2016 Snapshots

Inter Faith Week 2016 saw more events take place than ever before. Across England, Northern Ireland and Wales, people of different faiths and beliefs attended events or followed the Week online and on social media, where 5.9 million Twitter users alone were reached. Scroll down to view a series of event snapshots across a range of categories.

A huge range of organisations took part, with an enormous array of events and activities taking place. These included multi faith remembrance events; events celebrating the arts, culture and music of the UK's faith communities; celebrations and festivals; pilgrimages, walks, faith trails and open door days; events promoting dialogue and discussion; events at higher and further education institutions; events promoting increased religious literacy, including in workplaces; school activities; social action projects; sporting activities; women's event's; events held by local authorities and public agencies; and special projects in the media, online and on social media.

On this page are links to a series of mini reports about particular types of events that took place during Inter Faith Week, with some examples of these. Events listed here are only a small sample. To see a full list of the events that took place to mark Inter Faith Week 2016, visit the event map at https://www.interfaithweek.org/events/map.

Inter Faith Week is a programme of the Inter Faith Network for the UK (www.interfaith.org.uk). It leads on the Week, working with the Inter Faith Council for Wales (http://interfaithwales.org.uk), and the Northern Ireland Inter Faith Forum (http://niinterfaithforum.org) in relation to Wales and Northern Ireland.

Scottish Interfaith Week is led by Interfaith Scotland. In 2016, by agreement, events taking place in Scotland were included on this website as well as Interfaith Scotland's website. To view a report of events and activities that took place to mark Scottish Interfaith Week, go to http://www.interfaithscotland.org/scottish-interfaith-week/.


Report of meeting on local inter faith activity held by All Party Parliamentary Group with the Inter Faith Network for the UK

Presentations, in the form provided by contributors, are included, together with a summary of discussion through Q and A.

Published 3 March 2017


Arts, Culture and Music

Inter Faith Week provided a great opportunity for events showcasing arts, culture and music linked to faith communities across the UK.

Published 18 January 2017


Celebrations and Festivals

For many participants, Inter Faith Week was a time of celebration, and a range of celebrations and festivals took place to recognise the contributions that faith communities make.

Published 18 January 2017


Dialogue and Discussion

Inter Faith Week saw many events encouraging dialogue, discussion and debate between people of different faiths and beliefs.

Published 18 January 2017


Higher and Further Education Activities

Inter Faith Week offered a range of opportunities for students to get involved, notably through Higher and Further Education institutions.

Published 18 January 2017


Local authorities and other public agencies

Inter Faith Week provides a particularly good platform for local authorities and other public agencies to work in partnership with local faith communities and inter faith bodies.

Published 18 January 2017


Media, Online Activities and Social Media

An enormous range of events were advertised on the internet and through social media, and numerous articles and blogs were written about the Week. Some also ran social media campaigns, online activities, radio shows or made films.

Published 18 January 2017


Pilgrimages, Walks, Faith Trails and Open Door Days

Inter Faith Week is a time when many places of worship open their doors to welcome others in to learn more, either as part of a pilgrimage, walk or faith trail or an open door day.

Published 18 January 2017


Religious Literacy

Inter Faith Week provides a great opportunity to increase religious literacy, and many events advanced awareness, as people learn more about one another, and something of the contribution that others make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society.

Published 18 January 2017


Remembrance Events

It was decided that Inter Faith Week 2016 would begin on Remembrance Sunday, encouraging people of different backgrounds to mark it together.

Published 18 January 2017


Peace and Non-Violence Events

Some communities chose to come together during Inter Faith Week to promote peace or non-violence through services and vigils or celebrations and festivals.

Published 18 January 2017


School Activities

Inter Faith Week has become a firm fixture in the calendar of many schools.

Published 18 January 2017


Social Action

Inter Faith Week is a time of the year that brings faith communities together, and many choose to celebrate through practical cooperation for the common good.

Published 18 January 2017


National Events and Initiatives

‘National’ events took place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland along with events that reflected a UK-wide focus, such as the launches of a number of projects or parliamentary events.

Published 18 January 2017


Women’s Activities

Inter Faith Week provided a great opportunity for women of different faiths and beliefs to come together in different contexts to develop relationships and discuss matters of common concern.

Published 17 January 2017


Sporting Events

Sport is increasingly seen as being a good way to bring people of different faiths and beliefs together, and a number of Inter Faith Week events reflected this.

Published 17 January 2017