Two of Liverpool’s biggest festivals are set to join together this summer to highlight Arab music and culture at a free event in Sefton Park.
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) and Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) are partnering up for the first time during the Sunday of LIMF Summer Jam on 24 July.
Sefton Park Palm House will host LAAF’s Family Day and will feature the best in Arab music including award-winning Swedish group Tarabband.
The LAAF Family Day line-up also includes Glastonbury favourites 47SOUL who combine the traditional Palestinian street music, Debka, with electronic beats and the sounds of the Middle East.
The newly announced acts will join an already impressive LIMF programme which includes Sigma, The Wombats, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Lianne La Havas, John Power, Dave McCabe and the Ramifications many more.
In addition to the music performances, festival goers can also enjoy an Arabian Souk, traditional cultural merchandise and cuisine, plus family friendly activities including storytelling, Henna and children’s crafts.
Taher Qassim MBE, chair of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival says: “We’re really excited about working with LIMF to combine the sights, sounds and tastes of our annual Family Day with the vibrancy of LIMF’s Summer Jam weekend.
“Liverpool’s Arab community is hugely important to the city and its cultural heritage and we look forward to celebrating the important part they play in the rich tapestry of Liverpool life.”
Councillor Wendy Simon, assistant mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, says: “It’s fantastic news that these two popular events are partnering on the Sunday of LIMF Summer Jam. LIMF prides itself on its diverse line, so to add Arab music in to the mix is a real treat for our festival-goers.
“We were awarded the accolade of UNESCO City of Music as we place music at the heart of Liverpool’s contemporary culture and this is a great example of combining the great work of two music festivals, reaching new audiences and celebrating music in all its forms.”