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Saturday 18 June 2022 - Saturday 25 June 2022

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Birmingham Refugee Week Festival

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Refugee Week Solidarity Walk

Saturday 18th June

St Philip's Cathedral

Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QB

Members of The Birmingham Refugee Week Network and City of Sanctuary invite you to meet at 11.15am at St Philips Cathedral, to join in a walk to the Library of Birmingham for the launch of Refugee Week.

Refugee Week Launch

We Are Birmingham 2022 – Self Portraits Exhibition Launch

Saturday 18th June - 12-2pm

Library of Birmingham

We Are Birmingham 2022 – Self Portraits Exhibition

In partnership with photographer Brian Homer of ‘Handsworth Self Portrait’ project dating back to 1979.

We've invited people from all backgrounds, across the city, to document themselves with self portraits, done in the style of Brian’s famous ‘Handsworth Self Portrait’ project. The project is part of CSB's We Are Birmingham 2022 campaign which reflects the diversity of Birmingham in 2022 giving visibility to our refugee and migrant communities.

We are Birmingham 2022 - Self Portraits Exhibition

18th June - 18th July

Library of Birmingham, digital wall.

20 Years of Birmingham Refugee Week - Launch

The Refugee Week Festival happens each year in June, celebrating the contribution and resilience of refugees in the UK, and sharing their stories, campaigns and culture. CSB has run a World Music and Arts Festival for Refugee Week since 2002 making this our 20th Year!

Join us for the start of Refugee Week 2022 and celebrate our 20th Anniversary.

Here’s what we have in store for you…

Presentations and introductions

Spoken Word

from Ahmed Magare (Somali born artist, poet and spoken word artist)

For our 20th Anniversary Ahmed was commissioned by CSB to write a new spoken word piece which he will perform for the launch of this year’s Refugee Week festival.

Spoken Word

from Stories of Hope and Home - a story-telling project offering Asylum Seekers and Refugees a space to share their stories and others a space to hear them.

Live Music!

from Niwel Tsumbu & Didier Kisala (DR Congo), 1pm

Niwel Tsumbu & Didier Kisala come together for a collaboration to launch our Refugee Week programme. Niwel and Didier have a long standing friendship going back to their youth in Congo and their performances present a combination of styles and experiences, reflecting their shared culture, stories and memories.

Please click here for more information

Refugee Week Takeover at Symphony Hall

Saturday 18th June, 10-6pm

CSB are taking over Birmingham's iconic and much loved Symphony Hall - here’s what we have in store for you…

Top Floor

Journey to Safety photography exhibition, 10-5pm

In partnership with the Aston University Centre for Migration & Displacement.

Exploring spaces and places of reception and support along the ‘Balkan Route’, this exhibition challenges the myth of the simple journey, instead highlighting the dangers and

struggles faced by displaced people as they seek safety in Europe.

Shelanu: Women’s Craft Collective

Join Shelanu for a drop-in craft workshop to explore the Refugee Week theme of healing through making. The Collective will also have a stall with their ranges of jewellery available.

Shelanu, which means ‘belonging to us’, is a collective of migrant and refugee women working with Craftspace to develop craft skills, confidence and well-being through social enterprise. They produce high quality craft inspired by their new home and their experiences of migration.

Steve Tchoumba (Cameroon) will be hosting a drumming display and workshop 2 – 2.45pm

Crafts, information stalls, arts and cultural activities throughout the day

Jennifer Blackwell Space

Live Music from around the world, 3-6pm

A musical extravaganza featuring top acts from around the world, presenting a line up of local, national and international artists representing music and cultures from different parts of the globe. Get ready for…

Traditional Gnawa (sacred trance) from Simo Lagwawi and Gnawa Blues Allstars (Morocco)

Roma (Gypsy) songs from Julia Kozakova (Slovakia)

Traditional Sudanese sounds from Hassan Salih Nour (Sudan)

Eastern European music from Karolina Wegrzyn (Poland)

Soulful Sudanese rhythms from Ebo Krdum

Hosted in partnership with B:Music.

