DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION â€“ SPEAKERS
PHILLIP MINNS & ALAA
BEST FOOT MUSIC
Phillip Minns established Best Foot Music in 2009. It is a volunteer-run intercultural music and art organisation, which aims to encourage social inclusion and cultural diversity by supporting, promoting, and documenting the music and arts of communities and individuals, who have moved to the UK from around the World. They also run educational workshops to help challenge negative narratives and stereotypes around migration. Music recordings are used for education and research purposes and are archived on their website and as part of a national collection in the British Library.
variety of languages, and workshops exploring and celebrating cultural connections. Alaa is from a famous Syrian musical family and has played the Oud and sung for 25 years. Although himself not a professional musician, he is a well-respected player and is also training to become a translator to help support Syrian refugees settle in the UK. Together with Best Foot Music, they have released a 7inch vinyl record and digital download, with all funds from sales going to the Sussex Syrian Community Hardship Fund. Alaa also volunteers with Voices in Exile as a representative of the Sussex Syrian Community. He helps advise and support recently arrived refugees.
Recent work has included events at The South Bank Centre, collaborations with Glyndebourne Opera, and a regular social club/cafe, which includes Syrian food and drink, music sung in a