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‘One Chicago’ video award – and Streets 2010

Winners of the One Chicago-One Nation video contest will be announced Thursday night at Milennium Park during a concert featuring world-renowned Muslim musicians. The concert is part of Streets 2010, an urban international festival sponsored by Inner-city Muslim Action Network.

The concert features the “dessert groove” music of Tinariwen, which combines Moroccan protest music, Algerian pop, and rock and roll, along with virtuoso flautist Omar Faruk Tekbilek from Turkey.

It will open at 6:30 with an award ceremony for creators of short videos showcasing Chicago’s diversity in comedy, drama, documentary, music/spoken-word/animation, and mobile digital media categories.  The video contest is hosted by Link TV and is part of a larger civic engagement initiative also backed by the  Chicago Community Trust and Interfaith Youth Core.

The finalists in the video contest can be viewed here. Prizes range from $5,000 to $20,000.

One Chicago-One Nation continues Saturday, June 19 at 10 a.m. with the induction of 100 newly trained community ambassadors at Streets 2010 in Marquette Park..  Ranging in age from 17 to 80 and representing a variety of ethnic and faith backgrounds, the ambassadors have been trained in facilitating intercultural dialogues and will be organizing community conversations over coming months.

Also part of the initiative, CCT will fund 20 grants of $10,000 each for projects that stimulate cross-community collaboration.

IMAN expects 20,000 people to attend its Takin’ it to the Streets event Saturday in Marquette Park, 6734 S. Kedzie, with four stages (including world music and hip-hop), 100 performers (including Mos Def), and a range of educational and community events and forums.

An annual event since 1997, it’s “a Muslim-led festival where artistic expression, spirituality and urban creativity inspire social change.”  It’s since expanded to a week of activities “that embrace a new Muslim cultural renaissance.”

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