A series of events looking at critical issues affecting young people today.
Salaam Shalom and Arnolfini are teaming up to bring you a host of hard hitting talks and debates on issues that matter to you! Inspired by Bristol Festival of Ideas, Young People’s Festival of Ideas will invite high profile speakers to Arnolfini to talk about:
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20TH NOVEMBER 2013
Social Media: .
As people’s behaviour on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook makes the news headlines we must ask if technology is making us less human? Should we always protect anonymity at all costs? Why can’t people just be nicer to each other? And with a minority of people actually controlling how we communicate with each other online, who really has power over the internet?
22ND JANUARY 2014
Class and Education:
With our current political leaders all coming from a very distinct educational route, we ask if the school you go to decides your future? What use is going to University if you can’t go to either Oxford or Cambridge? Is Education widening the class divide?
Salaam Shalom’s Youth Council planning meeting for YPFoI:
Salaam Shalom is holding a FREE unique workshop that will look at how to mediate and resolve conflicts in a variety of contexts: from marriage breakdowns to global political disputes in the Middle East! This workshop will:
1. Support participants to understand conflict resolution
2. Explore how to mediate contentious issues
3. Encourage dialogue between different groups and to promote community cohesion
Date: Sunday 20th October 2013
Time: 4.30pm to 7.00pm
Venue: Bristol University Multi Faith Chaplaincy, Ground Floor, The Grange, 1 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1AU
Refreshments will be provided. Venue has a car park and on street parking.
This is a FREE workshop.
To book, please email Shabana Kausar at Shabana@salaamshalom.org.uk by WEDNESDAY 16th October 2013.
Click here to listen to a selection of performances and poetry written by young people, recorded at Ammerdown in March 2013
Salaam Shalom and Ammerdown’s creative dialogue residential took a group of young people out of the city, into rural Somerset for four days in March 2013. Young people were provided with the opportunity to participate in a creative programme of activities, that encouraged and provided safe spaces for open and honest dialogue amongst young people from diverse faith and cultural backgrounds.
Salaam Shalom’s approach to intercultural and interfaith dialogue, particularly its work with young people, has always been holistic and creative. The emphasis is to explore individual identity and how faith, culture and community influences and challenges their understanding of others. Young people were encouraged to have dialogue around a range of topics that informed a broader understanding of identity.
Click here to read the responses of three young people to their experiences.
‘The feedback was extraordinary. The four days clearly touched everyone in a profound way. They agreed they were leaving as ‘better people’, who had benefited from feeling listened to, but also from learning themselves how to listen ‘truly’ to others and respect different opinions and perspectives… such experiences are rare in our world today: how often do we have the time and opportunity of genuinely, unhurriedly, engaging with people whom we do not usually mix with? Of listening ‘deeply’ to what they wish to tell us, and of being listened ‘deeply’ in return? Of being gifted the chance of seeing the world through different eyes? Of becoming better people through the gentle touch of others?’
Bénédicte Scholefield, Director of The Ammerdown Centre
‘When we were thinking about setting up what became Salaam Shalom in 2006, we said that one significant focus of activities had to be young people, amongst other intercultural aims learning media skills in order to express themselves in new and artistically creative ways. It’s great that much of our current work programme achieves precisely that.’
Martin Vegoda, Director & Trustee Salaam Shalom