Tuesday, 21 September 2010

World Peace Day

Today is International World Peace Day, a day of global ceasefire and non-violence where people around the world put down their weapons and join together in the name of peace. Check out this short film from charity Peace One Day to find out how the day came about and why it is so important.

You can find out more about  Peace One Day on their website where you can also pledge your personal commitment to world peace.


Wednesday, 8 September 2010

UNITY at Bristol Portents Event

This month UNITY will be contributing to an exciting event on College Green during September called Portents. It is a community art installation comprising of 50 tents showcasing images from different community groups in Bristol on the themes of Home, Histories and Hope.

The project has been produced by photographer John Easterby in partnership with the Pierian Centre and promises to be a dynamic and interesting exhibition.

We've contributed images for our own tent showcasing some of the work we've done with young people over the past year.

If you'd like to come along the tents will be on College Green from the 18th to the 26th September 2010. For more information check out the BBC news page.

Mediabox & InterAct: Ramadan Photo Project

On Wednesday 25th August we met with 3 young people from South Asian community organisation Awaz Utaoh to being a photography project exploring Ramadan.We did several activities exploring what Ramadan means to each of the young people and choosing key themes for them to explore in photographs. Here are some of the words they came up with:

Ramadan or Ramzan is a time for fasting where Muslims of all ages do not eat or drink between the hours of dawn until sunset. It is a spiritual time of prayer and reflection and the young people said that fasting made them feel good and have good intentions towards others. Ramzan is also a time when Muslims give charitably, Zakat, and many of the young people were sending funds to their friends and families in Pakistan to help provide essential supplies to survive the terrible flooding.

The key themes they decided to focus on are:

The holiday that marks the end of Ramzan.

Chaand Raat
The night before Eid, a great time of celebration where families gather to spot the new moon tghat marks the end of Ramzan and the start of Eid.


5 Pillars of Islam
5 practices that are essential for all Muslims.

It was amazing to speak to the young people about their faith and how it impacts on their lives. We hope that the photo exhibition will give an insight into what it means to be a young Muslim in Bristol. Watch this space for more details over the next few weeks.

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