Stand-up comedian Tez Ilyas and Faz Shah will launch a major South Asian festival in Lancashire.

The Kinara Festival which runs from from 8th – 31st July will feature an outstanding line-up of performances, film and music events across Pennine Lancashire.

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Some of the highlights of the South Asian Islamic Arts Festival includes a special film screenings of the film ‘Song of Lahore’.

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Photographer Peter Sanders will share the secrets of his forty-year experience people around the world. He is the only photographer to be given the keys to Mecca and Medina.

Not to be missed is Asif Khan’s one-man show written by the new playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak. It is the comic tale of four men, from different parts of the globe, experiencing a moment of revelation.

Two magical nights of live Sufi music from artists from Palestine, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Morocco, Spain and the UK explores the theme of Air and Water, while the second looks to Earth and Fire for inspiration.

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The Sonia Sabri Company is one of the most dynamic South Asian dance companies in  the UK.

Having gained an international reputation, they now bring their latest creation for Pennine Lancashire, giving people a unique opportunity to see some of the most influential dance to come out of South India.

You can also discover the secrets of Spoken Word with Blackburn-born Avaes Mohammad and Mojisola Adebayo.

To find out more and tickets log on to or call 07870 100 590

Here is the full line-up of events taking place across venues in Lancashire:

July 08 Conversation The Art of Permission 8pm 
09 Performance Avaes Mohammed 7pm 
09 Workshop Awaaz 11am 
10 Performance Lemn Sissay 7pm 
10 Workshop Awaaz 11am 

15 Conversation Art of Seeing 7pm 
16 Workshop The Art of Seeing 11am 
16 Conversation Peter Sanders 7pm 
16 Performance LOVE, BOMBS & APPLES 7pm 

17 Workshop The Art of Seeing 11am 
17 Workshop Alia Alzougbi 12pm 

22 Conversation The Art of Being 7pm 
23 Workshop Salaam 12pm 
23 Film Mirror of the Invisible World 3pm 
23 Film Song of Lahore 6pm 
23 Performance Salaam 7pm 

24 Workshop Beyond Borders 12pm 
24 Film Haider 6pm 
24 Performance Hum Kalaam 7pm 
29 Comedy Chai Pani Anyone? 7pm 

30 Workshop Music 11am 
30 Music Sufi Music Air & Water 6pm 
31 Workshop Music 11am