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Celebrating Sanctuary Festival

@ mac birmingham

25th June 2011 11am - 8pm

A Celebration of National Refugee Week


11am - 5pm Celebrating Sanctuary Information Point Freshwinds: Information and film display Birmingham is Our Home exhibition


Live Music 1pm - 8pm timings are approximate 1pm - Afro Mio

Stunning vocal harmonies backed by rhythmic melodies that reflect the warmth and passion of Africa. Featuring Fidele Ndombasi, Ben Pathy and Mitshou Kokiakaka.

3pm - Krar Collective

Funky, raw and subtle - an “Ethiopian music gem”. So says Andy Morgan, the former manager of Tinariwen. And we think he’s spot on.

4.30pm - CASCA

This drum and choir ensemble demonstrate traditional call-and-response harmonies over a vibrant, complex beat. Communication and entertainment all in one!

5pm - drum workshop with Steve Yimga. Sign up at the information point

6:15pm - Dreemz

This youth choir has gone from strength to strength since their impressive appearance in BBC’s Last Choir Standing.

7pm - Daholl Kurdish Ensemble

Led by violinist and percussionist Zirak Hamad, Daholl is a Kurdish band playing a lively blend of Middle Eastern popular and traditional music.

THE HUB 11am - 5pm

Free Entry

Afgan Action display. Restore project: children’s activity and quiz for adults. 2pm - 5pm

Free Entry

Kite making workshop with Mohammed Fahim. Drop in and learn how to make an Afgan-style kite.


1pm - The Visitor (cert. 15)

£4 - bookings at Sales & Information

Preceded by short films by SMILE and Refugee Action. A college professor returns to his apartment in New York to find it occupied by two young illegal immigrants. (Viewers may be interested in the related discussion in the Foyle Studio at 5pm)

Celebrating Sanctuary Festival FOYLE STUDIO

3pm - Writers Without Borders

Free Entry

Music, poetry and drama with Birmingham’s global writing collective.

Featuring Steve Yimga (African drums); performance poetry; and a new play by Barbara Peterson (Dir. Mike Kalenkerian). Compère: Rebbecca Hemmings.

5pm - Discussion: Music & Asylum

Free Entry

With Tariq Hamid Majid, Zirak Hamad and Howard Ndlovu. Chaired by Dave Stamp.

In the UK, we take freedom of expression pretty much for granted. But is it the same all over the world? Join us as we explore with 3 refugee musicians the ways in which artists’ and musician’s freedom of expression is limited across the world; what drives musicians to seek asylum; and what happens when they try to seek sanctuary in a safe haven. How much does the UK really value freedom of expression? And how easy is it for musicians to integrate into the Birmingham music scene?

For more info about the Celebrating Sanctuary world music festival, go to: Facebook: Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham (group) Tel: 07989 847 818

Refugee Week Celebration Event 25/06/2011  

Celebrating Sanctuary Refugee Week Celebration event at MAC 25th June 2011

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