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Festival 2015

The Celebrating Sanctuary Festival of world music and arts runs every June in Birmingham!

Refugee Week

Refugee Week

This is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contributions that refugees make to the UK. Find out more



Celebrating Sanctuary supports and is supported by a range of musicians and other artists from different backgrounds. Read more

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Mid-Summer Muzikstan

Muzikstan Midsummer FestivalSaturday 2nd July

Mid-Summer Muzikstan – with Celebrating Sanctuary

Culture Dub Orchestra – featuring guest singer Didier Kisala

Afro Mio plus DJ’s

The Old Print Works

506 Moseley Rd, Birmingham B12 9AH


£10 on the door

cdo band photoCulture Dub Orchestra

Culture Dub Orchestra are a World Roots Dub band based in the Midlands, with influences from parts of the globe.  With dub firmly at the core; CDO explores a range of cultures, religions, backgrounds and musical styles. A heavy roots drum and bass section (crucial to the true dub sound) is coloured by a variety of instruments and sounds adding eastern flavours.  Although at the core CDO are an instrumental band they will often feature guest vocalists from varied musical backgrounds.


Didier - mediumDidier Kisala

Didier Kisala is the founder member of Birmingham based Congolese band The Redeemed, regulars to Celebrating Sanctuary events.  He also performs with a smaller ensemble to create a beautiful and soulful performance. Didier was recently involved in a British Red Cross project, to release a ground-breaking concept album based on the real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers, in collaboration with artists such as Robert Plant and Scoobious Pip.


Ben IKON 2 medAfro Mio

Afro Mio is a harmonious blend of rich vocals borne on a wave of rhythmic conga, melodious African guitar and kora.  Charming, engaging and beautiful, this is music to enrich the soul.  Founder member Ben Pathy, is a singer, author and composer from Angola, specialising in traditional African music, Rumba, Soukous, Kizomba and Salsa.

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