British Museum to hold special evening featuring a great line up of free activities, ideal for all the family.
Fri 02 Mar 2012
On 9th March 2012, the British Museum will turn into a piazza of free performance and activities celebrating pilgrimage and spiritual journeys. There is something for all ages. Visitors can:
-Listen to traditional oud music in the Islamic world Gallery and the Al Farabi ensemble performing classical Arab Sufi music in the Great Court.
-Be entertained by traditional Arab storytelling and learn to play Sufi rhythms in frame-drum workshops.
-Watch the premiere of a contemporary dance performance inspired by Hajj, and an excerpt from Khayaal Theatre Companyâ€™s award-winning production of â€˜Conference of the Birdsâ€™.
-Try on costumes and headdresses from the tribes of Saudi Arabia, have a henna tattoo painted on your hand, make and decorate your own prayer beads and practice Arabic calligraphy using traditional tools and materials.
-Learn about the British Muslim experience of Hajj in a talk by Sean McLoughlin and plot your own journey on a world map.
-Join Wajid Hussain for a poetry writing workshop and performance. Bring along your own pilgrimage souvenirs and share your stories with others.
Explore the Museumâ€™s collection, take part in these fantastic events and enjoy refreshments with friends.
*The exhibition Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam is open until 20:30. Tickets Â£12, children under 16 free
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