Guest post by Music Action International

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How does music support refugees to rebuild mental & emotional health, connect with people & find new friends?

Our Refugee Week events are led by refugees, asylum seekers, torture survivors and Roma people who find music effectively transforms their lives, rebuilds hope and helps them to connect with other people and contribute to their new communities.

From singing & songwriting sessions to theatre & puppetry, Music Action International programmes support the creative process of survivors of oppression and conflict across the globe, who seek sanctuary and stability here in the UK.

We have a stunning line up of events led by an incredible array of the finest international artists, created with love for Refugee Week 2018.  We would love to see you there!

Book tickets for all our events here:


16 June – HOME, Manchester,  2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN

22 June: Migration Matters Festival, Theatre Deli, 202 Eyre Street, Sheffield S1 4QZ


A remarkable tale of truth and hope told with beautiful handmade puppetry, physical theatre and poetry, Gone is inspired by the writing, experiences and true stories of refugee collective Stone Flowers, interwoven with their vivid, atmospheric score.

Crisis Choirs

24 June: Crisis Choirs with Seby Ntege, The Monastery, 89 Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF

Ugandan afro-soul musician Seby Ntege kicks off his UK tour with a special show collaborating with refugee choir Crisis Choirs, based at the Rainbow Haven centre in Gorton.


27 June: Harmonise LDN, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

28 June: Harmonise MCR, Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS

Our incredible international team of musicians explore culture and conflict with hundreds of children from 8 primary schools across London and Manchester. This concert will showcase traditional music from Ethiopia, DR Congo, Bosnia-Hercegovina as well as Hip-Hop, Roma and original songs written by the school children.

Book tickets for all our events here:



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