Muslim Arts Festival 2006: July – August

The North East of England will be treated to an array of Eastern music, drama and poetry when the Pakistan Cultural Society (PCS) celebrates the delights of the Muslim Arts Festival. The event will take place between five venues over 3-weeks: 16 July – 8 August.

The events calendar includes: (please see Notes to Editor section of this email for full event details)

Sunday 16 July: Abida Parveen in concert at The Sage Gateshead (World Music) – a partnership event between the PCS & The Sage Gateshead
Thursday 20 July: Arts and Islam – Cultural Seminar Day & Exhibition (The People’s Theatre – Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne)
Sunday 23 July: Qawwali Performance – Samsalamat at The Journal Tyne Theatre (featuring Bakhshi Javed Salamat & UK-based samba band Sambangra)
Saturday 30 July: Mushira (Urdu Poetry) – Gosforth Civic Hall (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Saturday 5 August: PCS & Kalapremi UK presents the superb BJS Qawwal (Bakhshi Javed Salamat) at an outdoor traditional Pakistani Qawwali concert on the grounds of the dli Museum & Durham Art Gallery; and is part of the World Culture 2006 Festival. This performance is the first stage of a 2-day event entitled Vividha (music & performing arts)
Tuesday 8 August: Bulleh Shah (drama play) performed by Ajoka Theatre from Pakistan – Gosforth Civic Hall (Newcastle)


The PCS Muslim Arts Festival aims to promote the different art forms that influence various Islamic beliefs that are highlighted within global culture. The event is based on the interpretation of Islamic arts with the content heavily drawing from historical values. The organisation intends to use the variation of high profile events to put across these diverse creative facets and portray the fascinating artistic traditions. PCS has been dedicatedly working in the North East for more than a decade to deliver quality services in order to promote diversity through the arts – the Muslim Arts Festival represents the organisation’s continued creative vision and hopes to develop a new wider audience.

“World culture is something the PCS takes very seriously, we aim to provide people with the opportunity to enjoy some of the best South Asian performers and at the same time try to widen the potential to generate new audiences in our attempts to bridge the cultural divide. The Muslim Arts Festival will provide us with the opportunity to deliver a programme of events that will both entertain and inform. We are extremely proud of the our achievements so far but the PCS has a long way to go in its quest to develop and educate the Asian stars of the future with our forthcoming Rising Stars scheme,” said Sajjad Shah, Chairman of the PCS.

The PCS are looking to develop its own detailed education arts programme entitled “Rising Stars” that will concentrate on the development of up and coming talented children and young people in the region. Rising Stars will hopefully create the pathway to ensure the North East is continuingly recognised as being one of the hotbeds of creativity for generations to come. The organisation and Muslim Arts Festival 2006 is supported by Arts Council England, North East.

Mark Robinson, Executive Director of Arts Council England, North East said: “Pakistan Cultural Society is one of the stalwart organisations which has long worked to promote arts events for local communities. In doing so they’ve helped promote genuine cross-cultural understanding and enjoyment of diverse arts.”

The Pakistan Cultural Society (PCS) Muslim Arts Festival 2006 will run from 16 July until 8 August – for further details of all events please contact the PCS office on (0191) 2743030, alternatively you can send your email enquiries to

The Muslim Arts Festival also forms part of the national celebration of the Festival of Muslim Culture.

Please note: Further press releases and details will follow about the PCS Muslim Arts Festival 2006 and artist / performer biographies can be provided on request.

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Venue: Various
Venue Address: Various
Celebs Attending: Abida Parveen, Bakhshi Javed S
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