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Counterpoints Arts

Thursday 20 June 2019

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


WeWork Devonshire Square
Devonshire Square


UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency



Free, but registration is essential


Arts and Culture

After four years of exile, Malian refugee artisans use their traditionnal skills to rebuild their lives. They work in close collaboration with french designers to make quality products to be sold through international fair trade channels. ; After four years of exile in Burkina Faso, Malian refugee artisans use their traditional skills to rebuild their lives. In the capital Ouagadougou, together with a team of French designers they explore modern techniques and new working possibilities to express their cultural identity with emotion, sense and symbolic. Through this mindness-opening collaboration they design and make innovative quality products that will be sold through international fair trade channels.


Join UNHCR and WeWork on World Refugee Day to celebrate the culture and creativity that refugees bring to the UK from around the world.

At the centre of the evening will be the largest public display yet of MADE51, UNHCR’s pioneering refugee-made artisanal product range.

  • Special guests Heidi Christ, Senior Livelihoods Officer and MADE51 project lead, Matthew Saltmarsh, Senior External Relations Officer (previously UNHCR spokesperson for Syria and Iraq), and Tom Elvidge, Chief Operating Officer, EMEA, WeWork
  • Drinks reception
  • Exhibition of MADE51, UNHCR's refugee-made artisanal product range
  • Live music performances by a young Syrian musician, Kareem Ghali
  • Food from around the world by refugee chefs

Want to make a difference? Come along to see the launch of a new global crowdfunding campaign that will help artisan refugees access new markets and supply the world's first-ever refugee-made homestore - coming soon to London.

UNHCR and WeWork invite you to join this special celebration, which marks World Refugee Day.