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10 July 2017 | Amal Team

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Stratford Circus Arts Centre

Amal is supporting 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 involves 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. Four bespoke workshops facilitated by experienced artist, Nick Cassenbaum will be held in July 2017.

Stratford Circus is a leading multi-arts charity reaching over 60,000 people and offering 1,500 creative learning sessions a year. The centre works for diverse communities across East London, focusing on particularly marginalised groups including disadvantaged youth, low income families, individuals with disabilities and the isolated elderly. They are committed to promoting diversity and making the performing and visual arts more representative of pluralistic Britain.


The Rose and the Bulbul (nightingale) is a new production presented by Kadam Asian Dance and Music, with the support of Amal. The performances will be staged in London in July 2017 and will take audiences on an immersive journey through the gardens of Lauderdale House and Geffrye Museum. Whilst exploring the sites in detail, the tale travels across time and space to express a moving story of love and acceptance. The travelling Bulbul arrives from war-torn lands searching for his Rose, who he finds unhappy and with a lost sense of identity. Represented by different artistic styles, together they share stories of their past and present desires, and gather up the pieces of their broken hearts. The play is an inclusive, joyful celebration of cultural heritage and the acceptance of others. 

Kadam advocates the awareness and appreciation of South Asian arts by supporting dance and music education and aiding in the development of artists. The group works with teachers, students and artists in Luton and Bedfordshire, and promotes performances throughout the UK. They are the publishers of Pulse, the leading magazine for South Asian arts, which is distributed both domestically and internationally.

Khidr Collective / Platform London

Amal is supporting 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. Contributors include Roundhouse poetry winner in 2011, Zia Ahmed, and NUS Women’s Officer, Hareem Ghani. Through submissions from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, discussions will range from mainstream topics to more unexplored issues. The zine will be distributed by the collective across London and the UK in collaboration with their host charity, Platform London. 

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.

 Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service

Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service and the Poetry Society are working with Amal this year to present SLAMbassadors, which will showcase and celebrate the skills of Muslim poets and performers. Slam is the art of performance poetry, rapping or emceeing, where artists perform over a hot microphone in front of a loud and lively audience. SLAMbassadors coaches NAGA emcee, Sabrina Mahfouz, Hussain Manawer and Sukina of Poetic Pilgrimage will each work in a participating school for two days, developing students’ writing and performance skills. Students will then take to the stage at the Soho Theatre to perform at the 2017 Tower Hamlets SLAMbassadors showcase.

Tower  Hamlets  Schools  Library  Services  provide  a  range  of  creative  literature opportunities  for  primary  and  secondary  schools  in  Tower  Hamlets. Since 2001 the Poetry Society has been unearthing new talent, igniting live events, and developing the future of spoken word in the UK.

Wood Street Walls

Wood Street Walls have collaborated with Walthamstow-based and internationally recognised artist Zarah Hussain for this year’s Pick Your Pattern project, supported by Amal. Hussain has created six different artworks inspired by Islamic geometry and patterns, inviting the public to vote online for the winning piece. In July, the piece will be painted on a wall off Waltham High Street as part of Eid celebrations. Walthamstow has a large Muslim population and the mural is a positive representation of contemporary Islamic art, which is free for the public to enjoy.

Wood Street Walls is a community organisation that aims to create a sustainable link between the local and artistic communities of Waltham Forest through public art, affordable studio space and free workshops.

Barakat Trust

The Barakat Trust has developed a pilot Culture Vulture Kids Camp targeted at children and families to explore themes around Muslim culture and heritage through creative, thought provoking and engaging strategies. It strives to encourage a thirst for knowledge and enjoyment of learning about the subject matter through recreation and participation. The camps combine curator-led visits to leading cultural institutions to gather inspiration for afternoons spent building, experimenting and designing individual projects. The Islamic Science and Inventions camp will introduce children to notable scientists and philosophers from the 15th and 16th century and to highlight their contribution to modern living. This will include visits to the Museum of Science at Oxford University – where children will explore Astrolabes and other displays – the Science and Natural History Museums in London and Imperial College University.

The Barakat Trust supports the study and preservation of Islamic heritage, architecture, art and culture by funding students, academic research, conservation and other projects. The beneficiaries are Muslim and non-Muslim audiences living in Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world.

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.

From London to Bradford

We’ve spent the Summer visiting Amal-supported projects in locations across the UK. Up next are two of our partners presenting their work in London and Bradford.

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