On Sunday 25th March at the Centre for Independent and Inclusive Living in Ilford saw us hosting an extra special one off Persian Tea Party with Peggy Casale from Iranian Community London East to mark and celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year. The tea party had an interesting line up with artist Sadia Ur-Rehman opening the event, Nahid Soleymani providing an insight into tea drinking customs in Iran and Sorour Fattahi presenting a specially commissioned short film about Nowruz.
Interesting and insightful conversations took place as a real mix of guests attended our tea party from the Redbridge Mayor and local councillors to local residents and members of the growing Iranian community. One guest fedback at the end that ‘this event brings everyone together, which I loved!’
The games and activities designed by artist Sadia Ur-Rehman to facilitate the conversations that took place and encourage dialogue between guests were specifically devised to engage guests in discussing the local area, learning about tea and Persian customs and culture. Guest Aamna Khokhar told us about her experiences of the tea party; ‘I’ve learnt about the New Year, some of the traditions, a little about the politics and also about the fact that tea is very important!’
Here is a selection of photos from the day:
© Photo credits to Connie Taylor & Mikey Knott