Assalaamu Alaikum & Peace be on you,
Dear guest, on behalf of the incredible volunteers and staff who are the core of MuslimFest, I would like to start by saying thank you for joining us for our 16th year! We hope you enjoyed your time here and walked away with some amazing memories! Every year we aim to showcase the development taking place in the Muslim art scene and to connect with artists of all backgrounds and ages to curate a diverse and vibrant event.
MuslimFest’s journey has been a powerful one. Starting as a small festival that not only promoted Muslim arts and culture but put Muslims in the spotlight in a public venue during uncertain times, gave the community a positive platform to communicate its stories in a language that’s universal: art. With the help of the community, sponsors, and partners, MuslimFest was able to grow to support artists and youth, and create an international platform that would highlight Canadian Muslims and the vast diversity of cultures that exist under the banner of Islam.
For the immense support we have received, we extend our sincerest appreciation to Zabiha Halal for their support these past 16 years. We thank the countless groups, sponsors, community partners and individuals for their support – MuslimFest is an event for the community and completely runs on the energy and support the community gives it. We also extend our appreciation to all levels of government that support and fund MuslimFest. We thank SMILE and Deen Support Services for assisting in building MuslimFest into an accessible event and supporting our commitment to become barrier-free.
MuslimFest is a volunteer-run organization with 95% of its members being youth. This year’s event features an Uyghur Cultural Pavilion hosted by the GTA Uyghur community. This year’s film line-up includes the featured film, Bilal, a story of a young boy and his journey to bringing change in the world of greed and injustice.
Also featured is the world premiere of Righteous Sinner, starring acclaimed Canadian artist, Boonaa Mohammed. For kids, we have Jamil and Jamila, a kids concert series produced by Nayla Media. Families will get to enjoy a meal in our newly introduced, Food District, lined with food trucks and patios.
With all that said, MuslimFest has a lot further to go – our journey as an event, organization, and community is just beginning. We hope to grow to be a bigger platform for those that use the universal language of art and culture to share our community’s experiences and build bridges of understanding and respect between all.
Once again, thank you for your support and for celebrating MuslimFest 2019 with us! We are always eager to hear your feedback and experience of our event.
If you see me during the festival, please do say Salam 🙂
Tariq “Big T” Syed
Event Director | firstname.lastname@example.org