An article on the Cultural Collaboration Workshop and the organisation written by the Bristol Post
Upcoming Workshop: Salaam Shalom: Cultural Collaborations
Salaam-Shalom invites you to take part in a workshop series:
What: A space for Muslims and Jews in Bristol to come together and explore our experiences of culture, faith and identity, using creative arts and media.
Who is it for? This workshop is for anyone who identifies as Muslim and/or Jewish in any way, whether that is through heritage, upbringing, and/or religious practice. We welcome an equal balance of Muslim and Jewish participants. Spaces are limited to 16 participants.
What will we do? We will explore our experiences of culture, faith and identity, looking at the commonalities as well as the differences and tensions between and within our communities. Over the course of the workshop we will produce a short video involving poetry, music, interviews and/or acting. All levels of skill and experience are welcome, and there is no need to have any particular creative skills or experience to take part.
This will take place over three sessions:
Sundays 6th, 13th & 20th March 2022
11am – 4pm
Lunch will be provided on each day.
Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 City Rd, St Paul’s, Bristol BS2 8YH
How to Apply:
Follow this link to our registration form for the event:
As spaces are limited, we cannot guarantee that everyone who registers will be offered a place, so we encourage you to register promptly.
These workshops are financially supported by the Salaam Shalom charity, so there are no costs for the participants. All of the workshop facilitation, space hire and lunch on each day are provided for by Salaam Shalom – participants are required to provide their own travel to and from the venue, and to give their focussed time and energy to attending all three of the workshops.
The venue has step free access and a wheelchair accessible toilet.
Food provided will be vegan, halal, and kosher.
There will be time and space set aside during the workshop for prayer.
Day 1: Identity – exploring what our identities as Muslims and Jews means to each of us, what are we proud of and what do we find challenging.
Day 2: Exploring what is common between our cultures/religions/communities, and what are the tensions and differences?
Day 3: To delve further into what came out of day1 and day2, and to collaborate on a small artistic project based on these themes – for example, to make a short video involving music, dance, poetry and/or acting.
Through these workshops we aim to identify future projects for Salaam-Shalom that we hope you will choose to be involved with!
Who is running this workshop?
This workshop will be facilitated by Sara Zaltash and Jake Colman:
I am a British-Iranian singer, performance artist, astrologer, spiritual practitioner and community organiser. I grew up in Reading, in a non-practicing Muslim family. As an adult, through my artistic and academic career, and independent spiritual and political seeking within varied traditions and ideologies, I have engaged broadly with Islam, coming to rest most comfortably within a generic Sufic framework. From my creative and performative engagements with Muslim practice and culture I developed an explorative methodology called Approaches to Embodied Islam, which begins with the somatic experience to curiously and respectfully engage with Islam. I am interested in re-forming and per-forming religious practice so that the emerging needs of humanity can be met in relation to the divine.
I am a music therapist, youth worker, and community facilitator. I grew up in South London, in a non-practicing Jewish family. Over the past several years I have been connecting with Jewish practice and community, which now forms an important part of my life. I find so much beauty and wisdom in the Jewish tradition, and I also feel that there is so much that we need to change, to learn, and to heal from. I am interested in building connections across social divides, challenging injustices, and learning to live in community.
Salaam Shalom is run by a small part-time team. To contact us, simply follow the link and complete our contact form. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.