Qur’an In The City

Ensemble Safaa UK performance at the IKON gallery Birmingham We are proud to be supporting the University of Birminghams Culture Forward programme, presenting ‘Qur’an In The City’, starting off with a performance from Ensamble Safaa UK performing at the Ikon Gallery. The performance was accompanied by a series of talks from academics and live art…

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eid 24

The Community Gathers Again ‘Eid in Kings Heath 23’ was an unprecedented celebration event for everyone of all faiths and backgrounds. Thousands of neighbours and residents gathered to experienced live art, poetry and used the opportunity to forge new friendships. Enjoy great art as well as experience some of the local Kings Heath businesses and…

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Soul City Arts Iftar 2024

This years event was in support of the Gaza emergency appeal, with the help of Islamic Relief. In response to the current situation we showcased a live art performance by Street Artist Mohammed Ali. On stage before breaking the fast, Ali created a painting inspired by the current situation within the middle east, paired with…

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Nomad – A Space to Reflect

Nomad is a space for refuge and an escape from the daily grind. The public are guided through a series of thought-provoking questions surrounding ‘faith’. People’s prayers are a personal and sacred thing, but we bring them into a very visual and public form, providing a fascinating insight into the minds of our communities.  Nomad…

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The Sound of an Empire – the roots and power of Qawwali – capturing the essence of a unique sound in way never done before

Sounds of an Empire – The Roots & Power of Qawwali A multi-disciplinary project by Mustafa Chaudhry in collaboration with Soul City Arts. A ‘work in progress’ piece exploring the heritage of Qawwali and the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and its roots within the city of Birmingham.Capturing the essence of a unique sound,…

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Grit and Soul | 2023 | Barber Institue | An evening of Digital art and live performances, celebrating the Grit and Soul of our city.

Birmingham street-artist and curator Mohammed Ali tells the story of the city, celebrating the graft that is embedded in its DNA. Ali says, ‘Birmingham is no Paris, Tokyo or Milan, it is gritty, but it has soul and that’s how we like it’. Digital visuals are presented alongside performances from celebrated storyteller and author Polarbear…

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Bangla Cinema Screening: transformation of Port Hope – a unique take on the nostalgic, local cinema experience.

Soul City Arts’ warehouse space is multifunctional; from hosting school students, film crews to immersive dining events and workshops. Our Port Hope warehouse is a 4000 sqft industrial space in the heart of Sparkbrook that has been described as an ‘Oasis of Creativity’. We recently reimagined the space by transforming it into a unique cinema…

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Waswasa – An Immersive Show (PR)

PRESS RELEASE Unique multi-disciplinary theatrical experience from awarding winning Birmingham artist Mohammed Ali – Waswasa his biggest production to-date   Cutting edge and authentic exploration of Islamic Faith   Part of Birmingham 2022 Festival of the Commonwealth Games   At the Birmingham Hippodrome, 25 August- 03 September 2022  CELEBRATING CREATIVITY IN BIRMINGHAM AS PART OF…

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Community Prayer mat events

Soul City Arts is delivering a compelling immersive theatrical show, that explores the Muslim experience of prayer and how it is perceived in British society. The ‘Waswasa’ show is part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival and takes place in August at the Birmingham Hippodrome. We are building towards the show by capturing thoughts and prayers…

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The Art of Visual Storytelling: Voices of Faith and Migration

An immersive performance which blends film screening and viewing, ambient sound, live digital art and artist-audience conversation. This immersive, multi-media event, blends film screening and viewing, live digital art and bespoke soundtracks with interactive conversation. Drawing on Mohammed Ali’s projects of recent years, and his collaboration with Warwick’s Dr James Hodkinson, it showcases how this…

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Bangladeshi Tales from Kings Cross

Artist Mohammed Ali celebrates the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh at the Bloomsbury Festival, bringing life to the frontages of the Holy Cross church and the British Library, with film projections telling the stories of early Bangladeshi migrants. Speaking of the struggles, the hardships and the joys of making a new home in a foreign land,…

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Congregate 3.0 live stream from BMAG

Reconnecting and Reactivating | A post-eid hybrid live stream We’ve had over a year of lockdown amidst the global pandemic. It’s also been a year since Congregate first began responding to that experience. Now, with the holy month of Ramadan just behind us, the Soul City Arts team invited guest artists from the UK and…

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Same Boat – an artistic response

‘The Same Boat’ is an artistic response to the life of St Wulfram, inspired by the ‘Stations of the Cross’. Father Stuart has done a series of short films offering a reflection on each of the art installations for ‘The Same Boat’. Father Stuart said: “St Wulfram’s is so proud to be hosting this amazing…

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Live streaming with Soul City Arts: Genocide Summit

A live stream collaboration on historical injustices Soul City Arts recently collaborated with the Sycamore Foundation and the Srebrenica Memorial Centre.   Global Summit: Genocide, We Said, Never Again Supported by the office of President Izetbegović of Bosnia, comes this timely international, digital summit exploring the atrocities of genocide. With a particular focus on the…

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White Pariah: Quiet Rebels

White Pariahs: Quiet Rebels brings to our stages stories of the white working-class women who crossed the colour line to marry the men of the Windrush generation who emigrated to Britain after WWII.  Th development of this show took place during the lockdown period, so all rehearsals and performances had to be delivered online. Soul…

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From the archives: 2001 – White Table Dinner, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London

Mohammed Ali along with Tshaka Campbell and hang percussionist Daniel Waples is invited by the White Table Dinner to deliver at the Foreign Commonwealth Office in Westminster, London back in 2011. Tshaka Campbell is a highly accomplished performer, a Hollywood Slam Champion in 2007, with appearances from the legendary Apollo Theatre to the poetry Cafe…

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Prayer Project – Why do we pray?

We are excited to share our new concept which explores the concept of prayer through visual-art, installation, performance and discussion. Over the coming 2 years we are developing this program which will dissect, demystify and decode the muslim prayer.  We are supported by the University of Warwick and are currently exploring new partners to join…

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Our latest Congregate Live Show

Born in the dark days of lockdown, Congregate has evolved into a layered, immersive broadcast that reaches beyond conventional live streaming. It translates both the characteristic social engagement and the artistic feel of many of Soul City Arts other projects. We weave live and pre-recorded contributions from artists, musicians, academics and activists from around the…

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From the Archives: Community tours

Bus tours from the past10 years ago Soul City Arts was regularly delivering street-art tours in the Sparbbrook and Small Heath area.  A range of people such as Interfaith leaders, school groups and professional leadership groups were taken on our unique guided tours on a bus.  These groups wanted to learn about the actual people…

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