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Monday 15 June 2020 - Saturday 20 June 2020

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Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham




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Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham

Supporting Refugee Rights Showcasing & promoting artists-in-exile

Refugee Week Festival - Imagine

Commissions by 10 Featured artists around the theme of "Imagine"

Didier Kisala (DR Congo) -
Stay Together (Live recording)

Millicent Chapanda (Zimbabwe) -
Rudekaro (Live recording)

Nifeco Costa (Guinea Bissau) -
Alleluia - (Live recording)

Zirak Hamad - (Kurdistan)
Kas Nia (No One) - (Live recording)

Germa Adan - (Haiti)
An Nou Leve (Let's Get Up) (Live recording)

Ben Pathy (Angola) with Afro Mio -
Nkondolo - (pre recorded music)

Hassan Salih Nour - (Sudan) with Ibrahim Disko on Drums
Al godear - (Live recording)

Poetry / Spoken Word:
Ben Pathy (Angola) -
Tudo Mudou - PMamona (Live performance)

Laura Nyahuye (Zimbabwe) -
Skin - (Live recording & written poem)

Ahmed Magare (Somalia) -
Quarantime - (Live recording & written poem)
Sun Dust, Not Now - (written poem)

Artwork & Photography:
Kia Aria (Iran) -
Room (Photography exhibition)

Ahmed Magare (Somalia) -
Quarantime (Artwork)

CSB Workshops
Millicent Chapanda (Zimbabwe) - Mbira and song
Fahim Zazai (Afghanistan) - Kitemaking
Zirak Hamad (Kurdistan) - Daf - Kurdish drumming

World Music Party - With Mark Magoo
Saturday 20th June - 7-9pm (link to follow)

Soapboxes – To imagine (In partnership with Ikon)
Saturday 20 June, time tbc
As part of World Refugee Day and Midsummer Festival, Ikon and Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham have compiled 20 quick-fire, home-produced, soapbox videos on the theme of Refugee Week 2020: ‘Imagine’ #RefugeeWeek2020 #BhamRefugeeWeek #Imagine

More info here:

Music Playlists -
Youtube playlist
Spotify playlist

Film links via Counterpoints Arts- Moving Worlds Project
For Sama
I Migrati
Midnight Traveller
Sky and Ground

Plus Contributions from Birmingham Refugee Week Network which we will be sharing throughout the week. Please join the group and invite others so that we can share content and engage with as many people as possible through Refugee Week.

Birmingham Refugee Week
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Selfie Project:
"To imagine’ means to picture something you can’t currently see. To step beyond the current moment, and perceive something different." (Refugee Week UK)
We will be promoting a selfie project to encourage people to show support for Refugee Week by taking a selfie and holding up a sign saying "Refugee Week 2020 and what they imagine". and post with the hashtags: #RefugeeWeek2020 #BhamRefugeeWeek #Imagine