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Khidr Collective's First Tour

Updated: Feb 21, 2019

In the spring of 2018, the Khidr Collective went on our first national tour, stopping at Manchester, Bradford and Leicester. Although most members of Khidr Collective are based in London, we make an active effort to ensure that the talent we showcase within our zine and online is representative of UK Muslims.

In our efforts to avoid being London-centric, we embarked on this tour with the goal of meeting Muslim artists and arts organisations at these cities, to build a network and find out more about the work that is being created outside of London.

In Manchester, we met Heena from Over Here Zine Fest and Ahmed Mussa. Read Heena’s write-up of our day here.

At our next stop, Bradford, we met Samayya Afzal from the Muslim Council of Britain and actor, writer and playwright Kaan.

Finally in Leicester we had the privilege of meeting Nawel who runs Good Girl Gang.

Meeting these artists and learning more about the art they’re creating, oftentimes with limited resources, was inspirational. We saw first hand that thought-provoking and personal art is being made by artists on the margins, away from lofty art institutions. We hope to be able to platform such individuals and develop into a resource that young artists can gain from, financially and educationally.

At Khidr Collective we will continue to work hard to elevate the voices of marginalised, Muslim artists. In 2019, we hope to tour again God willing — please get in touch with us if you think we should visit your city/town!

A huge thanks to the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust for enabling our first tour!