Arts festival Greenbelt has gone even further from its Christian roots and hosted a major Muslim presence with a full programme of performances. Taking place on 25-28 August, in the grounds of Boughton House in Northamptonshire, it partnered with Amal, a British grant-giving fund supporting British Muslim art and culture.
Christian and Muslim artistry, ideas, conversation and spirituality were showcased at the same festival, through storytelling, visual arts, theatre, poetry, music and dance. The Amal @ Greenbelt venue was curated by Chicago cultural producer, Asad Ali Jafri. It featured award-winning Muslim musicians, storytellers, comedians, and spoken word performers, intermingled with dialogues between artists and activists on the intersections between their faith and political struggles.
By combining the two religions into one event, Greenbelt has sent out a mixed message to the many young people attending that there are more ways to God than one. But Jesus clearly stated to his disciples, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me’ (John 14:6).