On 22 May 2017 Manchester, and the world, was devastated by the attack on Manchester Arena that killed 23 people. One Manchester resident, Qaisra Shahraz, was quick to respond. Qaisra identified the need to tackle Islamophobia and bring muslim and non muslim communities together.
Since 2017 MACFEST has...
We have hosted MACFEST
for 4 years with over 70 events, connecting communities locally, nationally and around the world! We have partnered with several other festivals, schools, colleges, universities and iconic venues!
British Muslim Awards, The University of Manchester, The High Sheriff Award, the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service,
The Guardian, Asian Leader, Manchester Evening News and many more!
We want to keep spreading MACFEST across the country and world so together we can build cultural bridges and tackle hate!
We are proud to have started MACFEST in Manchester and have loved partnering with schools, colleges, universities, venues and communities hosting events across the Greater Manchester area.
If you are in Greater Manchester and would like your school, college or university to be a part of our ground breaking festival then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
teamed up with!
Qaisra Shahraz is the Founder, Curator and Executive Director of MACFEST, Muslim Arts and Culture Festival. She is a prize-winning and critically-acclaimed novelist, scriptwriter, peace and gender activist. Qaisra was born in Pakistan and has lived in Manchester since childhood. Qaisra has gained two Masters Degrees in English & European literature and scriptwriting for television.
Mohammed Ali, born in Pakistan, came to live in the UK at the age of 12. He studied at Huddersfield and Bradford Universities. He then worked in a succession of newly created development roles with Glaxo Pharmaceutical, Community Relations Council; Tameside metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council and Fullemply Group, a high profile London based national ethnic minority training and employment charity.
Adrienne Loftus Parkins is a consultant working with literature festivals and awards. She is the founder and former director of the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature, now the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival. She is on the Steering Committee of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and advises M Fest in London, Bangkok Edge in Thailand and other UK based festivals.
Jonathan Davidson has worked in arts administration for over thirty years. He is Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands and lives in Birmingham.
Aamer Naeem qualified with 1st class honours as a pharmacist in 1992 and gained a Masters in Business Administration with distinction in 2007. He is currently the Director of Innov8 Creative Solutions Ltd, a consultancy providing strategic and operational support to a range of organisations as well as delivers Leadership Development Programmes across public, private and voluntary sectors.
Andrew Taylor, Madisons Accountants
Chris Sacarabany has 15 years of experience in intercultural and interfaith program management. He serves as Executive Director of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) and is an advisor for MACFEST. As a program manager, he organized the World Congresses of Imams and Rabbis for Peace with the Foundation Hommes de Parole. He also worked as a consultant at UNESCO and is a Co-Executive Producer of the award winning documentary Nobody Wants Us which tells the story of Jewish refugees escaping the Nazi invasion of Western Europe in 1940.
His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
Deputy Lieutenant & former High Sheriff of Greater Manchester
MP for Gorton and Shadow Minister for Immigration
Whitworth Art Gallery, Head of Learning and Engagement
Media department, University of Salford
Former Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
Manager of Elizabeth Gaskell House
Associate Dean; Engagement, Enterprise & Partnerships, Salford University
Board of Directors, Muslim Women's Arts Foundation