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!
Visit the SalamFest website to see the full schedule of events.
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.
Divine books tour with Sherene Hassan
Dome Galleries Level 4
Discover the Library's rare Torah, Qu'ran and Bible on display in the World of the book exhibition.
Manto feature film
Village Roadshow Theatrette
Watch a free screening of Manto (rated M), tracing the last years in the life of Indo-Pakistani author and playwright Saadat Hassan Manto, during the aftermath of Partition.
Qawwali of the mystics
Hear devotional Qawwali music from the Canadian Sufi ensemble Fanna-Fi-Allah.