Join us to explore the Above the Noise: 15 Stories from Bradford exhibition at the National Science and Media Museum until 7.30pm on 22nd, 23rd and 24th May. We’ve arranged special late evening openings on these days to coincide with the Ramandan Tent Project’s Open Iftar events held in City Park. Why not take the chance to catch this exhibition (open until June 19th) before heading across the road to experience the breaking of the fast and help build an understanding of Ramadan?
The Open Iftar invites people from all walks of life to come together to experience the breaking of the fast, share a free meal and engage in inspiring conversations. You can register for this event here.
In Above the Noise we’ve similarly aimed to bring Bradford’s communities together and spark conversation. We have collaborated with people who live and work in the district to explore how they make and shape Bradford using different media technologies. Each of the fifteen stories reveals the Bradford that lays beyond the headlines and show how established media can be bypassed or adapted by people to build communities, share culture, record alternative histories or make social change.
One of the fifteen stories, ‘Connecting Through Listening: Islamic Sounds in Bradford’, provides an opportunity to focus and reflect on the characteristic sounds of Islam. For over 60 years, these sounds have been part of the soundscape of Bradford. They create and maintain a sense of Muslim religious life and identity while, at the same time, expanding and diversifying the sounds of our city. This immersive sound experience blends contemporary sounds of Islam with pre-existing recordings and personal reflections. Developed with a local mosque and volunteer researchers, this installation highlights how these sounds connect people, places and communities, through technology.
The ‘Connecting Through Listening: Islamic Sounds in Bradford’ exhibit was made through a collaboration between sound artist Alex De Little, Seán McLoughlin (University of Leeds), Annie Jamieson (National Science and Media Museum), Bradford Grand Mosque, Wahida Shaffi, Sonia Fayyaz, Nabeelah Hafeez, Aysha Sadiqa, Sonia Sarah and Farah Yasin.