Mosques, Football Clubs and Charities put on festival to celebrate Ramadan
On Friday 8th April, Liverpool Region Mosque Network and Liverpool Football Club Foundation working with Liverpool City Council and a range of partners are inviting people across the Liverpool City Region to a free, public gathering called Taste Ramadan to celebrate diversity in the city under the tagline: “share food; share friendship”.
Back by popular demand, Taste Ramadan promises to be an unmissable event in the Region’s public events programme for April 2022. With star attraction, comedian Tez Ilyas supported by local performers, it builds on 2019’s success, when 4000 people turned out under the banner “eat with love”, to hear from civic, faith and community leaders, visit stalls and most importantly share food at the Pier Head.
Speakers last time around included the Bishop and Archbishop of Liverpool, Fans Supporting Foodbanks, Chief Constable and various men and women leaders from the Muslim community. Personal meals were shared between people from different backgrounds against the backdrop of a spectacular Mersey sunset, the time when Muslims break their fast. The event closed with a joint pledge from all faith representatives affirming the common humanity of peoples to spread peace, friendship and solidarity against hate. Polling after the event and on social media was very positive and that there should be more events like this for diverse groups to come together.
Taste Ramadan is being co-designed and delivered by a youth steering group. Participants from 2019 included hundreds of young people across the city including from St Vincent’s School for the Blind and local youth organisations who volunteered on the day as well as dignitaries and political leaders.
Speaking about this year’s theme and the programme for the event, Tawhid Islam, said
“Taste Ramadan 2022 is around hope and building a sustainable future. We are delighted to be working with Amnesty International as a partner for the first time, as well as football clubs and charities who offer hope to so many people both across the city and being displaced around the world under tragic circumstances.
The feedback from young people is that the protection of our environment is a huge issue where we need to do more and inspire others and celebrating the creative industries such as art and poetry. Finally, hope is about looking on the bright side and performance is a great way to do that and break down barriers; so as a city famous for our sense of humour, we’re excited Tez Ilyas is saving his biggest appearance in Liverpool for Taste Ramadan.”