SalamFest is an award-winning Melbourne-born social cohesion model celebrating Islamic tradition and Muslim contributions to Melbourne, Victoria, and Australia. Our model is based on the Islamic values of peace, love and compassion.
Salamfest sits at a cross-section of three identities –
Muslim, Australian and Cultural/Ethnic identity, our engagement encompasses all three.
Ayesha Bux is the founder of SalamFest. Her Great Great Grandfather came first to Australia in 1860. Her family is of Pakistani heritage and is in its seventh generation in Australia. She has a master’s in Computer Science from RMIT University and has taught at various universities. Ayesha is on the board of JCMA(Jewish, Christian, Muslim Association) and the chair of the Women’s committee. Ayesha has served on the SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council board and as the Honorary Investment Consul for Pakistan in Melbourne. She has presented globally at various conferences and events, including CHOGM Perth, WexNet and Education without Borders. She is an avid supporter and volunteer for multiple causes, including women empowerment, inter-faith harmony and linkages, and empowerment of the community’s high needs or marginalised groups. She gained a valuable insight into the traditions and practices of the Abrahamic faiths during her Catholic schooling. This inspired ongoing support of interfaith initiatives. Ayesha desires to share and celebrate Muslim contributions to arts, culture and cuisine with the broader Australian community. This aspiration leads to the conception of SalamFest.
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