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Guru Nanak’s Message of Peace Through Music

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Sacred music resounds in a joyful concert performed by some of India and Pakistan’s finest musicians.

Featuring qawwali from the Sufi tradition, bhajans and abhangs from the Hindu dharam and kirtan from the Sikh dharam, this concert is a UK first.

The three leading sacred music groups perform music in Royal Festival Hall that is normally only sung at places of worship like dargahs, mandirs or gurdwaras.

Born in 1469, Guru Nanak founded Sikhism. His aim was to free the human spirit by promoting the idea of equality and rejecting existing religious structures and prejudices.

During his life, Guru Nanak wrote nearly 1,000 verses which are included in Sikh scripture, Guru Granth Sahib and the eternal Guru of the Sikhs. The verses are written to the Indian classical raga and tala system.

The concert marks the UK launch of The Peace Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, which was launched in 2019 in Germany.

The charter is the founding document of a worldwide movement of people who seek to promote the oneness of humanity through forgiveness, reconciliation, justice and sustainable peace.

Proceeds from the concert go to UK homelessness charity NishkamSWAT and Zero Hunger with Langar, supporting children with meals in Malawi, Africa.

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Royal Festival Hall


£20 - £75
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£20, £25, £35, £50, £75


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On the day of the event, no alcohol is served in Royal Festival Hall’s bars after 4pm.

As a mark of respect, please cover your hair while the kirtan is being sung. A limited number of appropriate head coverings will be available on the day for those who need them.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.