This proposal is for a Grassroots Programme commencing in 2007 and running for three years across Britain, delivered with young Muslim “ambassadors”. We aim to create a network of arts and sports bodies that is linked to a new network of cultural and sporting activists in the Muslim grassroots. By doing this we are giving responsibility and support to British Muslims to become a part of the mainstream in order to create a self-supporting network of cultural and sporting leaders.
Joining the Dots is addressing the social and cultural issues contributing to the alienation of young Muslims from British society via the arts (including performing arts workshops for women), sport and national food celebrations (we include food within cultural expressions). The participation of Muslims in “Britishness” needs to be balanced by the honouring and inclusion of their own cultural and sporting expressions. By doing this we are supporting British Muslims in reclaiming their middle ground and finding a cultural voice.
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