Our 2024 Programme is now live!
From the 23rd February to 15th July 2024 Muslim Arts and Culture Festival together with Muslim Women's Arts Foundation and Festival, will present to you a diverse selection of speakers, artists, cultures and more that will be showcasing throughout our events! Our international festival line up will take you on an unmissable arts and culture journey from Manchester to Indonesia!
Most of our events will be online and free so save your space now!
"Taking part in this Year's Macfest 2023 Festival has been a very enjoyable and extremely supportive experience.
Their team is simply wonderful not forgetting Qaisra herself! I have been a huge admirer of Macfest, and an avid attendee of their brilliant past events, particularly their creative workshops. So to be able to take part in this year's Macfest activities as a visual artist, by delivering my creative workshop has been sublime"!
Amina.S Art & Design
We are delighted to announce, that Qaisra Shahraz MBE, our Director, a critically acclaimed novelist, culture champion, and award-
winning peace/gender activist won the Manchester Culture Award 2023 in the Category: "The Manchester People's Culture Award".
She was recognised for her initiatives, Muslim Women’s Arts Festival and MACFEST (Muslim Arts and Culture Festival), a ground-breaking festival that connects communities, tackles Islamophobia, and breaks down barriers. She is well known for her lifelong passion in championing and celebrating women, youth, community cohesion, & and building intercultural bridges through literature, arts and cultural heritage.
In the words of the host, 'This award recognized the work which showed dedication and contribution to creativity in Manchester and achievements taken place over several years.’
We are delighted to announce, that MACFEST is one of the winners of The British Muslim Awards 2023 - one of the most prestigious events in the British Muslim community, recognizing and celebrating outstanding contributions and significant achievements of Muslims in the UK, as well as inspiring future generations of Muslims to excel in various fields.
Through the rigorous nomination process of shortlisting candidates in different fields, MACFEST was among the 10 outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations shortlisted in the category Community Organisation of the Year.
The awarding body, Oceanic Consulting, said: “The nominees have shown exceptional dedication and talent in their respective fields, and we are honoured to recognise their contributions to society.”
We aim to bring Muslim and non- Muslim communities together, promote social inclusion and overcome barriers.
Muslim Arts and Culture Festival will celebrate the diversity and the richness of Muslim heritage.
It will engage people of all ages and denominations, including school, college and university students and local communities.
Qaisra Shahraz MBE JP FRSA Founder and Executive Director of MACFEST
What Manchester Means To Me: why author, educator and festival organiser Qaisra Shahraz loves the city
We are delighted to announce that MACFEST is the winner of the 2021 Queen's Award for
We have been chosen for connecting communities, promoting social inclusion and overcoming barriers. Thank you so much to all those who nominated us!
In recognition of contribution to social responsibility at The University of Manchester
The British Muslim Awards
In recognition of the amazing work in celebrating arts and connecting communities in Greater Manchester