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Refugee Week Festival 2018

Refugee Week Festival 2018 17th – 23rd June 2018

Check out the full Birmingham event list for Refugee Week

Sfestival flyer fbunday 17th June – Ikon Gallery Migrant Festival 3-5.30pm

Wednesday 20th June Ikon Gallery & Slow Boat
Meet the Artists
Private Show & Exhibition Launch
Performances by Kadialy Kouyate – 5.30 – 6pm – Slow Boat 8-8.40pm -Yorks Cafe – Ikon

 

Thursday 21st June (12-4pm)
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Refugee Week Birthday Event
Partnership with Near Neighbours
Writers Without Borders
Millicent Chapanda & Anna Mudeka
Afro Mio (Trio)

Friday 22nd June:

5-7pm Jazzlines – Rush Hour Blues – Tony Dudu & Gumbe Jazz

8-10.30 – Ort Cafe – 8.20pm Didier Kissala – 9.20pm Tony Dudu & Gumbe Jazz

Saturday 23rd June – Refugee Week event at MAC (12-6.30pm)


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Celebrating Sanctuary is Hiring

Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham is Ready…..

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Celebrating Sanctuary is delighted to announce that due to our recent, successful funding bids, we shall be bringing you more great music and arts over the coming 18 months. We would like to thank Arts Council and Near Neighbours for their support with our activities.

Also we are expanding our staff team and have created 2 new posts.

Production Manager (P/T)

Trainee Programme Assistant (P/T)

To download more information and details of how to apply please visit our facebook page

 

 

 


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New for 2018

bcmgA New Partnership for 2018

 

Come and hear the results of BCMG musicians working with The People’s Orchestra as part of a national Festival of Contemporary Music for All. This biannual festival encourages non-professional musicians to perform new music and commissions pieces written especially for those players.

The central piece in the programme will be the world premiere of I am Swimming by Nigel Osborne. Nigel is a recipient of many awards both for his music and for his humanitarian work in areas of conflict. Most recently he won the British Composer Award for Inspiration at the BASCA 2017 British Composer Awards. I am Swimming is a 30 minute work, with accompanying film, that charts the journey of a refugee using the words of child refugees that Nigel has met and worked with through his work with SAWA, a charity in Lebanon working with Syrian refugees. We are delighted that Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham will be supporting this event and joining us for a discussion on the wider issues Nigel’s piece raises.

Also in the programme will be a clutch of other new commissions including works by George Lewis, Jack White and Ailís Ní Ríain composed especially for the festival.

Tickets £5 from Eventbrite – click here to buy now

 

Saturday 3 March 2018, 8pm
CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF

Dan Watson conductor
Suzie Purkis mezzo-soprano
The People’s Orchestra

Programme includes:

George Lewis Arcades
Ailís Ní Ríain Seálan
Jack White Hummingbird
Nigel Osborne I Am Swimming

In Partnership with: : Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham, CoMA, The People’s Orchestra, BCMG


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Celebrating Sanctuary Festival 2017@ MAC

Redeemed 3 medCelebrating Sanctuary Festival 2017

Saturday 17th June
1pm – 6.30pm

MAC Birmingham

Cannon Hill Park

Birmingham B12 9QH

After months of fundraising and many setbacks we can now confirm that our Refugee Week Festival will go ahead this year. Its very short notice, but please come along and support us, we can’t celebrate without you!

To mark the start of Refugee Week 2017, we will be holding a FREE event for all the family, with live music, spoken word, workshops, stalls and activities. Come on down and join us for a great day out!

Running Order
1pm – 2pm – Hexagon Theatre
Spoken Word and Music – Writers Without Borders with Apha & Dan (from Afro Mio)

2.00pm – 6.30pm – Main Stage (Courtyard or Terrace Gallery if raining)
2.00pm – Nifeco Costa – originally from Guinea Bissau, brings sweet melodious sounds with a groove to make you move!
3.30pm – Afro Mio – from Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and UK – a harmonious blend of rich vocals borne on a wave of rhythmic conga and melodious African guitar and Cora.
4.30pm – Workshop (details to be confirmed)
5.30pm – The Redeemed – hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, create a consummate stage show of music, dance and movement. The Redeemed perform with vibrant energy and the highest artistic quality to create a musical and visual delight, guaranteed to get people dancing!

Stalls and activities in The Foyer


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The Redeemed & Nifeco Costa @ The Edge

The Redeemed & Nifeco Costa @ The Edge

Saturday 3rd December

The Edge

79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, 

Birmingham, ,B12 0QH

7.30pm

Entry only £5 !!!!!

Join us for our end of year party with 2 great local bands, guaranteed to get you dancing!!!

 

The Redeemed

Redeemed 3 medThe Redeemed create a consummate stage show of music, dance and movement – the word ‘band’ cannot come close to defining them. A Birmingham- based group, the majority of The Redeemed hail from the Democratic Republic of Congo and their music reflects their heritage and a broad range of influences, including Rumba, Sebene, Zouk, Jazz, Gospel and more.

The Redeemed were founded by Didier kisala, who united young musicians who were passionate about music. They decided to work together and have now developed into the group they are today. The Redeemed create something different, playing typical Congolese Gospel music fused with different styles.

The Redeemed perform with the highest artistic quality and create a musical and visual delight.

Nifeco Costa

Nfeco Costa picNifeco is a Guine-Bissau/Portuguese musician who very early drank the traditional sounds of his homeland, which later led him to found the musical band “Mini Cobi” participating in 1987 at the Festival no Pintcha held in Bissau, where he stood out as a Revelation Artist. This resulted in the recording of some songs on the National Broadcasting Studio of Guine-Bissau (RDN). In 1993 Nifeco launched his first solo album, Saudadi, under the seal of Gravison publisher and in 1997 he participated in the 1st Gumbe Festival in Paris.  2007 –He recorded the Album “BKO Biak” in 2007 and is the author of two discographic works, recorded and launched in Lisbon.

