Newham Council unveils programme to mark Islamophobia Awareness Month

IAM 2023

• Islamophobia Awareness Month launches this November
• ‘Muslim Stories’ set to celebrate Newham’s communities
• Events include a film screening, workshops and a variety show

Newham Council will mark its fourth annual Islamophobia Awareness Month this November with a series of tailored events based on the ‘Muslim Stories’ theme. The programme will focus on celebrating and building connections amongst our diverse Muslim and non-Muslim residents.

Highlights of the month will include a significant film screening in collaboration with the London Indian Film Festival. The film is Leesa Gazi’s debut feature, Barir Naam Shahana (A House Named Shahana), on Thursday 2 November at Stratford East Picturehouse; there will also be questions and answers with the Director. To close the month, there will be a Muslim Variety Show at Old Town Hall Stratford on Thursday 30 November, with diverse storytellers and performers from the Muslim community.

Councillor Rohit K. Dasgupta, Deputy Cabinet Member for Equalities, Social Justice and Culture, said: “This programme’s launch couldn’t have come at a more crucial time. Our goal is to bring communities together to discover the beauty of Islam through calligraphy, art, workshops, and thought-provoking films.

“When we engage in these conversations and share Muslim stories, we break down the barriers that separate us and strengthen our shared humanity.

“Let’s embrace this opportunity to learn about and understand each other’s differences, which will help us build respect for the diversity we cherish right here in Newham. Let’s continue fostering unity and understanding.”

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Published: 03 Nov 2023