Get refugee week updates

Counterpoints Arts

Sunday 20 June 2021

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm




The British Museum




Arts and Culture

YouTube Premiere Sunday 20th June at 18.00

Aviva Dautch, the British Museum’s poet-in-residence for Refugee Week 2021, meets actor Juliet Stevenson and award-winning poets Carolyn Forché, Mimi Khalvati, Nick Makoha and Suhrab Sirat to discuss the relationship between poetry and testimony and explore the importance of the arts in bearing witness.

The event includes readings by Aviva Dautch and Kaycee Hill created especially for Refugee Week 2021, inspired by the current British Museum exhibition Reflections: contemporary art of the Middle East

A Refugee Week special event:

This event is supported by AKO Foundation

Reflections: contemporary art of the Middle East exhibition is supported by the Contemporary and Modern Middle Eastern Art (CaMMEA) acquisitions group:
Photo credit:

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji. Ali’s boat 1. Indian ink and charcoal on notebook paper. Reproduced by kind permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum