Mukhtar Dar is proud to present Mast Qalandar Dancehall, as part of his role as the Artistic Associate of Birmingham Festival 23. This extraordinary event, featuring music by long-standing collaborator Simon Duggal, is an international and intercultural music and dance extravaganza.
Featuring an extraordinary line-up of over 30 talented artists, musicians, and dancers, Mast Qalandar Dancehall (MQD) is set to awe you with its seamless interweaving of mesmerising sounds. The event beautifully blends the captivating melodies of Sufi music, the energetic rhythms of reggae dancehall, the vibrant beats of Afrobeat, the soulful tunes of English folk music, and a diverse range of dance forms. Through this unique amalgamation, our aim is to celebrate Birmingham as a super diverse international city of culture. Diversity is not just a concept here; it is ingrained in the very fabric of Birmingham’s DNA, residing within each and every one of us.
MQD invites you on a captivating journey where the irresistible beats of Africa, the pulsating rhythms of the Caribbean, the enchanting melodies of the subcontinent, and the spirit of Birmingham seamlessly come together and converge. Into one. This harmonious blend forms a rich intercultural tapestry, which serves as a reflection of our identities as modern-day Brummies, deeply connected to the world, both past and present.
As we rejoice in our international ties and the diversity that defines our beloved city, we also take a moment to reflect on the challenges we have faced. We recognise the devastating impact of the pandemic, particularly on the Asian, African, and Caribbean communities. Yet, we stand resilient, celebrating our strength as communities and rising above the hardships we have endured. We unite in the face of those who seek to divide us, demonstrating the power and solidarity we possess.
So gather your friends, spread the word, and join us at Mast Qalandar Dancehall. Brace yourselves for an enchanting experience that will entertain, challenge, and hopefully deeply move you. Let the power of music and dance transcend all boundaries as we celebrate the spirit of unity and solidarity in the vibrant city of Birmingstrong! Don’t miss this unforgettable event. Tell a friend, to tell a friend, and come one, come all, to the Mast Qalandar Dancehall!