Image: Mobeen Ansari

Abida Parveen

Hamer Hall - Arts Centre Melbourne

One of the greatest spiritual singers alive today performs an exclusive show at Hamer Hall.

Date    Saturday 29 February 2020
Time   From 5pm
Venue Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

Tickets on sale Friday 15 November 10am.


There are few artists who are spoken about with the same rapturous fervour as Abida Parveen. Perhaps only her spiritual brother, the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, has inspired the same level of devotion among fans.

Parveen has been described by The Guardian as “the greatest female Sufi singer in history”, and has played a crucial role in the evolution of an artform traditionally performed by men. She specialises in two forms of Sufi poetry – Ghazals and Kafis – but while these traditions date back centuries, Parveen has also attracted ecstatic admirers from younger generations and counts among her admirers the likes of Björk and John Tavener.

Now, in an Asia TOPA exclusive, this musical icon performs a rare concert outside of Pakistan along with her outstanding ensemble. SalamFest curates a pre- and post-show program exploring Sufi performance, women and Islam. Details here soon. SalamFest is a festival of peace, showcasing diverse culture and traditions from the Muslim world.

“One of the most remarkable voices on the planet” – BBC

“The greatest female Sufi singer in history” – The Guardian


Date: Saturday 29 February 2020
Time: From 5pm
Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004
Price Guide: $30-240 +BF
Running Time: To be announced