For the third year in a row, SOAS celebrated its Interfaith Music Festival on 24 February 2014,bringing world music and dance from groups with Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim backgrounds to London.
The Third Interfaith Music festival took place on Monday 24 February from 11am to 9pm in the Brunei Building at SOAS, performances range from Fertile Crescent, a multi-ethnic group of SOAS students performing Middle Eastern music from local traditions such as Sufi, Ottoman, Iraqi and Azeri; Pearls of Islam, two Caribbean Muslim sisters who will perform Sufi-inspired music; the London Lucumi Choir, representing the syncretic Afro-Cuban religions of Santeria, Arara, Palo and Espiritismo, singing in languages from Spanish to Yoruba as well as solo artists such as Justin Senryu Williams, who will play the Shakuhachi (Japanese flute).
The festival also had talks on ‘Dialogue and Peace through Music’ featuring Dr Toni Baum, focusing on Israel and Palestine; June Boyce-Tillman, who runs an annual musical interfaith event, discussing ‘Space for Peace’ at Winchester Cathedral and Ed Emery on cross-cultural musical dialogue through his project ‘Ceilidh Beyond Borders’.
The official festival Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SOASIFMF
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