his June will be the 21st Refugee Week, taking place across the UK. It’s one of the biggest arts festivals in the country, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. There are also international events in Australia, Europe and beyond.
‘Rafiki Jazz.. the best of British’ Songlines Top of the World Nine native and migrant folk remix roots music and tell modern day stories with a glance back to the ancients. Celebrating unity in diversity with their latest CD release Har Dam Sahara (Riverboat Records) WOMAD 2018 favourites Rafiki Jazz play music that’s ‘a love-letter […]
European Youth Music Refugee Choirs are brand new for 2018, reflecting the same ethos of international friendship through high quality music making. Their first concert will be held at Leicester Cathedral.
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG 30 June, 8pm Rachel Beckles Willson – vocals, oud Francesco Iannuzzelli – guitar, oud, rubab Ciro Montanari – tabla Kostas Tsarouchis – double bass Evgenios Voulgaris – yayli tanbur What connects the stories of a Gambian rapper, an exiled Italian writer and an […]
V&A, Gallery 4 – The Globe, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL Four members of Freedom from Torture’s creative writing group ‘Write to Life’ share their moving, surprising and darkly humorous stories in prose and song. A musical journey to London from Cuba, Burundi, Uganda and Iran, with stories of what was lost and gained on […]
A concert featuring the premier of I am Swimming by composer Nigel Osborne, with accompanying film, that charts the journey of a refugee using the words of child refugees that Nigel has met and worked with through his work with SAWA, a charity in Lebanon working with Syrian refugees.
Looking out onto the same Mediterranean Sea, but from opposite sides of the coast, Turkish-Kurdish poet Bejan Matur and Italian jazz pianist Stefano Battaglia have synthesised their art in an exploration of the recent refugee crisis. With the Mediterranean as their stage, Matur and Battaglia have created a one-off performance inspired by its culture, history and mythology, uniting their poetry and music to question the meaning of home for all of humanity, past and present.