Meet Our 2018/2019 Partners
On 7 October 2019, we had the pleasure of hosting Amal partners from the 22 arts and culture projects we have supported since launching our programme in August 2018. We spent the day sharing ideas and learning about the diverse, creative and impactful work they have been doing across the UK. What an amazing group! A list of all their projects can be found below.
The Othello Project with English Touring Theatre (ETT)
A series of wrap-around events by Muslim artists (including workshops, response plays, scratch performances and commissioned visual artwork) exploring the contemporary themes of Shakespeare’s Othello, supporting a ten-city tour of ETT’s production of the play.
Find images from The Othello Project here.
The Verse Club with Anti-Tribalism Movement (ATM)
Four cohorts of six poetry workshops held in collaboration with the Poetry Society for young people of mainly Somali heritage. Participants are encouraged to write and perform their own poetry at public poetry nights held at the end of each cohort.
Junior Slambassadors with Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service (THSLS)
Poetry workshops by the Poetry Society held in seven schools in Tower Hamlets culminating in a Grand Finale Slambassadors competition; a group of Muslim poets trained as poet coaches. Amal is supporting THSLS to scale up the project and include more schools each year over three years.
Amal at Greenbelt with Greenbelt Festival
A co-curated series of workshops and performances by Muslim artists showcased at Christian festival Greenbelt under a three-year partnership. Poets, comedians, musicians, dancers, authors and chefs contributed to the 2019 line-up at the festival.
Shubbak and Amal at National River Stage with Shubbak Festival
Three days and evenings of performances and installations from some of the Arab world’s leading contemporary artists at Shubbak Festival’s finale weekend, held in conjunction with the National Theatre River Stage.
See images from Amal at Shubbak 2019 here.
Positive Portrayals with BE Festival
BE Next Youth Theatre Festival cohort supporting children aged 14-19 to attend a week-long performing arts workshop facilitated by two of Europe’s finest artists, culminating in a performance at the BE Festival in July 2019. Iraqi Artist Mokhalled Rasem performed at the BE Festival with a UK Premiere of his performance documentary Soul Seekers on life in migrant centres across Europe.
Amal at Bradford Literature Festival with Bradford Literature Festival
Six public events including theatre, literature and panel discussions as well as two schools days for primary and secondary school children focusing on poetry at the Bradford Literature Festival.
Find images from Amal at Bradford Literature Festival here.
Sophia Khan is Not Obliged with Cityread
A month-long festival of reading in May centred on Ayisha Malik’s book Sophia Khan Is Not Obliged, engaging around 150 libraries in 27 London boroughs, Luton and Slough along with live events across London and a 1,000 book giveaway at Westfield Stratford. The festival brought 30,000 people in the city and beyond together to read the book and experience one young Muslim girl’s story of life in London.
Find images from the festival here.
reACT with P21 Gallery
Four UK-based student or emerging artists chosen to exhibit work at P21 Gallery in London over two years, creating art interpreted from Amal’s dual objectives. reAct’s first exhibition features Rayan El Nayal’s A Magic Realist Afrabia exhibition – a series of digital prints exploring ideas on multicultural identities, hybridity and the third space. reACT’s second exhibition will be by artist Husam Al-Deen, a British-Iraqi photographer and filmmaker.
Halka by Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger with Shubbak Festival
A tour of Moroccan street circus troupe Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger’s show Halka in three locations around the UK (London, Salford and Poole) as part of the Shubbak Festival in July 2019. Circus performing workshops for young people were also held in each performance location.
MK Schools Cultural Exploration: Syrian Music with Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture
Syrian music workshops for young people with three schools in Milton Keynes by members of the London Syrian Ensemble and a choir of young people from the local Syrian community formed to create a new composition of music performed at the Art by the Lake Festival in Milton Keynes in June 2019. Amal also supported the ‘Amal Yurt’ which featured a series of public conversations by artists from around the Muslim world.
See images from the festival here.
Children’s Theatre Project with Stratford Circus Arts Centre
A commission of a new piece of family theatre by Stratford Circus Arts Centre (London) and Kala Sangam (Bradford) by a theatre company or individual that shares and celebrates British Muslim experiences, culture and communities. The commission will be staged in London and Bradford and will tour to a number of other locations around the UK.
Theatre-Without-Walls with Khayaal Theatre Company (KTC)
Development and delivery of KTC’s award-winning Muslim heritage and multi-faith storytelling performances and workshops around the country.
Curators and Creators Collective with Faith and Belief Forum (FBF)
Establishment of a multi-faith collective of young people to learn skills in various art forms through workshops, accompanied by an exhibition of their work during the year.
I Have Two Names with Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre/MARSM
Staging of three performances of Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre’s play I Have Two Names in partnership with Ivo Theatre and MARSM at Rich Mix and the Cockpit Theatre in London; three dabke dance workshops free for the public to attend.
Sufi Festival with Sufi Festivals
A family festival celebrating the vibrant art forms that are associated with Sufi Islam. Held at the Tramway Theatre and Hidden Gardens in Glasgow in July 2019.
Imaam Imraan with National Youth Theatre (NYT)
Playwright Asif Khan’s Imaam Imraan staged by the NYT at Kala Sangam during the Bradford Literature Festival, providing a number of young people with the opportunity to gain valuable backstage skills. NYT also produced an educational resource and Asif Khan and Director Iqbal Khan hosted workshops in a number of schools in Bradford.
See images from the production here.
Does My Bomb Look Big in This with Tamasha Theatre
An extension of Tamasha Theatre’s tour of Nyla Levy’s play Does My Bomb Look Big in This, taking the production into schools in London, Birmingham and Bradford. Tamasha Theatre will produce educational podcasts and an audio version of the play for schools to use as a vital resource against online grooming.
Find a selection of images from Does My Bomb Look Big In This here.
Cross-Curricular Islamic Arts with Heaton St Barnabas CofE School
A series of calligraphy workshops led by Bradford-born artist Razwan Ulhaq for students aged 9-10 years at Heaton St Barnabas CofE Primary School in Bradford and Holmer CofE Academy in Hereford. The two schools exhibited the work of the students and came together for discussions through Skype sessions.
Read a blog about the project here.
The Seven Ages of Patience – The Community Play with Kiln Theatre
Staging of Kiln Theatre’s Community Play The Seven Ages of Patience, where diverse members of the Brent community in London came together to either perform in or work backstage on this production.
Food for the Soul with Soul City Arts
A series of arts events held in the heart of Birmingham led by graffiti artist Mohammed Ali. Soul City Arts will hold a series of Art Markets featuring workshops and performances at the Moseley School of Art and host a number of immersive food events that take audiences to the heart of South Asia.
BD Stories with Freedom Studios
A commission of two short plays by female Muslim writers Aina Khan and Asma Elbadawi – Pashto Thriller and No.4. These artists will also hold a series of community art workshops centred on the themes of the plays and work produced will be exhibited at Kala Sangam in Bradford.