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Festival of Muslim Cultures and Ideas
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Dates: 27 – 29 April 2018
Knowledge Centre at The British Library,
96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross,
London NW1 2DB
MFest is the UK's first literature festival dedicated to Muslim cultures and ideas, scheduled to debut at the British Library from 27 to 29 April 2018. It will be a place to engage with Muslim writers and artists from a range of backgrounds and disciplines including literature, music, film, theatre and dance.
Our vision is an annual festival of books and ideas staged in an accessible and non-denominational venue in London, celebrating the rich diversity of Muslim life in Britain and abroad. Central to this festival will be contemporary literature with an international angle, exploring arts, science, history, food, sport, comedy and music, as well as topical discussions around identity, race and global politics. Challenging conversations will be encouraged, exploring the diversity of Muslim opinions on any given issue, but framed in unclenched ways. The ethnic diversity of Muslim communities will also be emphasised through events that highlight African, Arab, Central Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Turkish and Western Islamic traditions, cultures and communities.
The aim is open, honest debate alongside education and entertainment. The festival will not seek to create a single-faith space that appeals to one group of Muslims, or exclusively to Muslims. Rather, it will aim to highlight the plurality and diversity of Muslim traditions and expressions and bring different intellectual strands of Muslim history and their responses to contemporary issues to the forefront.
To offer a plurality of Muslim voices that can contribute towards building a positive and more informed public discourse.
To work alongside publishers to identify and promote new writers, especially (but not exclusively) from the Muslim world, as well as non-Muslims writing about issues that affect Muslim communities and societies.
To critically engage the segments of Muslim communities that feel marginalised and alienated from the mainstream.
To promote reading and writing among younger generations through a schools programme.
|Fiona McMorrough||Founder and CEO of FMCM Associates|
|Sameer Rahim||Managing Editor of Prospect Magazine.|
|Lucy Silver||Co-chair and director of Jewish Book Week|
|Sarah Shaffi||Online Editor and Producer at The Bookseller|
|Dr Nur Sobers-Khan||Lead Curator for South Asia & Urdu collections at The British Library|
|James Runcie||Writer, director and literary curator|
|Tom Ryan||Programming Director at Henley Literary Festival|
|Ziauddin Sardar||Writer and cultural critic|
|Eleanor O’Keeffe||Co-founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature.|
|Yasmin Alibhai-Brown||Journalist and author|
|Lynn Gaspard||Managing Director and Publisher of Saqi Books|
|Ayan Mahamoud||Managing Director of Kayd Somali Art and Youth Entertainment.|