The List Grows
Our list of Small Grants has grown considerably and we’re working hard to catch up with it all. Some new additions include:
Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation
The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation and the Rethink Rebuild Society have launched a project named ‘Rethinking and Rebuilding Social Cohesion: Engaging Young Syrian Refugees’. The project aims to help young Syrian refugees to inculcate a sense of pride in their heritage while also enabling them to feel at home in the UK, by highlighting the positive contributions of Muslim civilisation and the impact this has had on modern society. Amal is supporting workshops for young Syrian refugees in Manchester focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and design.
Gingko has partnered with Tafahum, with support from Amal, for a concert that explores and celebrates the history of the Western-Eastern Divan by Goethe (written 1814 – 1819), inspired by the culture of the ‘Other’.
The concert will frame the composition and importance of Goethe’s work through presenting works by the Persian poet Hafiz alongside some of Goethe’s actual Divan texts and snapshots of newly commissioned works. The music will draw inspiration from composers such as Brahms, Schubert and Schumann, who were directly inspired by the writings of Goethe. Tafahum will fuse these musical ingredients into newly composed pieces, absorbing the ideas of the spiritual bridge that has connected Hafiz with Goethe, and ultimately the East and the West.
Gingko is committed to creating a better understanding between the West and the Middle East and North Africa. They enable constructive, informed and open discussion through conferences, public events and scholarly publications.
Tafahum is a vibrant, new contemporary fusion group bringing together a core of outstanding, classically trained Eastern and Western musicians led by critically acclaimed British Conductor and Composer Benjamin Ellin and Syrian-born Ney soloist Louai Alhenawi. The group mirrors the desire of both Louai and Benjamin to learn about each other’s musical traditions, backgrounds and heritage to create imaginative, bold and exciting projects that unite under the auspices of art and people.
Amal is supporting The Poetry Club, a new project developed by the Anti-Tribalism Movement, to encourage young Somalis in London to use poetry as a means of creative expression. Somali poetic heritage dates back several centuries, with the use of poetry playing a crucial role within Somali society. Oral poetry was deeply embedded within communities prior to the official written Somali language, and historically poetry was used as a communication tool, passed on from generation to generation. The Poetry Club aims to continue this heritage by supporting young people in learning to create, share and perform poetry.
The Anti-Tribalism Movement was established in 2010 in London by a group of young British-Somalis with the aim of challenging clan-based discrimination in the UK and Somalia. Since then, it has grown into an international force with 140,000 members that strive to combat prejudice, tribalism, and violence around the world.