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Mushaira: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World

Festivals Traditional Style



6 pm - 10 pm

The neighborhood of Midwood, also known as “Little Pakistan,” is a refuge for Pakistani-Americans. The neighborhood is also a cultural nucleus of music, dance, henna, and moonlight Ramadan celebrations. In August, the annual mela (Sanskrit for “gathering”) street fair celebrates Pakistan’s 1947 independence from Great Britain. Since 1990, the festival has attracted more than 15,000 Pakistani-Americans from around the country each year, drawing crowds to its booths of Pakistani cuisine, handicrafts, boutiques, children’s entertainment, and a main stage featuring Pakistani pop artists. 

On Friday, August 19 from 6-10pm, BAC Folk Arts will recreate the intimate teahouse atmosphere of a mushaira, a Pakistani poetry performance. The gathering will take place at Gourmet Restaurant (1107 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230) and will feature a recital of traditional verses followed by a discussion of Pakistani poetry. This event is co-curated by Farhat Nadeem Humayun and Nikhat Fatima. Special thanks to BAC Folk Arts Fellow Laila Rajani, Ashraf Mian, and Shahid Khan for their support. This event is free and all are welcome. Light food and refreshments will be provided. 

August 19, 2016 6pm-10pm

Gourmet Restaurant
1107 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230

Transit information: 
Q train to Avenue H
B,Q to Newkirk Avenue
Q to Avenue J 

BAC Folk Arts Presents Festivals Traditional Style is made possible, in part, through public funds from: National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council; and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office. Major foundation and corporate support is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Con Edison, and TD Bank.

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