Frontline films

Frontline Film ClubA few young-ish people (18-30) are meeting on Wednesday 15 April 6-7.30pm at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PW.  They’re interested in screening film shorts or documentaries, picking up on themes that resonate.

– screenings of short documentaries or films

– discussion around themes, ideas for collaborative action

– for people working/interested in civil society, religious, human rights, intercultural groups

– intentionally a mixed group; the diversity brings a wide range of experience & knowledge

– if it brings value & depth, we’ll take it forward

– initial meeting to discuss how this could happen

– Collaboration House is a temporary, experimental space for intercultural groups to work together for a better world

If you’re interested, or know someone who might be, please come along &/or let LBFN know if you’d like to come to the next event.  Thanks to Tara for the great image & for putting it up on Facebook!

Photographers and artists: call for entries

Two opportunities for artists to submit their work on religious and intercultural themes:

2012 winner Faith Through A Lens Paul Triller Brothers in Arms

2012 Faith Through A Lens winner Paul Triller’s Brothers in Arms.

Faith Through a Lens is looking for

“the amateur photographer that best captures the essence of faith and the community.”

Suggested themes include ‘community spirit against the odds’ and ‘a community hero’.

Prizes include photographic equipment and the judges include Paresh Solanki from the Inter Faith Network and photojournalist Don McCullin (profiled this week on BBC1).  The deadline for submission is 14 October.

Call out 2013 individual artists3FF has put out a call for submissions to their annual Urban Dialogues exhibition, which this year includes some outdoor space.

“This exhibition is designed to stimulate dialogue in the contemporary arts, reflecting the cultural diversity of our society, but also exploring issues of fragmentation and dissonance.

We are looking for artists to present fresh ideas and approaches that challenge our understanding of who we are and what we believe.”

The deadline is 15 July.

Faith Through a Lens finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony in London on 20 November.  Successful Urban Dialogues submissions will be exhibited at the Red Gallery 1-13 October.

Pass the word around to amateur photographers and professional/aspiring artists.

ENORB Round Table & Reception in Brussels

Come & meet people from across Europe who are doing the kinds of thing LBFN members do – building trust across different religions and beliefs, combating discrimination and prejudice, working locally and with public sector partners for the common good.

LBFN has been actively making links across Europe for a few years and has been part of the European Network on Religion and Belief development group from the start.  We’ve held a couple of gatherings in London – the last at Europe House in Westminster.

The topic for ENORB’s first meeting at the EU Parliament on 29th May is Security in Europe: the contribution of Europe’s diversity of religions, humanist and philosophical traditions to overcoming discrimination, violence and extremism.  The EU Parliament Vice President László Surján will be with us.

You’ll find more info and details of how to apply here ENORB Roundtable & Reception Brussels and the invitation is here ENORB Invitation to Brussels.

The round table has limited places, but the evening reception and workshops the following day will be able to accommodate many more.  Eurostar tickets are cheaper if you book well in advance . .

There’s a short piece ‘Making faith matter in the EU’ in the Economic and Social Research Council’s Britain in 2012 (I can’t find it online, but it’s at newsagents).

Europe: building trust between communities

At LBFN we have welcomed the possibility of stronger links with similar grass-roots groups across Europe.  Our Breakfast in Multifaith Europe during Inter Faith Week last year brought together several other groups with similar interests.

Last week an exploratory meeting involving pan-European groups took place in Brussels and was followed by a meeting at the European Commission, arranged by Alan Murray, Director of All Faiths and None.  LBFN’s Convener was happy to take part in both.  There was a positive response and there is a possibility of a conference later in the year, again in Brussels, bringing together intercultural groups (within the EU ‘religion & belief’ includes Humanist traditions) from across Europe.