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Come to My Mum’s is a space for South Asian Muslim women to talk about what's important to them today.

Afreena Islam-Wright, a Manchester-based artist and producer, invites you to come to her mum’s for a conversation exploring a range of topics from Islamophobia within the LGBTQ+ community to how arts and heritage organisations can better serve young people of colour. 

This discussion runs alongside Peaceophobia, a show based on the experiences of 3 Muslim Pakistani men, and Come to My Mum’s looks to widen the conversation and bring in different perspectives. 

Panellists include Sadia Habib and Maya Chowdhury from Manchester Museum, journalist Mishti Ali and award-winning activist Qaisra Shahraz. 

Food will be provided – no one leaves Afreena’s mums with an empty belly!

Content Warnings: References to racism and experiences of racism.

This event is FREE, just click the book button to confirm your place and we will see you there.

The day after this event Afreena will be hosting an evening of poetry and storytelling – sharing of experiences from the female Muslim perspective. This is also a free event, to find more info and book your seat here.


This event is BSL interpreted.

Contact offers various access provisions to ensure that you have the best experience possible during your visit.

Please Call 0161 274 0600 or email if you would like more information.



Afreena Islam Wright is an artist and producer from Manchester. Her recent artistic work includes ‘Meet Me at the Cemetery Gates’, performed as part of Cap & Dove – the travelling mini arts centre visiting communities in all Greater Manchester boroughs. Her previous work ‘Daughters of the Curry Revolution’ toured nationally and internationally for 2 years. Afreena’s artistic practice is always rooted in her experience of the world as a second-generation Muslim British Bangladeshi. For her day job, she works at the Arts Council as the Diversity Relationship Manager for the North. She sits on the board of Gaddum, and has been learning British Sign Language for 5 years. Afreena will be curating ‘Come to My Mums’, a series of events around the SISTERHOOD exhibition at Contact. 

Mishti Ali was born to British Bangladeshi parents in East London in 2001. Going into her second year of studies, she is a student at the University of Cambridge, reading English. She is also a multimedia journalist specialising in race, LGBTQ+ issues and identity. Writing essays, features and opinion pieces, her work has been featured both online and in print for Huck, Glamour, Metro, GAY TIMES and more. She has also appeared both on radio and television for the likes of Virgin, BBC and ITV, as well as in brand campaigns for Reebok. 

Qaisra Shahraz is a British-Pakistani critically acclaimed novelist, scriptwriter, an award-winning peace and gender activist and fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is the founder and executive director of MACFESTUK ( MuslimArts and Culture Festival) and of Muslim Women’sArts Foundation.

She has won several awards including In 2016 the prestigious National DiversityLifetime Achiever Award for “Services to Literature, Education, Gender and Interfaith Activism”, University of Salford Alumni Award and a Queen’s Honour, MBE for ‘Services to GenderEquality and Cultural learning novels, “The Holy Woman, Typhoon and Revolt” are translated into several languages including in Mandarin. She has appeared in many international writers’ festivals and book fairs and her work is being studied in schools and Universities.

Qaisra Shahraz has enjoyed another successful career in education as a former Ofsted inspector, a quality manager, consultant and teacher trainer. Co-Chair of Faith Network 4Manchester & Trustee of We Stand Together, she currently devotes a lot of her time and energies to promoting messages of tolerance, peace and community cohesion in the UK and abroad through her literary tours and the festival she runs.

Maya Chowdhury is a 2ndgeneration British Bangladeshi Muslim 17-year-old. She is currently working at Manchester Museum as a Cultural Learning & Participation Officer Apprentice.She works closely with Our Shared Cultural Heritage – a youth-led programme directed towards young people in the South Asian diaspora. She enjoys writing poetry as a form of expression

Dr Sadia Habib is the Coordinator of the Our Shared Cultural Heritage project at Manchester Museum and a Researcher at the Centre of Dynamics of Ethnicity(CoDE) at the University of Manchester. She is also co-founder of The RizTestwhich measures the representation of Muslims in film and on television. Sadiaresearches and writes about identity, heritage and belonging; her PhD research specifically focused upon the teaching and learning of Britishness.

Date Time & Place
Thursday 30 September 6:00pm
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