OIF Festival of Light 2018

The Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Jawaid Iqbal, used his strap-line, “aspire to inspire” to capture the atmosphere at the end of Oldham’s annual Festival of Light this week. He said that this is precisely what the Festival had achieved. Every seat was taken in the Queen Elizabeth Hall as over 400 people attended the event. The Reverend Howard Sutcliffe opened the proceedings with an Oldham Poem in the style of Tony Walsh’s emotional ode to Manchester after the bombing in the Manchester Arena. Reverend Sutcliffe evoked a sense of pride in Oldham and urged his listeners to stand together. The audience was then regaled with performances of colourful and rhythmic singing and dancing from the rich diversity of Oldham’s communities. There was a first appearance at the Festival for the Filipino community who transported many, in their imaginations, to the South Seas. Two young men from the Khadija Education Centre deftly performed a couple of nasheeds (unaccompanied Islamic hymns). The Bluecoat School Brass Ensemble expertly evoked the spirit of Christmases past with their carols. And the performances were brought to a close with Indian Dhol drums and Lazium. Interspersed among these performances were speakers from the Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Christian faiths who explained the different festivals and the told stories behind them. And then, in a spirit of fun, there was a quick interactive interfaith quiz which engaged the audience and proved a great success.

One attendee, when asked what she enjoyed most about the event, said, “the diversity, the joyousness and the fabulous music and dancing.” And another simply said, “Don’t stop doing it!”

Festival of Light 2018Four Faith Candles were lit Nasheed by Khadijah Education CentreSt Patrick’s Church Oldham Filipino ChoirIndian Dance by Nat-Raj Dance AcademyChristmas carols by Blue Coat School Brass Ensemble

GDPR Seminar for Faith Institutions

Leaders and representatives of places of worship and faith institutions attended a seminar on the current legislation known as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), organised jointly by Oldham Interfaith Forum, Oldham Mosques Council & Strengthening Faith Institutions.

The Seminar was rresented by Ruth Smith, Consultant Solicitor, Corporate & Commercial of Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisors

Members attending the OIF, GDPR SeminarGDPR Seminar in progerss at Oldham Central MosqueRuth Smith presenting the seminar on GDPR

Any Questions - OCT 11

Our second event for October was Any Questions

Any Questions
Date: 11th October 2018

Time: 7.30 - 9.00pm

Venue: Oldham Muslim Centre

Women and Belief - October 4 2018

women and belief

Women and Belief

Date: 4th October 2018

Time: 7.00 9.00pm

Venue: Chadderton Suite, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham OL1 1NT

Entrance is by the civic entrance reception (behind the Queen Elizabeth Hall)
Entry: Free by booking in advance


The aims of the event were for women to:

  • Share their views on how their faith and beliefs influence their life.
  • Learn and enquire about others faith and beliefs.
  • Create opportunities to meet people with different faiths and beliefs.

During the mid-session break Council chambers were open for access (between 8-8:30pm), for attendees to look around and reflect on women’s involvement in democracy.

AGM 2018

Our 2018 Annual General Meeting was held at the Honeywell Centre, Oldham on 9th August 2018

Oldham Interfaith Forum Annual Report to March 2018

OMC Completes CSE Training

The OMC in partnership has successfully trained teachers and Mosque Committee members on Child Sexual Exploitation training. This training will help them in identifying signs and symptoms which they may refer appropriately.

Oldham Mosques' Council in CSE Training SessionOldham Mosques' Council CSE Training Completion
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