Shared Spaces Festival is a project of Salaam Shalom.
Ten years ago Muslims and Jews in Bristol came
together to celebrate a holy festival that coincided. They felt that the dialogue that took place on this day and further meetings was important, not only because of the ongoing conflicts between these communities around the world- effecting tensions in the UK, but also because these communities have much in common,
historically, theologically and culturally.
Salaam Shalom is a charity that was established in 2006 so that dialogue between these communities and between these communities and wider communities could be sustained. And for the past ten years we have championed
creative approaches to achieving our aims.
Salaam Shalom aims to;
By harnessing creative tools that foster opportunities for communication, cultural and political differences
can be explored safely, creatively and critically.
There are many connections on a theological level which
can help to unite people. But Salaam Shalom has
concerned itself, foremost, with creating opportunities
for dialogue through sharing culture. Through this approach, relationships develop naturally and dialogue happens organically.
It is a fundamental driving belief of Salaam Shalom, that the
more we understand, the less we fear and the less we hate.
Salaam Shalom's role is to bring people together.
Salaam Shalom's Arts & Dialogue Festival will orchestrate
opportunities to share space, ideas, culture and creativity.
Not only between Muslim and Jewish communities,
but wider communities too.
With thanks to Arts Council England for their generous
support of this project.