Islington & Hackney Amnesty “Refugees Welcome” Summer Fair


Islington and Hackney Amnesty Group is celebrating the contribution made by refugees to our community with their annual eclectic summer fair that mixes international music and food with traditional British summer stalls.

Sudanese singers, Syrian speakers and Turkish musicians will be side by side with tombola, book stalls and home-made cakes on Islington Green on Saturday 15 June. And the whole event will be MC-ed by the fabulous Sajeela Kershi.

With activities for children and the opportunity to take action for human rights there will be something for everyone at this free event.

Music from:

Shurooq Abu Elnaas

Sudanese vocalist Shurooq has appeared on MBC television (UAE) and performed at the Cairo Opera House to great aclaim. Her musical repertoire spans the Sahel and Arab world with her own songs bringing elements of
romantic imagery "Beheb el Leyl" (I love the Night) and political awareness.

Her anti-war song "Um al Yatama" (Mother of Orphans) was written for her by Mahjoub Sherif, the late "People's Poet" of Sudan, while her latest release "Min Aglik ya Watani", with lyrics by AbdelGadir elKuteyabi, expresses solidarity with the freedom movement in Sudan. Do not miss the opportunity to see this unique performer live.

Najm al-Dulaimi, a singer from Deir ez-Zor in Syria, accompanied by Aboud Harbh from Damascus (oud player) and Alaa Rachid from Homs (organist)

Afrika Jambo Band

featuring Mr Kawele, singer and guitarist from DR Congo

Zelal Sahin

Singer from Turkey, performing traditional Kurdish songs, accompanied by Les Levidow on violin.

Speakers, including:

Ghias Aljundi

Amnesty International campaigner for refugees and Syrian refugee

Sarah Hailey

From the International Centre for Eritrean Refugees

Michelline Ngongo

Islington Councillor and Congolese refugee

Najlaa Elkhalifa

Sudaness human rights campaigner and refugee

Stalls, including:

Ethiopian food, home-made cakes, tombola (reugee style), books (discount new and second hand), raffle, facepainting, Amnesty action stall

School arts competition
The event has been organised by Islington and Hackney Amnesty Group to highlight the challenges facing refugees and asylum seekers in the UK as part of Amnesty International's I Welcome refugee campaign.

Date 15/06/2019
Time 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue Islington Green
Islington Green
N1 1QN

Louise Orton
Islington and Hackney Amnesty Group
Category Community event, Music
Price Free