When much of the world was asked to stay at home this spring, choirs across the globe regrouped via video call, and musicians played on the roofs in Tehran. Others turned the music up in the kitchen, or sang louder in the shower. We needed to sing.

Music brings us together, and connects us to our common humanity. It open us to the hardships and joys of others, and helps us to imagine.

Discover, listen to or sing a new song this Refugee Week. A song that has crossed borders or a song in another language; a song about home, displacement, or imagining the future.

However you share a song, we want to know! Share your videos, photos or favourite tracks on social media using #ShareaSong #SimpleActs.


Refugee Week 2020 – imagine: Spotify playlist by Mohammed Yahya

The Imagine Imagine project, by Together Productions, IOM UK and I Speak Music, invites you be part of a unique music video sending a message of solidarity to those living in refugee camps around the world. You can take part by filming yourself singing, playing an instrument or percussion, dancing or sharing important moments from your daily life. To receive more information, register on the Imagine Imagine website.

Check out the Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham Youtube channel for new songs and music workshops commissioned for Refugee Week 2020

Harmonise resource with tracks, lyrics, chords and video tutorials of songs from around the world suitable for KS2 upwards, by Music Action International

Songs written and recorded by people in immigration detention, by Music in Detention

Stories of Sanctuary, album by Sam Slatcher and the Sanctuary Seekers

Performances by Singing Our Lives, Citizens of the World Choir and Mixed up Chorus on Together Productions YouTube channel