Sonia Sabri Company Intern

(DMU Graduate Champions Scheme)


A huge thank you to Hannah MacGregor for all her hard work over the last 6 weeks! The pleasure was all ours! Hannah joined us straight from finishing her degree course at De Montfort University Leicester and worked on various projects with the team, including community/education work, marketing and arrangements for our exciting arts festival, Lok Virsa: Beyond Borders.  She will be warmly missed by everyone here at SSCo, so we would like to wish her amples of good luck with future aspriations and ventures!!

Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and to change the world.  Harriet Tubman

LOK VIRSA - Thank you's!

Thank You

A heart-felt thank you from all of us at Sonia Sabri Company to everyone who made
LOK VIRSA: Beyond Borders happen 
in its first year. 

The artists and audiences, the participants and stewards... every single one of you played a huge part in the mela and we sincerely give many warm thanks to you all. 

"When you feel a peaceful joy, that's when you are near the truth." - Rumi

I am going to give this post a personal touch as I am truly feeling the positive vibrations after the joys of Lok Virsa...

Thank you to the two ladies in the audience who conversed with me time and time again, expressing their deep appreciation of the event and sharing all of their wonderful ideas for the future. 

Thank you to the 7 year old girl who was decorated with mehndi and brightly reminded me that we can be anything that we want to be - I wish her luck in the future! 

Thank you to the couple who had the widest smiles and the loudest laughs, who expressed their love of folk music and attended Lok Virsa to allow their passion to grow further, enthusiastically discussing the similarities and differences between English and Pakistani folk. The two who immersed themselves into every activity and let themselves be free with it - You were an inspiration!

Thank you to the woman who expressed the importance of Lok Virsa and of sharing culture and heritage with the next generation. The woman who personally shared her views on moving beyond borders, your view is everything we aimed to achieve. It was so very delightful to hear you speak!

Thank you to the girls who weren't afraid to laugh in the dance workshop, laughter is being alive! After all, it's all about having fun! 

And of course, a HUGE thank you to mac staff for your kindness and thank you to our AMAZING volunteers for your dedication and hard work 
 thank you to Sonia Sabri Company for exhibiting a true community. 

It was an absolute pleasure! 

With the warmest of wishes,


Sonia Sabri Company


Hum Kalaam

As the perfect finish to our one-day festival Lok Virsa: Beyond Borders, Sonia Sabri Company is offering you an evening of soul–stirring music, including Ghazal and Qawwali.

These genres are popular forms of music from the Indian sub-continent. Where Ghazal illustrates the world of romance and reality through sweet melody and lyric, Qawwali powers emotion and spirituality through bold chorus singing, clapping and drumming. Qawwali music notably became popular to the west through the legendary musician, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Hum Kalaam features renowned artists originally from Pakistan and promises to be an  experience full of life and vitality.

 Sunday 26th July 7.30pm Theatre, mac
Ticket price: £12 (£10 concession)


Get Excited: Lok Virsa - Beyond Borders, 26th July

Sonia Sabri Company 

invites you to 

our one-day extravaganza

of arts activities for ALL.

 LOK VIRSA - Beyond Borders

SUNDAY 26th July

We are delighted to invite you to taste the flavours 
of South Asian Arts, with inspirational artists 
originally from Pakistan. 
On Sunday 26th July, LOK VIRSA will be at mac Birmingham, where you can immerse yourself into the music, listen to the poetry and become familiar with the crafts.


Dhol Drummers

Music from Multan and Mirpur
Mushaira Poetry and Open Mic Session
Dance from Balochistan & Punjab
Arabic Calligraphy
Block Printing
much more!

Hum Kalaam closes the festival: an opulent performance of Qawwali & Ghazal music. 
Hum Kalaam is a ticketed event, starting at 7:30pm in the Theatre, mac Birmingham.
Get your tickets at or on 0121 446 3232.

We can't wait to see you there!