17th July to 4th October BMAG Community Gallery
Young People explore contribution of Muslim communities to WWII. Muslim and non-Muslim groups look at key events and themes through history workshops, debates and discussions, then creatively explore these through video, sound, artwork, working with Vanley Burke, Sima Gonsai reflecting on aspects of their own lives, experiences and perceptions.
Opened by Rita and Brian, 'The past casting a light on the present', then Neelam (third from left, Vanley is first on left) a participant, blew everyone away with her speech: 'I am British, I wear a Hijab, and I am as much a part of our union jack, our history...next time I will wear a poppy with pride.'
It is vital this message is heard, across all our society, all the more poignant coming from a young, hijab wearing muslim woman. Listening to young people animated, focused, eloquent and determined can be quite moving, maybe because across our media, in our society, young people rarely do have the opportunity to be heard, and even less often taken seriously.
Definiitely worth a visit.