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    Ramadan iftar celebration at Sparkbrook warehouse brings together art, food and faith

    ByMonelo Gabriel

    Mar 31, 2023

    A city warehouse has been transformed into a magical spiritual space for an Iftar night for lovers of art and culture. Soul City Arts, in association with Raja Monkey restaurant, is hosting an Iftar with a twist this Ramadan, as performances and art exhibits will accompany dinner, providing good vibes and great food.

    Based in an industrial warehouse in Sparkbrook, visitors will enjoy performances and short films, as well as a reproduction of a page from the ancient Birmingham Koran. A souvenir from the 2022 Birmingham Festival will see an art installation of prayer rugs that were featured in the stage production ‘Waswasa’ at the festival. The artistic evening will end with a sunset Iftar meal, prepared by Raja Monkey’s Chef Munayam Khan.

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    All money will go towards relief efforts for Islamic Relief’s Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeal. The event, this Monday (April 3), is also an opportunity to celebrate the work of Soul City Arts for 15 years: the company hosts arts programs and events focused on “connecting communities and transforming society through creativity.”

    His recent spiritual event ‘Wawasa’ debuted at the 2022 Birmingham Festival, an immersive theater experience exploring the Islamic act of prayer. Raja Monkey, based in Hall Green, is a top-rated Indian restaurant offering authentic Indian cuisine.

    Soul City Arts founder Mohammed Ali, known to some as Aerosol Ali for his street art, said the event had an artistic focus and was a great time to explore the organization’s interfaith work. It would bring Muslims and non-Muslims together for collective sharing.

    “This is not a typical gastronomic event: the food must be served at a precise time and everyone eats together.”


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