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Monday 14 June 2021 - Sunday 20 June 2021

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Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham




Arts and Culture, Festival

Celebrating Sanctuary- Refugee Week Birmingham

Visit the Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham website for more information and to book.

You Cannot Walk Alone

There is a moment in Martin Luther King’s historic ‘I have a dream’ speech when he turns his attention to the White people who, realising their destiny and that of their Black fellow

citizens was intertwined, joined in the movement for equal rights. “They have come to realise that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom,” he said…… “We cannot walk alone.”

This year for Refugee Week we will be reflecting this message - people from different communities and causes coming together to show support. Standing together and walking together with refugees.  There will be a series of Community Engagement projects with online activities and community walks across the city.

Refugee Week – World Music & Arts Festival

Live and Online Programme

 Monday 14th June

1pm - Refugee Week Online Launch event

Featured Artist Commissions Showcase

Eddy Aigbe, Didier Kisala, Germa Adan, Lauma Berza, Millicent Chapanda, Nifeco Costa & Ahmed Magare


Tuesday 15th

1pm – Birmingham Opera Company & CSB Online Singing Workshop

with Millicent Chapanda & Mariana Rosa

8pm - Emerging Artists Showcase – Online presentation

Wednesday 16th

Featured Artists – Commissions and Profiles

1pm - Rihab Azar - Online presentation and workshop

Thursday 17th

1pm – Birmingham Opera Company & CSB Online Singing Workshop

with Sherry Fatemi & Mariana Rosas

8.30pm - Live Event at Centrala – Didier Kisala (Doors 7.30pm)

Friday 18th – Erdington Partnership

6.30 – 9pm Erdington Evening of Creativity - Oikos Cafe event

Community Performances

Millicent Chapanda

Hassan Salih Nour

(Limited invited audience - event will be livestreamed)

Saturday 19th – Live Event - In partnership with Mac

Refugee Week at Mac – Outdoor Arena 1- 6pm

Event 1 – 1-3pm (limited seating - admission between 12.30-1pm)


Patrice Naiambaa

Community Performances

Germa Adan

Nifeco Costa & Babock Djazz

Event 2 - 4-6pm (limited seating – admission between 3.30-4pm)

Patrice Naiambana

Community Performances


Bumi Thomas

Sunday 20th

3pm – Online Finale Event – Performance by Kadialy Kouyate

Featured Artists - Watch again - commissions

Monday 21st – Live Event

“Voices From The Front Line” - Book Launch event

Cafe Sol @ The Warehouse Cafe

Partnership with Baobab Women's group book launch

Performance from Millicent Chapanda