An intimate sharing of experiences from the female Muslim perspective.
Celebrating the voices of South Asian Muslim women, this evening of curated performance includes poetry, spoken word and storytelling from local artists Nasima Bee, Hafsah Aneela Bashir, Amina Beg and Afreena Islam-Wright.
Join us in Contact’s rejuvenated venue for an intimate sharing of experiences from the female Muslim perspective.
This event 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 around the piece.
Content Warnings: References to racism and experiences of racism. Contains a piece exploring sexual assault and pieces include swearing.
This event is FREE, just click the book button to confirm your place and we will see you there.
The day before this event Afreena will be hosting an Evening of Conversation –a space for South Asian Muslim women to talk about what’s important to them today. This is also a free event, to find more info and book your seat here.
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.
Nasima Begum (aka Nasima Bee on stage) is a performance poet, producer and creative practitioner. She’s a trustee for Manchester’s Young Identity, ( www.youngidentity.org ) a collective of poets, dancers and musicians. Nasima uses art as a means of activism and her work is an exploration of loss, a celebration of femininity and an observance of the world. Nasima’s most notable performances include Manchester Literature Festival, British Council’s BritLitBerlin conference and BBC’s Contains Strong Language.
She has taught poetry with young people nationally and internationally through various projects. In 2019, Nasima was 1 of 5 Greater Manchester recipients of the Jerwood Creative Fellowship with Manchester International Festival in which she observed ANU Productions ‘The Anvil’ and was also commissioned to write and record poetry for an installation piece as part of this. Currently, she’s working on an audio commission with New Creatives North entitled ‘Salt’. This work is funded by BBC Arts and Arts Council England. Nasima is also working on her first solo R & D on a poetic exploration of loss and losing for Push Festival. She is also working on a commissioned piece of work from Tara Arts to write and perform a piece about the 50th year anniversary of Bangladeshi independence
Hafsah Aneela Bashir is a Manchester-based poet, playwright & producer originally from East London. Founder and co-director of Outside The Frame Arts, she is passionate about championing voices outside the mainstream, challenging the gatekeepers of knowledge and increasing diverse representation within the arts.
Winner of the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship 2019, she is an Associate Artist with The Poetry Exchange, Associate Artist with Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Supported Artist at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Mcr. Creating socially engaged work with community at its heart, her play Cuts Of The Cloth was commissioned for PUSH Festival 20 19. Her debut poetry collection The Celox And The Clot is published by Burning Eye Books.
She has worked creatively with Manchester International Festival, Ballet Black Ldn, HOME Theatre Mcr, Manchester Literature Festival, ANU Productions Irl, the Imperial War Museum and the National Festival Of Making in collaboration with Luke Jerram. Recent works include writing the libretto for The Bridge Between Breaths, a FormidAbility & Tete a Tete festival commission exploring Britain’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade.
She is founder and Creative Director of the recently launched, Poetry Health Service – a free digital service providing poetry panaceas as a tool for connection and healing with over 80 contributing poets. She is a Board Trustee for Manchester City Of Literature and is currently the Community Producer for the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust.
Amina Beg is a Manchester-based spoken word artist, writer and poet. She uses her platform in the arts to challenge misconceptions about Muslims in the media because it is important to reclaim the narrative that is framed around Muslim women. She has performed a snippet of her play ‘Sohni’ at the Den festival, supported by the Royal Exchange Theatre, and has taken her show to the Fringe in Edinburgh this year where it was recorded and adapted into a short film.
Amina performed at the Deaf Institue this June for the Palestine Interpal event raising funds to house Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and in Jordan. As a Manchester Museum OSCH Young Collective member, she has also been working closely with the Manchester Museum hosting a poetry workshop for South Asian History Month, tackling issues of postcoloniality and our shared identity. Amina will be going into her second year studying BA Drama and Film Studies.
She is currently running a start-up society in UoM called ‘Spread the Word’ which is a spoken word-based society to engage as many students as possible especially those who are not privileged enough or given the chance to enter the arts. The society incorporates a range of creative disciplines from poetry to music and art. With her society, she aims to uplift voices that are marginalised and often overlooked.