A selection of the online performances taking place across the UK for Refugee Week 2021. For full listings, visit the Events Calendar.
Meduulla and Imperial War Museum, with Counterpoints Arts
14 June (online release)
A spoken word piece by Meduulla, an emerging Zimbabwean-born artist, poet and rapper, raised in Manchester, considering the legacy of the conflict in Zimbabwe on young people today. The project has been supported by Manchester-based artist mandla rae during their placement at IWM as part of the Refugee Week Leadership Project.
HOME? Curated by Noma Dumezweni
The Old Vic
A series of world premiere monologues curated by actor and child refugee Noma Dumezweni for Refugee Week 2021. The three commissions, written by Dina Nayeri, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Natasha Walter, celebrate and recognise those who have sought safety from their homes, their place within our collective community and the journey that it took to get there. Available to watch on YouTube throughout Refugee Week.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson: Performance at the V&A
Singer, songwriter, cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a rare exception to the rule that classical and alternative r&b music cannot successfully coexist. Head to the Refugee Week Facebook page for a streaming of three tracks performed by Ayanna Witter-Johnson from the V&A’s Ancient Silver and Stained Glass Gallery, for Refugee Week 2021.
North West Turkish Community Association Dance Group
Horizons Festival 2021
Online video presentation from North West Turkish Community Association Dance Group performing folk dances from different parts of Turkey.
An Evening with an Immigrant
Littered with poems, stories, and anecdotes, poet and playwright Inua Ellams tells his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, experiencing prejudice and friendship in Dublin, performing solo at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.
Sun Up, Rain Falls, River Rises
Phosphoros Theatre with Mira Siegel and Pickle Illustrations
An opportunity to engage with a beautiful audio experience whilst out and about or exercising in your local area. Three audio narratives written by Phosphoros Theatre will transport you to different settings around the globe, allowing a glimpse into the memories of each writer. Three new compositions by Mira Siegel accompany each narrative, and posters are by Pickle Illustrations.
لا يمكننا أن نمشي وحدنا :عرض أسبوع اللاجئ باللغة العربية
Refugee Week and Iraqi Women Art and War
15 June, 7pm
Comedy, Arts, Community
انضموا إلينا للاستمتاع بالكوميديا ، والأداء ، والأعمال الفنية ، والمحادثات في هذا الحدث عبر الإنترنت باللغة العربية في أسبوع اللاجئ. We Cannot Walk Alone: Refugee Week showcase in Arabic, featuring comedy, theatre, artwork and magic! Ages 16+
Listen to the World
St Ethelburga’s Centre with Counterpoints Arts
15 June, 6.30pm-8pm, St. Ethelburga’s Centre, London
An evening with Scottish Nigerian singer-songwriter Bumi Thomas and vocalist and kerar player Ibrahim Fanous to mark Refugee Week and launch ‘Listen to the World’ – a place where the musical traditions and talents of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers find a home among local artists. This is a hybrid event – join online or in person at St Ethelburga’s Centre.
Launch of Lockdown EP & Refugee Week Concert
Citizens of the World Choir
16 June, 8pm
Hear tracks from Citizens of the World Choir very first EP created on their phones and laptops during winter lockdown, as well as live music sung by the Choir to welcome summer at their Refugee Week 2021 Concert. Introduced by actress and choir patron Emily Watson O.B.E, the concert will also have a Q&A with composer Tom Donald.
Nanjing – Performing Forgiveness
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations and Tamara Moore
16 June, 7pm
Coventry-born writer and director Jude Christian’s acclaimed play Nanjing explores themes of identity, displacement and conflict in a personal response to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre. It has been reconceived for 2021 as a piece of digital theatre with integral discussion. Online film + Q&A – see website for details of in-person events. Part of Coventry Welcomes 2021.
Migrants Organise x Gate Theatre
16 June – 16 July
A digital exhibition in honour of Refugee Week 2021 featuring art, podcasts, short films, and creative writing, created in a series of workshops with Migrants Organise. It is a personal and moving celebration of identity, connection, creativity, activism and voices whose stories are rarely told.
Up Close with Rihab Azar
Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham
16 June, 1pm
Syrian oud player and music educator Rihab Azar shares stories about her music and it influences, gives a beautiful performance and finishes off with a short workshop.
Out of the Woods: New Plays from the Balkans
Tamasha, Intent New Theatre and Miran Hadžić with Counterpoints Arts.
Fresh, funny and provocative new audio dramas from writers in Europe’s newest countries, presented as ‘gathered listening’ events on Zoom.
Music Action International and Compass Collective
17 June, 7pm
Join Leila, Omar, Espoir and young refugees for an interactive music session exploring beats, tunes and showcasing the music video of the track they’ve been busy making online, inspired by this year’s Refugee Week theme: ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’. Followed by a short Q&A with the young people. Part of Migration Matters Festival.
I See My Ghost Coming From Afar
Seenaryo with Counterpoints Arts
19 June, 7pm – 9pm
Taking its name from the poem by Palestinian writer Mahmoud Darwish, I See My Ghost Coming From Afar is a physical theatre production devised by young Palestinian & Lebanese actors. Following an online streaming of the performance, the cast will be speaking to a group of young people in Germany, exploring themes around gender and sexuality.
She Cannot Walk Alone
Laura Nyahuye & Maokwo.
20 June, 6.30pm
Coventry is reclaiming its streets. This exhibition and event turns the spotlight on the streets of Coventry and what they look like through the lenses of a woman seeking refuge /a refugee/ an asylum seeker. How do we walk with her? #lAmHer #SheCannotWalkAlone
Return of Danton
20 June, 7pm
Livestream of Return of Danton, a new play by Syrian playwright Mudar Alhaggi and directed by Omar Elerian. Written and performed in Arabic, the play is a contemporary exploration of how the dynamics of political revolutions – from the French Revolution to the Arab Spring – can be reflected within the politics of the rehearsal room. Followed by a panel discussion. Part of Shubbak Festival and co-presented by Counterpoints Arts.
Featured image: I See My Ghost Coming From Afar, Seenaryo