The audience returned to the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre to hear more on the Pavilion from V&A’s Dr Chris Turner, Keeper of Art, Architecture, Photography and Design at the V&A, Dr. Omniya Abdel Barr, Barakat Trust Fellow, V&A, Ramadan Pavilion 2023 architect and designer Shahed Saleem and RTP’s Ramadan Festival Coordinator, Atika Dawood. The panel touched on the inspiration behind the final structure, what this means for British Muslims and the British public at large and the architectural and cultural legacy envisioned by RTP, celebrating 10 years and looking onto the next 10.
The afternoon panels focused on a community of communities, celebrating our differences. The first of the final two panels was chaired by Dowshan Humzah, Independent Board Director, Strategic Advisor & Creative Consultant and member of the RTP Advisory Board, titled Faith and Belonging. Siobhan Anderson, Senior Programmes Coordinator, Workplace & Community at The Faith & Belief Forum, Haroon Sheikh, Sarah Joseph and Rabbi Natan Levy, Head of Operations for Faiths Forum for London, spoke about the differences that unite us before Asma Khan, Chef and Founder of Darjeeling Express and member of the RTP Advisory Board, Rashidat Hassan, CEO of Deen4Reel Communications CIC and Dr Mehmet Karakus, Director of Yunus Emre Institute in London, highlighted the different ways in which Ramadan is celebrated across the world. Chaired by Shelina Janmohamed, Author and Vice President of Islamic Marketing at Ogilvy UK. The discussion included the power of food as a connector, with a focus on how we can make our tables longer to host more – may the Open Iftar continue to grow and host our ever-growing community.