Wednesday, 3 August 2016

A busy few weeks - and an Award!

It's been a busy period for the Apna team. While we wait to see if our application to the Arts Council is successful, and will allow us to return to running a full-time programme, we've been involved elsewhere. Apna activities are continuing, but Arry has been running workshop sessions at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, part of their aim to bring more visitors from the South Asian communities (Rusholme is on their doorstep). 

We also organised a special Eid celebration at Haslingden Market. The sun shone (mostly), and the market looked great, draped in colourful banners and with plenty of even more colourful stalls. Horse + Bamboo provided a yurt and puppetry - plus special theatre-for-ones, where a single performer creates a puppet performance for just one member of audience at a time. Over 500 people visited...

But the biggest event of all was a day spent at the Living Islam Festival at Lincoln Racetrack. This was a fantastic family event, with a bazaar, a fun-fair, a four day programme of speakers and seminars, an art gallery and a food fair. On the final day the Islamic Society of Britain held their Celebrating Excellence Awards, and Arry had been nominated for her work at the Apna. In the event she won the award! (Pictured above).

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