Refugee Week in Brighton & Hove 17-23 June 2019
During Refugee Week we celebrate how people who have found sanctuary in Brighton & Hove have helped make it the exciting, vibrant and diverse city that we love. This year’s theme is “You, me and those who came before” and we are highlighting that for centuries Brighton & Hove has opened its doors to people who do not feel they belonged elsewhere. Come and join us at one of the many events organised by our partners across the city: from Refugee Radio’s photography exhibition in the Brighton Museum to cookery lessons in the Jollof cafe, from Euromernet’s Red Umbrella parade World Refugee Day to the Socially Engaged Art Salon’s exhibition “With, by & about refugees” at BMECP. Most are listed in this flyer, but more are being added all the time. For full details see the Brighton Refugee Week Facebook page.
Margaret Fingerhut World Refugee Day concert, 20 June
“Far From the Home I Love”
Acclaimed international pianist Margaret Fingerhut will perform at Brighton College, in its beautiful Sarah Abraham Recital Hall, at 7.30 on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2019. The concert be introduced by Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK.
Through music and words, Margaret tells the story of some of the many composers who were refugees because of war or persecution, or who migrated for their work. Her programme includes Chopin, Grieg, Handel, Haydn, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, and she has specially commissioned a new piece by Arian, the Kurdish Syrian composer who wrote the Refugee National Anthem for the 2016 Olympics.
Margaret is performing across the UK to raise awareness of refugees’ needs as well as to collect funds for City of Sanctuary groups. All proceeds from this concert will go to Sanctuary on Sea.
More details and tickets here.
Brighton Dome & Museum 11-4
On Sunday 23 June, come and make Ndebele dolls with artist Phati Mnguni, learn to drum with Ali Bangoura, hear Dina Nayeri read from her new book “The Ungrateful Refugee”, or taste food from Senegal and Syria.
Together is one of many events taking place across the country as part of the Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox, MP who was murdered in 2016. Jo famously believed that we have more in common than that which divides us.
People from all communities have responded to the generous offer of the Brighton Dome and Museum’s space by devising a fantastic programme of activities to bring people together: art exhibitions, drumming workshops, book readings, puppet and doll making, film screenings and table tennis.
Discussion: “You, me and those who came before”
Old Court House, 12pm
Cross the road from the Dome to the Old Court House to hear a superb line up of speakers discuss the Refugee Week theme “You, me and those who came before”. The Refugee and Migrants Self Support Group have put together a panel of activists, thinkers and human rights practitioners who will challenge conventional perceptions of migration: Syrian refugee journalist Zouhir Masri, Dr. Jacob Berkson, co-founder of Thousand 4 1000 (T4K), Dina Nayeri, author of the Ungrateful Refugee, Jerida from the All African Women Group and Hummingbird Young Leader Naqeeb Saide. The discussion will be chaired by Richard Williams from Sanctuary on Sea.
7pm Latest Music Bar
Round off the Together day at the Latest Music Bar for the Refugee Week Gig, featuring West African Fusion band Bakk Lamp Fall, Queer Anarchist Feminist duo tAngerinecAt and Sudanese oud player Bashir Al Gamar.
If you are able to make a donation to help us fund all the events we have planned during the week, the workshops we want to offer on 23 June, and transport for people who need it, please get in touch.
Use the hashtag #refugeeweekbh and tell your friends!