The Othello Project
A day of free talks, performances and activities in partnership with English Touring Theatre, delving deeper into the themes of religious and cultural identity explored in the contemporary retelling of Othello. Held at Wilton's Music Hall.
Art, Peace and Contemplation Day
Bridging Spiritual Cultures and All Saints Church, High Wycombe hosted an Art, Peace and Contemplation Day and evening viewing with iftar and music as part of Wycombe Arts Week on Saturday 27th May.
Alchemy returned to Southbank Centre for an eighth year in May, to showcase the dynamic creativity and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK.
A week long workshop with thirty 14 to 19 year olds from deprived areas of Birmingham who speak English as a second language, culminating in a performance as part of the BE Festival. The project aims to break down cultural and linguistic barriers in order to promote diversity and integration through its young attendees, many of whom speak English as a second language and belong to minority communities.
Hijabi Monologues London
Bush Theatre partnered with Amal to bring you ‘Hijabi Monologues London’, a space for Muslim women to share their stories with diverse London audiences. Image credits: Helen Murray
Cast again partnered with Southbank Centre London, Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Black Country Touring to bring Alchemy on Tour, the UK’s largest South Asian arts festival, back to Doncaster. Amal supported a selection of events incorporating strands of Muslim culture at this year’s Alchemy Doncaster.
Hats of Faith
After discovering the lack of children’s literature explaining the similarities between faiths and information about commonly seen religious head coverings, Jewish author, Medeia Cohan-Petrolino, and Muslim publisher, Hajera Memon, joined forces to realise the world’s first mainstream, interfaith, board book for infants and toddlers, specifically focused on hats of faith.
The Rose and the Bulbul
The Rose and the Bulbul (nightingale) was a new production presented by Kadam Asian Dance and Music, with the support of Amal. The performances were hosted in the gardens of Lauderdale House and Geffrye Museum.
This year, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) took on the theme ‘The Space Between Us’, which responds to Liverpool’s city-wide 67-17: 50 Summers of Love. LAAF partnered with Amal to develop Young LAAF – a personal development and participation programme to engage young people (aged 14-25) in developing their own Young Arab Arts Festival.
Art in the Park
Art in the Park Festival, organised by Milton Keynes Islamic Arts Heritage and Culture, returned to Campbell Park for its eighth successive year with the theme of Migration in July 2017, with the support of Amal.
Shubbak (meaning ‘window’ in Arabic) has become a key moment in the arts calendar of the UK and the Arab world, bringing new and unexpected voices alongside established artists to audiences across London. Amal supported a range of programming including Corbeaux – a dance performance piece by Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen hosted at the Serpentine Gallery and the Tate Modern – and a multi art-form project that was curated, commissioned and delivered with a focus on Shepherd’s Bush Market.
During Southbank Centre's WOW London, Amal supported a number of events including Fatima Manji in conversation with Nosheen Iqbal, Istanbul: Proud History, Fearful Future? with Elif Shafak and Bethany Hughes, and Smashing the Stained Glass Ceiling Discussion Group hosted by the Christian Muslim Forum.
Amal supported Writers Realm, a new project developed by the Anti-Tribalism Movement, to encourage young Somalis in London to use poetry as a means of creative expression.
Bradford Literature Festival
Amal supported a range of sessions across the 300 events that were packed into iconic venues over 10 days (30th June – 9thJuly). The festival brought together world-renowned authors, musicians, artists and public figures and explored subjects as diverse as comics, history, gender politics and British Islam.
Re-Fuel with Tamasha Theatre
Re-Fuel sent four playwrights, supported by emerging theatre directors, into four inner London secondary schools: Mulberry School for Girls, Swanlea School, Hampstead School and Regent High School. Through a series of imaginative drama exercises, students developed characters and storylines focused around a minicab office. The writers gathered the students’ ideas and developed them into plays that were performed to public audiences with great success at Rich Mix and Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Amal at Greenbelt Festival
In August 2017, Greenbelt Festival showcased a strand of Muslim cultural programming in partnership with Amal. A built-for-purpose venue within the festival offered performances, workshops and discussions to the festival’s 10,000-strong audience, many of whom travel from all over the UK to attend every year.
Grand Trunk Project
The Grand Trunk Project with Faiths Forum London toured the UK bringing British Asians of all faiths and background together to mark their shared history of 1947 partition. The project aims to celebrate the cohesion of faiths in the face of division, and to build common ground between different faith communities.
Tiny Owl & HEC
Tiny Owl and HEC Global Learning Centre teamed up to bring stories from Persia to young audiences in the UK. With the support of Amal, these stories came to life in a series of high-profile literary events including The Hay Festival in June 2017 and Edinburgh International Book Festival in August 2017.
Khidr Collective Zine
Amal supported Khidr Collective in publishing and launching their new zine. The publication features poetry, prose and photography, with the objective of giving a voice to young Muslims who feel disenfranchised in society. Khidr Collective seeks to provide spaces for young Muslim artists to discuss prevalent issues and express themselves through a variety of means, including theatrical productions and monthly networking events.
Story of My Life
Amal supported Stratford Circus Arts Centre in cultivating their new intergenerational engagement project, Story of my Life. The centre is located in Newham, one of London’s most diverse boroughs, where a third of the population identify as Muslim. The project involved participation in personal story-telling and historical mapping sessions by people of different faiths and ages for the purpose of promoting positive inter-community engagement.
MC Ceramics partnered with Khayaal Theatre Company to create an Islamic inspired fountain as a permanent fixture within Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton. The aim of the project was to encourage community cohesion by involving members of the town’s diverse community to engage in art-making through art activities in order to raise cultural awareness and celebrate Islamic heritage.
Glass Half Full
Amal supported the MUJU Crew in the development of their new project, Glass Half Full, which took place from July to September 2017. The project used performances, comedy and conversations to create a safe space for Muslims and Jews to foster supportive relationships.
Wood Street Walls
Wood Street Walls collaborated with Walthamstow-based and internationally recognised artist Zarah Hussain for this year’s Pick Your Pattern project, supported by Amal. Hussain created six different artworks inspired by Islamic geometry and patterns, inviting the public to vote online for the winning piece.
Pop Art from North Africa
Pop Art from North Africa was a multi-disciplinary visual arts exhibition bringing together 13 emerging artists from North Africa and the UK diaspora. The exhibition hosted at P21 Gallery was supported by a parallel programme of events including workshops and artists talks.
Amal supported programming at Cheltenham Science Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival. This included a series of events with some of the most inspiring Muslim authors in the UK, highlighting and celebrating the rich diversity of Muslim cultures and arts in Britain. Event topics included history, art and design, food and lifestyle.