“MFest” – The first UK festival dedicated to the literature, culture and ideas of Black British Muslim Communities

Friday 27th – Sunday 28th April, 2018 @ The British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

‘MFest’ – The first UK festival dedicated to the literature, culture & ideas of Black British Muslims.

With more than 25 events running from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April 2018 at The British Library and P21 Gallery, MFest provides a unique platform in the centre of London for emerging and established writers, performers and artists to present their works and bring together Britain’s incredibly varied Muslim population.

WHY NOW?

With anti-Muslim hate crimes in the capital rising by 40% last year, the time to showcase and celebrate the achievements of British Muslims and their contributions to British culture, has never been more pressing.

MFest is the UK’s first ever festival of Muslim literature, cultures and ideas, It will be a place to engage with Muslim writers and artists from a range of backgrounds and disciplines including literature, visual arts, music, theatre, poetry and dance. The festival includes family events, interactive workshops, panel discussions and performances. Central to MFest is contemporary writing and ideas with an international view, as well as topical discussions about identity, race and global politics. We encourage challenging conversations that explore the rich diversity of Muslim opinions from a multitude of Islamic traditions.

WHAT’S ON?

Some highlights:

  • Grenfell: Social Activism and the Failure of Politics’ – grime MC Saskilla, MP for Kensington Emma Dent Coard and Grenfell community organiser Pilgrim Tucker will explore the fire’s legacy and how the catastrophic event has shaped social activism in London. With the one year anniversary fast approaching and the housing inequality debate still raging, it feels like a discussion that’s long overdue.

Saturday April 298th, 2018, 3:30 PM. £5

  • ‘Women and Power: Islam and Evolving Feminism’ – will explore the erasure of Black Muslims, the struggle for safe spaces and how Islamophobia hurts Muslim women the most. Chaired by journalist Remona Aly, the talk will feature the authors of ‘Cut from the Same Cloth‘, a collection of essays by hijab-wearing Muslim women who want to put an end to ‘hijab-splaining’

Sunday 29th April, 22048, 2:00 PM. £5

For a full list of events, to register your interest or purchase a day or weekend pass go to: Eventbrite or MFest