The 2016-2017 season of  Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will include a festival on Sufism titled “Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey.” The festival includes a schedule of performances throughout the year alongside campus and community dialogues exploring Sufism as a spiritual and cultural lens into Islam. The objective of the series is to raise awareness about the plurality of the Muslim identity and the inextricable link between local culture and religion.

“We believe that art serves as a singularly unique way of seeing and understanding the world,” said Emil Kang, CPA’s executive and artistic director. “We are pleased to present performances by artists who come from different corners of the world.”

Featured are performers from four Muslim-majority nations outside the Arab world—Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and Senegal—alongside artists responding to the values of Sufism through new works and expressing the equally pluralistic and diverse views of culture and faith in the United States.

The festival will be accompanied by two conferences, “Islam and Religious Identity: The Limits of Definition” at UNC Chapel Hill in October, and another focused on the practice of spiritual performance in Istanbul, Turkey.

Tickets and the Performance Schedule
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About Carolina Performing Arts
The mission of Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) is to enrich lives by creating and presenting exceptional arts experiences and connecting them to the UNC community and beyond. Established in 2005 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CPA presents the very best from the full spectrum of the performing arts: internationally renowned recitalists and orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz, folk, and world music artists, dance and theater. CPA strives to nurture artistic innovation and the development of new works on and off campus; to challenge and inspire audiences with powerful and transformative performances; and to integrate the arts into the life of the University, embracing its mission of teaching, research and public service.

CPA_Logo_v2_BlackWhite-01Carolina Performing Arts contact: Mark Z. Nelson, (919) 966-3834, mark_nelson@unc.ed