DMU Pakistani Society hosts a new cultural event

By Muhsin Cabdi

A De Montfort University Society is hosting a new event with cultural significance.

DMU’s Pakistani Society is hosting an event called the Mehfil-e-Mosique, after the society was re-initiated in January.

The event is scheduled to run tomorrow, on February 21 from 7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. and will take place in the Taiba Lounge, located on 62 Evington Valley Road in Leicester.

The name means “Gathering of

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Zain Afzal (right) and Muhammad Khan helped organise the event along with the rest of the committee of DMU’s Pakistani Society

Music” in Urdu and the event in question will feature cultural music of Pakistan.

The event will feature live Qawal music, a Sufi style Pakistani music which is known for featuring vocals and percussion instruments and clapping.

Zain Afzal, secretary of De Montfort University’s Pakistani Society, said: “Through their lyrics they try to show their love of god through the lyrics.”

Qawali has a history dating back centuries, and can be considered a central part of Pakistani heritage.

Zain said: “I’d say it’s really important mostly because it’s a way for people who aren’t as affluent as other people-people from less economically stable backgrounds to make a name for themselves and express their own identity and their own culture through the love of God and the lyrics that they create.”

Zain also said: “In our culture in Pakistan, it’s been going on for many, many years.

“But through Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan it got amplified to the wider society.”

The event will be performed by Chand Ali Khan alongside the Qawal Party who will be providing backup music for the event.

The event was organised by Zain Afzal, along with the rest of the committee of De Montfort University’s Pakistani Society.

Zain said: “We did all the booking, we’re providing the food for the event and we created this poster.

“All of it has been done through the hard work of the committee and we’re just hoping to get a good turnout.”

Tickets for the event are £16 for members of DMU’s Pakistani Society, £17 for non-members and £20 for VIP tickets.

 

Leicester print artist works on new heritage project

By Muhsin Cabdi

A new project has come to the Leicester Print Workshop, involving the reconstruction of a historic piece of equipment.

The New Custodian is a project that began on Tuesday February 12.

The project involves the restoration of a Columbian printing press, a kind that had traditionally been used in the Victorian era.

It will be undertaken by several members of the Leicester Print Workshop, including Theo Miller, a member of the studio team at the Leicester Print Workshop.

Theo Miller is an artist who graduated in Fine Art from De Montfort University in 2014 and then went north for work.

After two years working in the North, Theo returned to Leicester for a residency at the Leicester Print Workshop, before joining the team as a studio member.

He has been at the Leicester Print Workshop for the last two years and is now very eager about the New Custodian Project, which he will be working on alongside young people from The Y Leicester.

The project which,

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An image of the Columbian printing press that is being restored

began on Tuesday February 12, will involve the restoration of a Columbian printing press, used traditionally to print newspapers and pamphlets.

 

The press was donated to the Leicester Print Workshop by the Abbey Pumping Station Museum.

Theo said: “They donated it to us in bits and it was on pallets so it was all in bits and we all wanted to put it back together and make it work again.”

Theo managed to successfully secure funding for the project from the Y Heritage Project of the Y Charity in Leicester.

Theo said: “I’ll be working with a resident from the Y and also supported by the Printing Charity and the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

The Printing Charity is a charity based in London with a focus on welfare education and heritage.

Theo said: “The thing I love about print making is the broad possibilities.

“There’s loads of processes that you can use, letter-press for example.

“The reason I really like letter-press is because it is a traditional technique, so it’s got a history and a heritage to it but it can also be used in a contemporary context.

“So letter press doesn’t have to be making facsimile objects, it can be used in a contemporary context and that’s what I like challenging.”

Last year, Theo Miller worked with the Centre for Visual Arts Network East Midlands on a project called “In another place.”

Theo’s work for that project was put on a billboard in the ASDA car park in Oadby.

The New Custodian will be on display in Gallery 2 of the Leicester Print Workshop until May 4.

Anyone interested in learning more about the project should visit the website at http://www.leicesterprintworkshop.com/exhibitions-and-projects/exhibitions/the_new_custodian/.