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Salaam! A triple-bill of brilliant live acts come together for this mini-festival presented in partnership with Manchester’s new celebration of Islamic art and culture. There’ll be sets from:

  • Orchestral Qawwali – Abi Sampa, Rushil, Amrit Singh - Sampa is an extraordinary vocalist (as seen on The Voice) and veena player whose singular mix of western popular music, devotional song and Indian classical music is inspiring a generation of young British Asian artists
  • Sona Jobarteh – A Gambian singer and master of the kora, the 21-stringed African harp – and the first female kora virtuoso in the unique centuries-old African griot tradition, which brings together music, storytelling and oral history.
  • Muneera Williams – A poet, artist and co-founder of female Muslim spoken word duo Poetic Pilgrimage, who’ll be both performing at and hosting the evening.

Tonight’s event is a sneak preview of the Salaam Festival, which will take place in Manchester in summer 2022 – bringing together music, film, visual art, dance and much more to dream and explore a new future for Islamic art and Muslim culture. Everyone’s welcome – join us!

Produced by Manchester International Festival in partnership with Salaam Festival.


Image credits: courtesy of artists

Essential Information

COVID-19 safety

The safety of our audiences, artists, volunteers and staff is our highest priority. As well as following all government and industry guidelines, we’re working closely with specialist safety consultants to ensure all our venues are COVID-safe and secure for everyone. You can read more details about our safety measures on our Visit Us page, which we’ll update regularly between now and the Festival.


This event takes place in the Central Hall at Manchester Central.

This is a seated event, and there will be dedicated spaces available for wheelchair users throughout the Hall.

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