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.
Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (Nearest tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square) 7.30 pm Hostile Environment – in words and music with amazing writers: Inua Ellams – Amir Darwish – Zita Holbourne – Shamim Azad with translator Selim Jahan – visiting poet Salah Faik. Guitarist/Singer Sheik Rana Inua Ellams Born in Nigeria […]
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.