Zarqa Nawaz, author and creator of the hit CBC comedy, ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’, will be delivering the Keynote address during the Silk Road Institute’s annual Gala in Montreal on May 30.
Ms. Nawaz will also be among those honoured with the organization’s inaugural Averroes award which recognizes exceptional contributions to furthering cross-cultural dialogue and exchange.
Ms. Nawaz is the creator of the world’s first sitcom about a Muslim community living in the west. ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’ premiered to record ratings on the CBC in 2007. It finished airing its 91st episode in 2012 after completing six seasons and is now being broadcast in over 60 countries.
More recently, Ms. Nawaz released a memoir titled, “Laughing all the way to the mosque”.
Ms. Nawaz will be available for media interviews and photo opportunities from 5 to 6pm.
The Silk Road Institute (www.silkroadinstitute.ca) is a Montreal based, non-profit, organization dedicated to furthering cross-cultural exchange and building bridges across Montreal’s diverse communities through thought-provoking discussions and creative artistic expressions.
The organization will also be honouring Bochra Manaï, and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AGTC). Linda Milrod, Head of Exhibitions and Collections at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto will be receiving the award on behalf of the AGTC.
What: Silk Road Institute Annual Gala
Date: Saturday, 30th May, 2015
Time: 6 p.m. EST
Location: 3650 Rue McTavish, Montréal, QC