Muslim Lifestyle Show 2016
Last weekend, the Muslim Lifestyle Show took place at Kensington Olympia. Being a lifestyle blogger and a Muslim, attending was a bit of a no brainer for me!
The event ran over two days, and it wasn’t just lots of people selling things. There were seminars, fashion shows, a theatre production not to mention networking workshops. Something for everyone, and if you didn’t go, you definitely missed out.
Apart from the usual scarf and date sellers there were a lot of unique businesses and I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of goods on sale. From exotic meat to jewellery to cosmetics to swimwear, everything was covered (excuse the pun).
I liked the fact that there was a separate art gallery on the 2nd floor which featured lots of different styles of Islamic art, calligraphy and photography. From contemporary to classical, there was a variety of pieces to admire and purchase.
I booked my tickets for the play Jungly Jadoogar which was produced by Wagging Tongues Ltd. It was a big rush to get to Olympia for 11.30 but we made it! The show was aimed at children but was equally entertaining for grown ups. Some great acting and effects made it a memorable show which all the kids really enjoyed. Lots of laughs were had and the intertwining of Asian culture in an English language play made it a pretty unique production. Wagging Tongues Ltd. are a fairly new production company focusing on bringing the Pakistani and British cultures together so I’m looking forward to seeing more from them in the future.
It was great to see a Muslim event on such a large-scale (10,000 on the first day) managed so well. The sheer number of staff involved reflected the professionalism of the organisers. My only criticism was that the queues for the food court were so long that many people left to eat outside which was unknowingly even more time-consuming — ultimately leaving less time for shopping. But hopefully this problem won’t occur at their next venture which is the London Halal Food Festival. The last food festival which was run by novices was really chaotic, so the next one should be pretty fabulous.