Voices first project YOUNG MUSLIM VOICES, which will collect personal stories and experiences from young British Muslims, launches today with the release of a short film. The release of the film will also see the launch of a submissions campaign running from January 29th — May 29th, inviting young Muslims between the ages of 5 and 3 5 years to enter written submissions. A selection of these will be performed at live events and in online video clips by professional actors at leading venues across London and the UK.
Voices wants to challenge and counter the negative stereotyping of Muslims in certain sections of the media and society today. Voices aims to spark across cultural dialogue, challenging prejudice and advocating empathy. Award winning actor and script writer of the film, Asif Khan said: ” Voices gives myself and other British Muslims our voices back. Voices is a new platform, for British Muslims to air their stories, feelings, and experiences. Voices tackles Islamophobia and will help build bridges
between us all‘ Co-founder of Voices, Daisy Boulton said: ” Storytelling is one of humanities oldest and enduring traditions. The sharing of stories, around campfires or through social media, is what
connects us to each other and serves as a reminder that we are united by more than what divides us. Voices aims to use the age old power of stories to bring people together.‘ Co-founder of Voices, Oli Boulton said: ” Voices is about people representing themselves and celebrating a community of diversity. In the current climate there is a growing ’US versus ’Them narrative and so it has never been more import ant to listen to and share each other’ s experiences and look for what makes us the same and not what makes us different .‘ With the first live Voices event scheduled this spring/ summer, the time is now if you’re a young British Muslim to share a story or experience. Voices
wants you to tell your story. If you are a young Muslim and would like to submit a story then follow the link, with more details about the process.
http:/ / www.voiceso‡ondon.com/submissions