The theme of Refugee Week 2020 is “imagine” – and who could have imagined that we would be marking it this year in the midst of a lockdown caused by a global pandemic? We have had to shelve all our plans and get busy with our partners putting together an exciting virtual festival to celebrate Brighton & Hove’s refugees and migrants.
Here’s what’s coming up…
Message in a bottle, 13th June
SEAS, the Socially Engaged Art Salon, are launching the week with the online opening of their new interactive exhibition commemorating lives lost crossing the Mediterranean sea. Photographer and activist Jane Lancashire has been collecting messages of hope and solidarity on plastic bottles and melting the pieces to create what will eventually be a unique multi-media installation at the SEAS studio. For the moment, the project will be virtual – find out more here.
‘Imagine’ with Ambigo, 15th June
Join Ambigo to hear speakers from refugee backgrounds exchanging their stories of achieving a goal. The second half of the chat will be people from the wider community including Refugee Week Ambassador, Phati Mnguni. It will be live on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Details will be posted here soon.
Best Foot Music celebrate Refugee Week, 18th June
Join Brighton’s Best Foot Music for an evening of music from around the world. Here’s the line-up so far:
- Jamal & Alaa (Syrian music)
- Bashir Al Gamar (Sudanese)
- Polina & Merlin Shepherd (Russian/Jewish folk)
Here’s a taster of Jamal & Alaa.
Tune in here on Thursday 18th June 7.30pm for the performances.
No Direction Home comedy night, 19th June
Join Sanctuary on Sea in partnership with Counterpoint Arts for an evening of comedy with refugee and migrant comics! (Details to come).
It’s competition time!
Can you write 50 words on the the theme of ‘imagine’ for Refugee Week? Jubilee library are running this flash fiction challenge and entries are welcome from anyone, all ages! Submit your entry to [email protected] by 20 June.
To get involved, drop us a line at [email protected]