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FESTIVAL ON YOUTH, ISLAM, AND THE ARTS

Spring 2010

A festival showcasing the ways in which young people are using comedy, films and music to explore the struggles Muslims face around the world and to also challenge common perceptions and ideas about Islam.

This festival will involve a series of events designed to focus on Muslim youth and some of the forms of popular culture and expression that are being used to establish a new Muslim identity and change negative attitudes. The last few years have witnessed a rise in comedians, music groups, and filmmakers exploring the struggles Muslims have been facing around the world since 9/11 and examining commonly held beliefs about Islam. Young people are using these various mediums to creatively and subtly challenge perceptions and ideas.