As part of Ramadan 2019, BALTIC partnered with Ramadan Tent Project to host an Open Iftar, a community event which aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and experience of Ramadan and fasting for all.
Since 2013, the Open Iftar series has been inviting people from all walks of life, different faith backgrounds and none, to come together to break fast, share food and engage in inspiring conversations.
Open Iftar bridges communities; it is a space in which our commonalities are highlighted, our differences celebrated and human connection is forged.
For Open Iftar at BALTIC we invited local communities to meet, eat together, pray, reflect and engage in conversation. A programme of talks with a focus on community cohesion and tolerance included presentations from Sara Bryson, Director of Tyne and Wear Citizens, Hamzeh Al Hussien, refugee artist based in Gateshead and Cllr Ann Schofield, Labour Councillor.
The ninth month of the Islamic year, during which strict fasting is observed from dawn to sunset. It is within the month of Ramadan, the Holy Qur'an was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.
At sunset in the evening, a prayer called Maghrib is observed, followed by a meal to break the fast. This meal to break the fast is called Iftar.