Meet BE Festival and MUJU
In 2013, BE Festival launched BE Next, a youth theatre scheme designed to engage and empower young Birmingham-based artists.
Amal is supporting performance workshops held by professional artists every four months for children from deprived areas of the city, who have limited opportunities and access to skills.
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.
BE Festival is a dynamic annual international arts festival, bringing together music and visual art from across Europe and beyond to Birmingham.
Amal is supporting the MUJU Crew in the development of their new project, Glass Half Full, taking place from July to September 2017. The project will use performances, comedy and conversations to create a safe space for Muslims and Jews to foster supportive relationships. Artists, activists and journalists of both faiths will participate in these events, which will be facilitated by Georgina Bednar and Salman Siddiqui of the MUJU Crew.
MUJU began as the Tricycle Muslim Jewish Theatre Group in 2004, with the aim of encouraging young Muslims and Jews to unite through creative expression and thematic explorations of friendship and trust. Three years later, MUJU was established as an effective platform for collaborations, including arts festivals, community work and awareness-raising performances. The group’s efforts were formally recognised in November 2008 when they won the first Mosaic Talent Interfaith Award, presented by HRH Prince Charles.