MFest brings together Muslims and non-Muslims to celebrate the richness and plurality of Muslim cultures, and explore contemporary Muslim thought through the breadth of its heritage, politics, and communities. Sponsored by the Aziz Foundation and DeepMind, the new annual festival aims to provide a platform for emerging and established writers, performers and artists to present their works and bring together Britain’s diverse and vibrant Muslim population. Nearly 30 events will make up the MFest programme, including poetry readings, workshops, performances, discussions, after parties and family events. The award-winning novelist and political commentator Elif Shafak will give the 2018 keynote speech, following music by the acclaimed Palestinian singer Reem Kelani. Other noteworthy speakers will include journalist Razia Iqbal, BAME in Publishing co-founder Sarah Shaffi, former president of the National Union of Students Malia Bouattia, community organiser Pilgrim Tucker, Emma Dent Coad MP, grime artist Saskilla, cultural critic Ziauddin Sardar, and dancer Akram Khan.
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