7 DECEMBER 2010
An estimated 1000 people, from London’s Afghan, Iranian and Turkish communities, will attend London’s first Rumi festival on Saturday 15th January 2011 at the Arts Depot, North Finchley.
Festival events will start at 11am, and finish at 9.30pm, with a break between 4pm – 6pm.
The festival aims to counteract Islamaphobia by promoting Eastern cultures in a positive way, bringing different communities together, and celebrating the life of Persian poet and mystic Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi.
Day activities will include performances by Sufi “Whirling Dervish” dancers, Eastern photography exhibitions, rare Persian book stalls, henna art, Muslim calligraphy, Story telling workshop and musical workshops teaching children how to play the “Daf” instrument.
The BBC’s World Service Farsi Department former Chief Bagher Mueen , Dr Amir Shahi and professor Lewisohn from Exeter University will be holding lectures on Rumi’s work throughout the day.
Starting at 7pm, famous Iranian musicians Davood Azad (Darwish singer) and Kalliopy (Daf performer) will be on stage.
Photo opportunities will be available for all activities.
Festival partners include Afghan Association Paiwand, The Cultural Links Alliance, Turkish Cultural Centre, The Study Society and the London Borough of Barnet.