22 February 2008- Cultural Festival (International World Sufi Festival at SECC under World Sufi festival International World Sufi Festiva: Food and Cultural Fair days held in Glasgow S.E.C.C, 22-24 February 2008. It is a rich and colourful celebration for all the family with the aim of capturing positive messages about peace and love that have been around for centuries and recognised in the east and west. In three days festival thousands of visitors had a chance to experiences tens of different cultures and home made traditional food around the world…
The opening ceremony will be attended by special guests including Bob Winter Lord Provost of Glasgow, Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police Stephen House, funders representatives and councilors.
There are musicians, dancers, artists and participants from around the world – from more than 12 countries and 4 continents, including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, Zimbabwe, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Senegal, Australia, England and Scotland.
There is a special children’s area (funded by Heritage Lottery Fund) where children of all ages can listen to Sufi stories with our Australian storyteller, make a personal talisman, try calligraphy, banner making and crafts with artists from Pakistan and Baluchistan.
There are frequent performances on 2 stages throughout the day and plenty more to see and do as you wend your way through the Bazaar and installations from Turkey, Iran and Senegal.
Glasgow City Council Parks Dept are providing the greenery for all the courtyards, including the Fountain Garden, turning the inside of the SECC into a verdant outside space!
The NES’s show stand attracted to many distinguished guests as wells thousands visitors in 3 days long festival.
Amongst the highlighted visitors were Bob Winter Lord Provost of Glasgow, Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police Stephen House , Mohammad Sarvar, MSP and Councillor Hanzala Malik, Councilor Shaukat Butt, funders representatives, representatives Glasgow diverse community, they all thank and express their admiration for the contribution that NES made.