SalamFest: Festival of Peace

By Chelsea Cucinotta

From November 24 to 26, State Library Victoria will host SalamFest, a three-day Muslim Arts Festival. 

SalamFest celebrates the Muslim values of “Peace Love and Compassion” through art, culture and cuisine.

The festival is free and includes an array of activities suited to all: pottery, henna art, calligraphy, Sufi poets and panel discussions.

SalamFeast @ SalamFest will see 250 people indulge in a three-course dinner and conversation at a single dining table in front of the State Library.

International guests and celebrities will also feature at the festival and include Hollywood producer Kamran Pasha and Qawwali singers from Canada. Local talent includes Australia’s own comedian Nazeem Hussein.

SalamFest will run between 11am and 8pm each festival day. For more information visit

The mascot for SalamFest 2017 is Rumi Mobile – a car transformed in true Pakistani truck art style.

The Rumi Mobile project was a collaboration led by Melbourne artist Sohail Yamin and will be on display in the State Library Victoria forecourt for the duration of the festival.

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