The mosque needs your help to spread a message of love, peace, music and charity

Erkin “Egg” Guney 2 Ramadan Mosque 9-15 Shacklewell Lane Dalston E8 2DA 030816 © DavidAltheer [at]
The Shacklewell Lane Mosque, like most in Hackney, is Sunni
In with a prayer: Erkin “Egg” Guney in the impressive dome of the Shacklewell Lane mosque

MosqueDome15: Dome of Shacklewell Lane Mosque painted by candidate Nigel Askew 240415 then uinpainted 300415 © The dome when it was controversially painted, and then unpainted

A MULTI-FAITH FESTIVAL of “spiritual music, dance, ritual, story-telling and poetry” is a difficult sell and charging up to £60 for a two-day ticket seems, well, ambitious.

But that is what Keef Wesolowski-Miles is staging in Dalston this month to raise money for a host of good causes.

In his favour is that the choice of venue, the mosque in Shacklewell Lane, seems appropriate at a time when Londoners sympathetic to Muslim claims of social victimisation would like to reach out to practitioners of Islam.

Wesolowski-Miles says the Golden Egg Love Fest will be “a big fundraising event in support of local and international community projects with a focus on Spiritual Evolution, Environmental Consciousness, Social Justice and Education… a collaboration of musicians, dancers, spoken-word artists and community facilitators from diverse ethnic and faith backgrounds”.

As well as music from around the world it will feature stalls — alternative medicine, anyone? — and food (veggie and vegan, natch).

Proceeds will go to the mosque’s refurbishment, a charity in Gambia and others in Brazil and Colombia.

The festival is named for the owner of the mosque, the colourful Erkin Guney, whose nickname is Egg and who wants to broaden the venue’s appeal to Hackneyites.

The press release for the event adds: “LOVE is the key and the GOLDEN THREAD that weaves human hearts together with mutually respect for all traditions, while dreaming embodied co-creative evolution.”

How sweet is that? Better search your parents’ attic for some hippie drapes then open your wallet to buy some tickets for a day or two of, uhm cool vibes.

David Altheer 060417

* The Golden Egg Love Fest, Ramadan Mosque, 15 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston E8 2DA, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April 2017, 9.30am-8pm. Ticket prices: see festival site (press link above).

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