This weekend’s Islamic Arts and Heritage Festival is celebrating Waltham Forest’s rich Islamic heritage, hidden histories and everyday Muslim stories.
Free activities and exhibitions are taking place all weekend at borough of culture hub One Hoe Street, alongside a special ticketed screening at Empire Cinema, and two heritage bus tours. Read on for our top 5 things to see and do across the weekend.
For history lovers: Heritage bus tours
Saturday 20 June, 10pm from Walthamstow Central
Sunday 21 June, 10am from the William Morris Gallery
See the sights and lights of London in a night-time sightseeing tour, and discover Muslim heritage gems along the way. Or find out more about the hidden histories of Waltham Forest by day, with live commentary and guided hop offs. Stops will include the location of the first known public Eid prayers in Chingford in 1894, where a plaque will be unveiled.
Bus tours cost £10 and should be booked in advance.
For documentary aficionados: One day in the Haram
Saturday 20 July, 6pm, Empire Cinema Walthamstow
Witness the inner workings of the Haram in Makkah, as seen through the eyes of the workers, in this documentary directed by award-winning British Muslim film producer and director Abrar Hussain. Followed by a panel session on Muslims and film, with the director Abrar Hussain and producer Shelia Nortley. Film commences 6.30pm.
Adult £5, Child £3, Book tickets
For comedy fans: Fatiha El Ghorri
Sunday 21 July, 4.30-5pm, One Hoe Street
Fatiha El-Ghorri is a London based Muslim hajibi comedian smashing stereotypes with her hilarious commentary on the streets of London and family life.
Free to attend, just turn up.
For families: African storytelling
Sunday 21 July, 3-4:30pm, One Hoe Street
An energetic and captivating performance from African storyteller and hip hop artist Alim Kamara, exploring traditional and biographical stories including Prophet Muhammad and the spider, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and more.
Suitable for ages 8+, booking recommended.
For conversationalists: Muslim Human Books
Saturday 20 July, 3-5pm, One Hoe Street
Have a question you have always wanted to ask a Muslim? Meet your biases and smash stereotypes in this drop in session. Meet: The Niqabi, The Imam, The Cyclist, The Convert and more.
Free, just turn up.
The Islamic Arts and Heritage Festival runs this Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July at One Hoe Street and locations around Waltham Forest, with an opening evening event on Friday from 6pm. For more information on all of the events taking place visit halaltourismbritain.com/festival