Public Talk – “Global Muslim Culture” with Cultural Producer Asad Ali Jafri

20 July 2018 (Friday) 10:00am - 12:00noon
Jointly Organised by
Crescent Collective
United State Embassy Kuala Lumpur
IAIS Malaysia

Venue: IAIS Malaysia, Jalan Elmu, Off Jalan Universiti, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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This event will emphasize on global Muslims culture and artistic forms from the traditional and the past to the contemporary and future including music, poetry, visual art and new forms of art. It explores the Muslim and Islamic roots in a plethora of popular music across genres and regions and connects them through personal story, faith, culture and politics.

The Objective
Art and creative interest and development amongst the youth in Malaysia is very vibrant at the moment with collectives, organizations, art spaces and events both on-land and online coming up everywhere. Many of these are not only artistic and commercial initiative but are also driven by one or more social causes and activism. A few are self-sustainable whilst many struggle to survive. Balancing between commercial sustainability and advancing the cause is a very difficult process that causes the individuals or organizations to sacrifice one or the other if not both. The program’s idea is to provide exposure and training for creative, community and cultural youth organizations, collectives and individuals the knowledge, know how, strategies, techniques, ideas and best practices on designing, developing and organizing effective and impactful programs. Asad also has specific experience in Malaysia as he lived there for a year working on several arts and community based projects.


About the Speaker

Asad Ali Jafri is a global arts leader. Asad works closely with  established artists on new opportunities for original work, developmental workshops, artist cultural producer, global arts leader and interdisciplinary artist with a creative vision for sustainable social change. As an innovative thinker, Asad utilizes the universal language of art to connect communities, cultures and people to transform interactions, perceptions, and collective consciousness. Since 2001, Asad has worked passionately with artists, creatives, and thought leaders across nations, disciplines, and genres to curate meaningful productions, design sustainable initiatives, and build strong communities.

As a cultural producer, Asad is the creative mind behind many festivals, concerts, events and productions. In 2013, Asad launched Sukoon Creative, a multifaceted arts and culture firm that focuses on actualizing new ideas and delivering innovative concepts in local and global markets.  Until 2012, as Director of Arts and Culture for IMAN (Inner-city Muslim Action Network), Asad produced Takin’ It to the Streets: Urban International Festival and the Community Café series featuring hundreds of artists and attracting thousands of people.  Asad continues this legacy by producing events across the globe with work in over a dozen countries.
Asad has also worked with arts organizations, large and small, on specific projects in various roles. Some of these projects include Words Beats and Life's From Sifrs to Ciphers: Hip Hop is Muslim, New England Foundation for the Arts’ Center Stage, Art Midwest’s CaravanSerai, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston's Intersections, and the World Islamic Economic Forum's MOCAfest.
As an artist, Asad plays and blends soulful, spiritual, and, of course, funky music from around the globe as DJ Man-O-Wax.  As a founding member and artistic director of FEW Collective, Asad directs and tours with a rotating group of performing artists and musicians using art to engage, educate, and inspire.  One of Asad’s signature productions as an artist is Turntable Dhikr - a spiritual and visual sonic meditation on the Divine. Asad has performed as an artist across five continents.
But what makes Asad’s work unique and important is how he brings it all together through cultural organizing and creative placemaking.  Asad engages, connects, and builds relationships amongst people wherever he goes. He facilitates holistic youth workshops, leadership programs for artists, and community dialogue sessions with the goal of creating positive and intergenerational transformation across physical, social, economic, and cultural barriers.


10:00am Arrival of Guests & Registration
10:30am Welcoming Remarks by Assoc. Prof Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil, Deputy CEO, IAIS Malaysia
10:35am Presentation and Performance by Mr. Asad Ali Jafri
11:35am Interactive Session
12:00pm Refreshments & End of Programme



International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.
Jalan Ilmu, Off Jalan Universiti 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603-7956 9188
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