A Night of Sacred Music for Eid at Fed Square

Sat 22nd June, 2024
3:00pm – 7:00pm
Federation Square
Price: Free
Head to Fed Square for a free performance by world-renowned Sufi musicians and Australia’s premier classical Arabic ensemble.

Brothers Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammed are among the world’s leading exponents of Qawwali, the propulsive Sufi devotional music popularised by Pakistani star Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. In June, the brothers bring their ensemble – comprising three generations of their family, whose musical lineage goes back to India’s Mughal era – from Pakistan to Fed Square for a night of music in celebration of Eid.

Drawing on Sufi poetry, Qawwali is an ecstatic form designed to bring you closer to the divine. Ayaz and Mohammed’s coiling vocals are backed by harmonium, percussion instruments the tabla and dholak, and a chorus of voices and handclaps, which build over the course of each song to a frenetic peak. The group has performed around the world over their decades-long career, and this is a rare opportunity to catch them for free.

They’ll be joined at Fed Square by Tarab Ensemble, an instrumental group dedicated to Arabic classical music, founded in Melbourne five years ago by musicians from across the Middle East. The name “Tarab” comes from a hard-to-translate Arabic word describing the transcendent emotional effects of music. The Tarab Ensemble is now Australia’s largest Arabic musical collective, expanding at times to include artists from as far afield as Armenia and Venezuela.

Head to Main Square from 3pm to 7pm for an evening of music, food and craft at Fed Square.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Fed Square.