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Greenbelt Festival 2019: Wit and Wisdom


Greenbelt hosts its 46th festival of arts, faith and justice in 2019. Sometimes described as “the best festival you’ve never heard of”, it began way back in 1974 and has happened every single year since. Celebrating artistry and nurturing activism, Greenbelt Festival is an act of the imagination – inspirational, provocative and fun. Energised by a progressive Christian worldview, with 19 stages, galleries, installations and outdoor performances, Greenbelt creates a festival that is inclusive, open-minded, participatory and generous in spirit.

Amal returns to Greenbelt Festival over the August Bank Holiday (23 – 26 August), with a series of events showcasing Muslim artistic talent and content across the four days.

Working with Muslim arts curator Asad Ali Jafri, the festival brings you the irresistible Gambian sounds of the sublime Sona Jobarteh to the Iranian fusion of Ajam; from the Chicago-based hip-hop street dance of Amira Sackett to the poetry and provocation of UK poet Muneera Pilgrim; from the spirited storytelling of Canadian-born Abdul-Rehman Malik to the Iraqi and global cuisine of Saima Khan and Philip Juma; from the hilarious stand-up of the UK’s Bilal Zafar to the Sufi devotional music of Pakistan’s Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers and the feminist advocacy of British writer Mariam Khan and Sudanese-Australian broadcaster Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

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