The Dance Tour Comes to an End

After visiting twenty two venues over 12 months covering 132 miles the artwork Dance has finished it’s tour of Birmingham (and occasionally over the border). During that time it has been exhibited in: Fourteen Churches, Three Synagogues, One Mandir, One Islamic Centre, One Cathedral, One FE College and one Art Gallery It’s travelled from Rubery […]

Birmingham Conversations

The Birmingham Conversations was set up in 2014 with the aim of bringing together select groups of people of all faiths an none to discuss issues of faith and public life. It was felt that some of the more contentious issues of how faith is lived out rarely get discussed at other interfaith events and […]

Faith in the Public Sphere

The third ‘Birmingham Conversations’ took place recently on the theme of ‘Faith in the Public Sphere’ and explored the issue of how faith communities engage in all areas of public life. The Conversations were attended by Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Humanists, Muslims and Sikhs as well as people involved in local politics, business and education. The […]

Birmingham Conversation: Faith and The Arts

Can art be a positive influence on interfaith dialogue? How can art create new spaces for conversations between people of different faiths? How can an understanding of faith and inter-faith dialogue impact the arts? How do we talk about art or religion that causes offense to others? These were just some of the questions discussed […]

The Winners Are Announced

The winners of the Near Neighbours Photography exhibition were announced and awarded their prizes on Saturday 16th November 2013. At a lively and fun evening at Birmingham Cathedral hosted by Nikki Tapper from BBC  RadioWM, the winners were awarded their prizes by The Right Revd David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham. The audience was entertained with […]

Competion Winners on Display

The Near Neighbours in Birmingham photo competition was opened with a  private viewing for invited guests to St. Philip’s Cathedral. The 60 guests all spoke very highly of the photos which are being displayed in the Cathedral alongside the Faithful Friends Exhibition. The evening included speeches by The Rt Revd David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham […]

FAITHFUL PHOTOGRAPHERS NEEDED

Near Neighbours is calling for photographers with a faithful focus to train their lenses on the friendships that have been built across the city between people from different religious traditions. We are looking for pictures that capture one of three themes: Friendship Faith Community A selection of the photographs will be displayed in St Philip’s Cathedral from […]

Learning to Lead in the Big City

‘Tomorrow members of the public are coming for a guided tour of London, your task between now and then is to research, plan and then lead a tour for them’. How would you feel if that was said to you? well that was just one of the challenges the Catalyst group faced on their residential […]

Sunrise in Sparkhill 3

As people arrived at the park they couldn’t fail to notice an impressive new mural that had been painted on the back wall of the old Sparkhill Swimming Pool. The picture was the work of local artist Mohammed Ali from Soul City Arts. The mural was designed to reflect the Olympics, faith and the swimming […]