HerSay Celebration Event Info

Dear all,

Alchemy Arts would like to invite you to a community event for the celebration of their 'Her Say' project.

The project aims to work with young girls and women from the South Asian Community living within the Trafford area,  helping them to build new skills, confidence, self esteem and assertiveness.  We aim to work closely with groups to empower and help facilitate new and lasting friendships.

Date of Event: Saturday 15th August 2015.

Location: St Johns Community Centre, St Johns Road, Old Trafford, Manchester.

Time: 2pm-6pm

If you are interested in hiring a stall for the day to promote your business (mendi designs, face painters, clothes, bags jewlery, healthy eating/ health and wellbeing, makeup and beauty) or you would like to get involved with the event by volunteering,  please contact the Community Development Coordinator, Nafeesa on the details below.

Food and drinks will be available on the day.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Please forward on to anybody you feel would be interested.

Kind Regards

Tahirah Nafeesa Javed
Alchemy Arts Ltd
Community Development Coordinator
HERsay Project Lead
Ground Floor
West, Oakland House
Old Trafford
Manchester
M16 0PQ
United Kingdom

My Time On 'The Other Side'

Today's blog is a special blog, written by Alchemy Arts' very own Jonathon Watt. It is an encapsulating and well written piece proving that REAL community cohesion exists in our society, also disproving some of the negative misconceptions about the Muslim community that are published in today's Media. A MUST READ!

 

My Time On 'The Other Side', by Jonathon Watt:

Recently I was fortunate enough to attend the Asian Business Awards with Alchemy Arts.  As a White male, I was very much within a minority at the event. 
I was even asked jokingly by an Asian colleague how it felt to be a minority.

At the time the question was asked, I replied instantly while laughing 'I feel fine,' however as the night went on, I found myself reflecting on the question and actually thinking about it 
deeper. Here I was sat amongst predominately Asian Men and Women, and although I was greeted warmly and made to feel very welcome by everyone, I found myself, subconsciously then consciously searching for commonality.  This got me thinking how it must be for Minority Communities around the world. How they must think and feel constantly amongst dominant groups. There was a definite shift in my thought process that night.  For me, it became so much more than attending an awards ceremony,  I felt it facilitated self awareness.

I also attended a Mosque with Alchemy. This time I was the only white person there.  Even though I am a non Muslim, I was welcomed into the mosque with open arms. The Iman of the mosque actually embraced me and welcomed me in.   
This got me thinking would a Muslim be welcome in a Christian or Catholic Church as I was welcomed in a Mosque? Does radicalisation happen in a mosque? I found the mosque to be a place of peace, love and serenity and it was powerful for me to have been accepted.

 

I would like to end this post with a quote that I find really inspiring - "We can never get a re-creation of community and heal our society without giving our citizens a sense of belonging." 

That is a quote by the American physician, comedian, social activist, clown, and author Hunter Doherty "Patch" Adams. I like it so much as it really does ring true, the evidence of re-creating community through a sense of belonging is so clear in this blog post. That is what We (Alchemy) are aiming to achieve, a community where all feel valued and respected.

Ramadan update. Day 10

We're officially a third of the way into Ramadan now, so I thought I'd send out a little update on how my month has been going so far. When people think of Ramadan and what we do during this beautiful month, their only thoughts are of our abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. What many people don't understand is that Ramadan is so much more than that for Muslims and has a much larger impact on our lives than simply going hungry for the duration of the day! 

For me, this month is not just about fasting. It's about trying to set the tone for the rest of my year, getting into the routine of always making time for my prayers, being more patient, using my brain to it's fullest capacity and giving generously. These are some of the qualities that make up a good Muslim, and indeed a good human being. For myself, Ramadan serves as a reminder that giving to those less fortunate than yourself, praying five times a day and striving hard to make a positive impact in the world are the core values that everyone should aim to possess all year round. 

This year, and indeed the next few years, Ramadan has and will occur during the summer months, when the sun is out the longest and the nights are shortest. For some people, this may produce some grumbling stomach's, but I'd urge all Muslim's to not look at it as being a longer fast, but simply more hours of the day to better yourself and the world around you. 

 

I'd like this post with a short poem by Rumi, one of the most inspirational writer's the world has ever known:

"There’s a hidden sweetness
in the stomach’s emptiness.

We are lutes, no more, no less.
If the sound box is stuffed
full of anything, no music.

If the brain and the belly
are burning clean with fasting,
every moment a new song
comes out of the fire.

The fog clears, and a new
energy makes you run up the
steps in front of you.

Be emptier and cry like
reed instruments cry.
Emptier, write secrets with
the reed pen.

When you’re full of food and drink,
Satan sits where your
spirit should, an ugly metal
statue in place of the Kaaba.

When you fast, good habits gather
like friends who want to help.

Fasting is Solomon’s ring.
Don’t give it to some illusion
and lose your power.

But even if you’ve lost all
will and control, they come
back when you fast,
like soldiers appearing out
of the ground, pennants
flying above them.

A table descends to your
tent, Jesus’s table.
Expect to see it, when you
fast, this table spread with
other food better than the
broth of cabbages."

A New Beginning

For those of you who visit our website regularly, you may have noticed a new heading under our logo titled 'Blog'. That's right, from now on Alchemy Arts will be producing regular blog material for you guys to read through, so you're updated on all the wonderful things we are involved in!

I like to think of this Blog as a new chapter of Alchemy Arts' story, 'A new beginning' if you will. What better time to get the ball rolling, than the glorious month of Ramadan? 

Throughout this month, I will be updating this blog with daily Ramadan inspired posts, for you all to read through whenever you get a chance. 

 

Who am I? I'm the newest member of Alchemy Arts' lovely team, in charge of this blog and our social media accounts and on behalf of myself and Alchemy, I would like to wish you all a joy filled month, regardless of your background/religion. 

Ramadan Mubarak.