Celebrate the sound of South Asia as two of Sufi music’s biggest stars come to Manchester International Festival. Sangam 2017 joins together India’s Harshdeep Kaur and Pakistan’s Sanam Marvi for a one-off concert at The Lowry on the first Saturday of MIF. Kaur performed on AR Rahman’s Jai Ho world tour and has been feted as the “Queen of Sufi” by Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan. Marvi (pictured) shot to fame on Pakistani television and is one of the few women who sing in the qawwali devotional style. BBC Asian Network DJ Noreen Khan will host the night as, following solo sets, the two singers perform together for the first time – indeed, ‘Sangam’ is an Indian word meaning the merging of two rivers. To add the the occasion, this evening of sublime Sufi sounds marks the start of HOME1947, a free documentary installation by Oscar-winning Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy which reflects on the partition of British India. Tickets go on sale to MIF members on Thurs 11 May at 9am, then go on general release from 1pm the same day, with the usual £12 ticket offer for Greater Manchester residents on a low wage.

Sat 1 Jul, The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ. Tel: 0843 208 6000, 7.30pm, 25 – £45, www.mif.co.uk

Sat 1 Jul
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Thu 22 Jun 2017