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Refugee Week - Journeying

By Baobab Women's Project

18th June 2-4pm

Jericho Building, 196-198 Edward Rd B12 9LX

Make a plaster cast of your feet to paint and takeaway

Write on them the places the feet have travelled

Book a time time by texting Sarah 07912 482336

(bus travel paid)

Celebrating Sanctuary 20 Years of Birmingham Refugee Week - Ikon Gallery partnership

Sunday 19th June

Kadialy Kouyate Trio

Yorks Cafe, Ikon Gallery

Sunday 19th June 4-5pm

Kadialy Kouyate (Senegal)

Descended from a great line of griots dating back to the 13th century. Kadialy’s kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many ensembles and institutions, enriching the London music scene with his griot legacy. Performing with his trio of bass, percussion and kora, Kadialy draws on his heritage and its traditional songs to create his own mesmerising compositions.

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Refugee Week Event - Healing

Wednesday 22nd June 11am - 2pm

At MAC – Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH

An event by, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with resettled Syrian refugees and Refugee Alliance.

The event will feature personal stories, interactive activities and music produced by Birmingham-based refugees. Refreshments provided.

To book a place please contact the Community Engagement Team at: or

Birmingham Refugee Week Healing Party

Thursday 23rd June 2022

4.00pm to 7.00pm

Centrala - Unit 4, Minerva Works,

158 Fazeley St, Birmingham, B5 5RT

Join us to celebrate Refugee Week with dance, song, spoken word and music, with performances from Birmingham’s varied communities that want to share their culture & come together to showcase the City’s brilliant diversity through ‘healing & unity’. Food to enjoy and Stalls included to raise awareness of our migrant communities.

This is a partnership event by Near Neighbours, Birmingham City Council and Centrala

20 Years of Birmingham Refugee Week

MAC Summer Series

Hope, Determination and Song by Anna Mudeka

Thursday 23rd June, 8pm (doors 7.30)

£9 - £15 (Book early for cheaper tickets)

Zimbabwean born singer, musician and storyteller Anna Mudeka tells the remarkable life story of an iconic South African singer, songwriter and civil rights activist. Chronicling a life blighted by hardship, tragedy and struggle, Hope, Determination and Song features many best loved songs including Mbube, Pata Pata and Soweto Blues, songs which embody an irrepressible spirit and integrity and which earned her legendary status. Script by Zimbabwean writer Tomas Lutuli Brickhill and Directed by Tonia Daley-Campbell.

Please follow link for more information and booking details

Journeys of Hope Workshop

Event by In Her Shoes

Friday 24th June 10.30am -12.30pm

BCU City South Campus

Birmingham Festival 2022 and In Her Shoes invite you to join us for Journeys of Hope sharing event. Women who arrived In Birmingham as refugees have created a collection of new songs to share their experience of living in Birmingham.

Women only - booking essential

Please follow the link to book a place


20 Years of Birmingham Refugee Week

MAC Summer Series

Refugee Week Festival Family Event

In Partnership with Mac

Saturday 25th June 1-4.30pm

Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham's Refugee Week Festival happens each year in June, celebrating the contribution and resilience of refugees in the UK, and sharing their stories and campaigns. Join us for an exciting afternoon of music with performances by top musicians from around the world.

Seikou Susso (Gambia)

Muha (Ukraine, Latvia, UK)

Los Musicos (Colombia)

Didier Kisala & The Redeemed (DRCongo)

Also spoken word, community performances and presentations.

Please click here for more information


Samer Rashed & Surge: Tales of the Gypsy Jazz

In Partnership with Surge Forward

Saturday 25 June 2022

Mac Outdoor Arena 7:30pm

Following on from their sold out show at Centrala in 2019 acclaimed Palestinian viola player and composer Samer Rashed returns to Birmingham with his band to perform “Tales of the Gypsy Jazz”. This is his second album that follows his unique path of putting the viola at the centre of his work. For this speical event, you will hear Samer and his band joined by musicians from Surge Orchestra, re-imagining his music with some of Birmingham's finest players including Alex Polack, Katie Stevens, Ruth Angell and Xhosa Cole.

This event is presented by Surge Forward Music and Arts in partnership with Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham as part of Refugee Week Festival 2022