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Global performances will take center stage, enhanced by laser projection mapping projected onto dunes and mountains.

Published: Sunday, September 24, 2023, 2:16 p.m.

Sharjah is preparing to welcome the nation, the region and the world to a three-day experiential event like no other, as the inaugural ‘Tanweer Sacred Music Festival’ descends upon the mystical Mleiha Desert from 24 to 26 November 2023. by Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi As a testament to tradition, wisdom and the power of togetherness, this innovative festival will feature some of the biggest names in world music offering fresh and culturally reverent performances, promising to be a unforgettable experience for everyone. .

The Tanweer Sacred Music Festival, the first concept of its kind in the region, invites everyone to discover the secrets of ancient cultures through a captivating program that includes musicians, immersive art installations, an indigenous craft market, healthy cuisines, as well as mind and body wellness activities and workshops led by renowned teachers. In a world that often feels disconnected from its roots, Tanweer aims to bring people closer to heritage, diverse cultures and each other.

Commenting on the announcement of the upcoming festival, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, founder and visionary of the Tanweer Sacred Music Festival, said: “The aim of Tanweer is to rediscover and celebrate our ancient wisdom through the beauty of culturally rich music: music that evokes our global heritage and preserves our customs. Tanweer, which translates as enlightenment, symbolizes a meeting of minds and hearts. We extend an open invitation to all those seeking deeper connections, mindfulness, a journey into the past, or simply a moment of presence. Tanweer is a festival that celebrates our shared humanity, inviting everyone to join us in embracing moments of deep unity.”

global sounds

One of the most captivating features of the festival is the global musical performances that will take center stage, featuring some of the biggest names in traditional music in the world, enhanced by laser projections projected onto the dunes and mountains, creating a visual and auditory spectacle. that will leave everyone present amazed.

The Tanweer Sacred Music Festival is not just about music; is an experiential journey that invites everyone to discover mindful activities such as yoga, breathing meditation and Zikr; delight in nutritious culinary delights; explore an indigenous market; and engage in unforgettable worldly experiences that are unprecedented in the emirate of Sharjah and the entire region.

Sustainable culture

Beyond his charming performances, Tanweer distinguishes himself by emphasizing sustainability. Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi’s vision extends to making the festival a beacon of ecological awareness, demonstrating that large-scale events can coexist harmoniously with our planet. As pioneers in sustainable music festivals, Tanweer aims to protect Mleiha ancestral land and conserve its natural ecosystem.

The festival takes place over three days and three nights, through an immersive and performative experience of talent from around the world, connecting visitors with each other, as well as with the hundred-million-year-old archaeological wonder which is Mleiha, winner of TripAdvisor’s prestigious “traveler’s choice” award. ‘ for the sixth consecutive year, provides the perfect backdrop for this unique cultural celebration, and all necessary measures are being taken to protect the environmental impact on the mountain and desert landscape during the experience.

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