Common Ground is a unique, multilingual spoken word workshop series that utilises poetry to promote social cohesion and mutual understanding. This inter-faith spoken word program of workshops and performances is driven by young people and exploring the role faith and identity play in our lives. It has provided young people with opportunities to connect with each other, to develop new creative ideas around their diverse faiths and identities and to promote social cohesion and mutual understanding. Renowned facilitators and artists are collaborating with these budding wordsmiths to create new spoken word pieces exploring identity and role of faith in our everyday lives.
Common Ground was established in 2013 to create a space for young people from two faiths that are often religiously and racially vilified (Sikhism and Islam), to come together and use spoken word and poetry as a medium for dialogue, friendship and interaction. Common Ground’s capacity to represent diverse cultures, faiths and identities through creativity offers a wealth of possibilities. It an opportunity to create interfaith dialogue around shared experiences to promote cultural cohesion and understanding.