POWERFUL PERFORMANCE BRINGS BIRMINGHAM QUR’AN TO LIFE AS BMAG DISPLAY COMES TO AN END
- Birmingham Qur’an performance – captivating performances will take place on 25th July, curated by internationally acclaimed artist Mohammed Ali (MBE) and performed by Birmingham children
- Last chance to see one of the oldest Qur’an manuscripts in the World at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery before it leaves the Faith Gallery on 4th August
Young community voices will fill Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) as part of a set of unique performances, curated by iconic Birmingham artist Mohammed Ali MBE, which celebrate the significance of the Birmingham Qur’an, as its display at the city centre museum comes to a close.
The immersive performances, involving 18 children from mosques and community groups from around the city, will see a layering of sound, visuals and voices come together in unison to bring the Qur’an to life.
Taking place on Monday 25th July from 7-9pm, the event will mark the final days of the Birmingham Qur’an display at the Faith Gallery at BMAG, which finishes on 4th August.
By reciting one of the verses from the sacred scripture, the children aged 6 to 18 years old, will create a dynamic choral performance from the four corners for the gallery, focusing on the Qur’an which will take centre stage in the middle of the room. Translations of the text will also adorn the walls of the gallery via video projection, so all audience members can understand the importance of the words.
Soul City Arts, Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham REP and the University of Birmingham have come together in partnership to stage the performances. The evening will celebrate the importance of this Qur’an to Muslim communities in the city, highlighting the part that Islam plays in shaping the country and Birmingham, alongside other faiths and cultures.
Pages from the celebrated Birmingham Qur’an, which is one of the oldest surviving manuscripts of the Islamic holy book, were famously unveiled in 2015 by the Cadbury Research Library at University of Birmingham. The pages have been on display at BMAG since February and will be returned to the care of the Cadbury Research Library once its display at the Museum & Art Gallery comes to an end.
Mohammed Ali MBE, Artistic Director of Soul City Arts, said: “For such a manuscript to exist here in my home city and to be able craft this performance with the voices of the people, is very personal to me. This is something that will be remembered and will go down in history and I’m honoured to be a part of this epic moment in time which celebrates the Birmingham Qur’an in such style.”
Dr Rebecca Bridgman, Curator of Islamic & South Asian Art, at Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “The Birmingham Qur’an is so important to the Muslim community within Birmingham and we are honoured to have been able to display it to so many visitors since it came to us from the Cadbury Research Library. At Birmingham Museums Trust we are committed to fostering mutual respect for differing cultural traditions and we will continue to welcome people from a range of backgrounds to experience and enjoy our Faith Gallery.
“The performances by Soul City Arts are a fantastic way to bring the pages of the Qur’an to life in a unique and mesmerising way, and it’s only right that young people are the focus of the evening as they are the future of the Birmingham Muslim community.”
For more information please visit: www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/birmingham-qur-an
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Birmingham Museums Trust
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is operated by Birmingham Museums Trust, an independent charity that manages the city’s museum collection and venues on behalf of Birmingham City Council. It uses the collection of around 800,000 objects to provide a wide range of arts, cultural and historical experiences, events and activities that deliver accessible learning, creativity and enjoyment for citizens and visitors to the city. Most areas of the collection are designated as being of national importance, including the finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world. Attracting over one million visits a year, the Trust’s venues include Aston Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Blakesley Hall, Museum Collections Centre, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Thinktank and Weoley Castle. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk
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