WORLD RELIGIONS& MULTICULTURALISM IN BRITAIN
The Jain Centre
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
‘Saris, Samosas, and Steel Drums’: Leicester is one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse areas outside of London, one of just three places (in Britain) that can be classified as a ‘plural city’ in which no single ethnic group forms a majority.
Leicester in the East Midlands is one of Britain’s most vibrant and multicultural cities. An estimated 40 per cent of the population were born or descend from countries overseas, particularly from South Asia, East Africa and the Caribbean. On this Study Tour, created by local residents in partnership with FIE, you can discover how people have travelled the world to live in Leicester. Visit the ‘Golden Mile’, New Walk Museum and spectacular religious buildings. Hear about East African twice migrants, three generations of British Muslims, Indian religious festivals and taste delicious South Asian food. Leicester’s motto is ‘Semper Eadem’ or ‘Always the Same’. Yet the city is constantly changing. From the Norman conquerors who built the Cathedral to Victorian exiles from Europe to today’s migrants, Leicester has welcomed people, religions and cultures from worldwide.
tourhighlights: Students at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
STUDY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: OADBY & WIGSTON MUSLIM ASSOCIATION: The OWMA, established 4 years ago, is run by local Muslims with the primary aim to promote the Islamic faith in the Oadby and Wigston area and provide appropriate premises for a dedicated Muslim Cultural Centre for the community. Additionally, the Muslim School Oadby (a supplementary school) provides Islamic education to children between the ages of 5 and 12. BAPS SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR: The beautiful Hindu Temple is a distinct part of the Indian cultural identity in Leicester. It is a spiritual, volunteer-driven organisation dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service.
GURDWARA SRI GURU HARKRISHAN SAHIB: GSGHS is commonly called the â€œOadby Gurdwaraâ€?. The Gurdwara has a wide Diwan Hall on the first floor and a Langar Hall at the ground floor. Oadby Punjabi School is also run at this Gurdwara, where more than 150 children are educated. The Gurdwara is a registered building for civil marriages and has a book stall providing various books on Sikh history. JAIN CENTRE: The social teachings of Jainism: individual freedom and equality regardless of race, sex, caste and colour, strikes a chord in the hearts and minds of modern men and woman. This is the belief, which lies behind the efforts of all who are working to make the Jain Centre a true centre for the Jains of Europe. WORLD ARTS GALLERY AT NEW WALK MUSEUM: New Walk Museum & Art Gallery originated in 1849 when the Literary and Philosophical Society formally presented to the town its various collections, which have grown and developed over the last 160 years into one of the premier museums and art galleries in the East Midlands.
The Blue Mosque, Istanbul Turkey Built 1609-1616 Active place of worship
THE GOLDEN MILE WALK: Walk through Belgrave Road, famous for its jewellers, sari shops and restaurants. During festivals the street is adorned with lights and during Diwali the celebrations here are the largest outside of India.
TOUR INCLUDES: • Train Tickets & Mini Bus • Authentic South Asian Lunch & Dinner • Conversations with Religious Practitioners • Guidance from Tour Facilitators • Entry to all Museums & Centres TOUR DATE: • Saturday 11th of February 2017 • Morning departure from London • Evening arrival back to London DEADLINE: • Friday 5pm, 13th January 2017 NOT INCLUDED: • Additional Meals • Souvenirs • Personal Activities COST: TBC (approx. £100)
* There will be a mandatory pre-departure meeting for all attendees on Fri 10th Feb. For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please note: There is limited availability offered on a first come first served basis. Activities may be subject to change.
Diwali lamp - preparing for festival
Tour will run depending on student numbers.