Zain Dada is a writer, cultural producer, researcher and award-winning film-maker. He is the co-founder of Khidr Collective Zine - a zine platforming the work of British Muslims which has featured on Vice, Huck Magazine, Tate Lates, Mille World & BBC Asian Network. In 2020, Zain co-founded Khidr Comix Lab, a space for Black, Brown and Muslim storytellers to innovate, experiment and create within the comix medium.
Zain has self-published two mini-comics to date, including The Adventures of Iddy Ali (illustrated by Kumail Rizvi) and Sultana (illustrated by Shazleen Khan).
His writing has featured in Spread The Word’s Flight Journal, SkinDeep, The Arts Professional, Exeunt and Media Diversified. Zain’s directing credits include 2019 Outspoken Prize winning short visual poem, the moon is a meme and 2020 Outspoken Prize nominated animation short, Otherstani. Zain is a Winston Churchill Fellow after publishing his research on ‘The Future of Community Arts.’
Zain has also worked on the intersection of the arts, community and research. From co-programming events at community centres due to be demolished to turning facts about obscure council redevelopment plans into powerful, human stories that stir people’s imaginations. He is inspired by projects, initiatives and movements which are accessible, creative and broad in their approach to provoke social change.
"Zain is a true impresario. From his imagination direct into our societal consousness. Zains ability to elegantly draw cultural through lines between the local to the global demonstrates an artist striving to re-write a new version of the world that is both uncompromising and filled with a new truth. He is our present, our future and our truth." - Madani Younis, Chief Executive Producer at The Shed NYC.
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Programme Manager at Maslaha.
Former Producer/Programmer at Free Word
Co-founder of multi-disciplinary arts collective, Khidr Collective.
Co-founder of Decolonising Our Minds.
MA Creative Writing and Education, Goldsmiths, University of London (2017-2018)
BA Politics & History, SOAS, University of London (2011-2015).
2017: Aziz Foundation: Developing Arts Management Professionals and Artists from British Muslim Communities.
2016: Co-president Activities & Events, SOAS Students’ Union. Co-founder of the ‘Decolonising SOAS’ campaign.