Young speakers help to break down barriers at MKIAC event

Diverse communities brought together to discuss mental health and more

The Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture organisation has been praised for its work in breaking down barriers within diverse communities after holding a hugely successful Spoken Word Cafe Night.

Organised by Anouar Kassim MBE in partnership with MK College, the event at Melis Restaurant in central Milton Keynes brought together young people from a range of backgrounds to speak openly about subjects such as mental health, identity, religion and sexuality.

The evening, which was attended by Deputy Mayor Cllr Sam Crook, unfolded by exploring taboo and shared language perceptions across cultures within our society.

The college’s performing arts students and guest poets shared their own experiences passionately to help break down barriers and perceptions. And Millie Shadbolt from Milton Keynes College heaped praise on the hugely moving event.

She said: “It was another fantastic event for the Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture organisation. “It provided an opportunity for students and guest poets and artists to share their work and experiences.

“I would like to say thank you to Anouar Kassim MBE for inviting myself and Lauren Crawford along.

“It was amazing to see such talented and inspiring students from Milton Keynes College perform poetry, songs and speak openly about subjects such as mental health, religion and sexuality.

“The performances were powerful and passionate, and I’m hoping to see more of these events in the future.”

Find out more about the amazing projects the MKIAC is involved in by visiting You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram @MKIAC

This feature was published in the December 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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