He has participated in various festivals in Europe, Africa and USA, and made television appearances on RTP programs, TVI, SIC in Portugal. Since oving to the UK he has formed the band “Babock jazz”.


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Reem Kelani @ The Red Lion

Celebrating Sanctuary & Birmingham Jazz

Present - Reem Kelani

At The Red Lion, Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter, B18 6NG

Friday 28th October 7.30pm

Entry £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5

To book tickets please click here:

“The stunning voice of Reem Kelani…..has all the individualised inflection and passion a jazz fan could wish for.” Jazz Journal

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Reem Kelani, the Palestinian singer, musician and musicologist is one of the most enthralling and innovative performers of Palestinian and Arabic music, as well as being a dynamic and courageous bandleader. She has led major tours with her band to Germany, Syria, Turkey, China, and the US. Her music mixes Palestinian and Arabic roots with jazz influences.

Reem’s two albums “Reem Kelani: Live at the Tabernacle” (2016) and “Sprinting Gazelle: Palestinian Songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora” (2006) have earned outstanding plaudits from across the world.

In the past year, Reem has performed as a soloist in Sir Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater at the Royal Albert Hall, as has she given singing workshops to women-only groups in Bradford and Sheffield.

For her set at the Red Lion Birmingham, Reem will be accompanied by a first class trio of Birmingham born, Bruno Heinen, on piano, Birmingham educated Ryan Trebilcock on double bass, and fellow Manchester born Jon Scott on drums.


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Kadialy Kouyate @ MAC

Friday 7th October

Celebrating Sanctuary in partnership with MAC Birmingham

Present Kadialy Kouyate Trio

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7.30pm  

Tickets £10 (£8)

To book tickets please click here

 

 Get into the West African groove with Kadialy Kouyate and his ensemble. Musician and singer-songwriter Kouyaté and his Sound Archive ensemble take inspiration from West Africa’s griot tradition of oral storytellers, poets and musicians, and from the musical culture of the Mandinka people.

Kouyate was born into a long line of griots in Southern Senegal. The inheritor of a traditional style of singing and kora playing, he has performed across the UK for the last decade.

Since his arrival in the UK Kadialy has played a significant part in enriching the London musical scene with his griot legacy. He has been teaching the Kora at Soas university of London for the last decade and he has also been involved in countless musical projects both as a collaborator and a session musician

 

 


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TwoMan Ting @ Hemyock Road

Celebrating Sanctuary and

Hemyock Road Productions present

TwoMan Ting

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Saturday 20th August

Weoley Hill Village Hall

7.30-10.30pm

Tickets £10/£8 

Call 07789 933131 or email: peacockangellrecords@gmail.com

TwoMan Ting is the second gig from Hemyock Road Productions and is being put on as part of the Celebrating Sanctuary Festival in Birmingham. TwoManTing was formed in 2004, when Jon Lewis and Jah-man Aggrey were working together in world/dance band Le Cod Afrique, performing at the likes of WOMAD, Montreux Jazz Festival and Glastonbury. The essence of their live show are Jon’s bouncy African guitar licks, live looped to create a full band sound, complemented by Jah’s djembe beats, and meaningful and witty lyrics, sung in Krio – his native tongue from Sierra Leone. They have two well received albums out “Legacy” and “Say What,” both featuring their infectious mix of reggae, jazz and world music.


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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

9-1am  

£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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Refugee Week Events

REFUGEE WEEK EVENTS


Didier - mediumFriday 24th June

Didier Kisala @ Jazzlines
Symphony Hall Foyer – Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA
5pm – FREE ENTRY – Donations welcome

Didier 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.

All donations go towards supporting our activities with asylum seekers and refugee communities

 
Redeemed 3 medSaturday 25th June
CSB Festival @ Centrala
Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RT
3pm – 8pm – FREE Event for all the family

 

 
• The Long Journey Home – Story telling presentation
Long Journey Home is a year-long multilingual Arts Council-funded true-life storytelling project. It is a platform for first-generation migrants to recount their stories and experiences of settling in the West Midlands and making it home. This afternoon’s stories will be told by students from St. Chad’s Sanctuary who have lived in Birmingham from a few months to a few years.

• Zvinora
Zvinoera African Blues is a Zimbabwean band based in Walsall, a new project from Zimbabwean poet and mbira player Stewart Kunaka.

Nifeco Costa
Nifeco Costa is a musician from Guine-Bissau, who from an early age drank the traditional sounds of his homeland. In 1993 Nifeco launched his first solo album, Saudadi, and in 1997 he participated in the 1st Gumbe Festival in Paris, and has gone on to record much more. He has participated in various festivals in Europe, Africa and USA, and made numerous television appearances. Since moving to the UK he has formed the band “Babock jazz”.

• Music and Spoken Word with musicians from The Redeemed and Writers Without Borders
A Birmingham-based writers group from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Some have lived in the UK for many years and others have arrived in the country quite recently. The group includes professional, semi-professional, new and emerging writers. Poets will work with musicians from The Redeemed to present new collaborations of spoken word and music.

• The Redeemed
A Birmingham- based group, hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They create a consummate stage show of music, dance and movement. Including singers, guitarists, dancers and drums, their music reflects their heritage and a broad range of influences, including Rumba, Sebene, Zouk, Jazz, Gospel and more. The Redeemed were founded by Didier kisala, who united young musicians who were passionate about music. The Redeemed have performed in many variations for different events and venues, ranging from the full line up to smaller ensembles, creating a beautiful and soulful performance suited to smaller venues. They perform with the highest artistic quality and create a musical and visual delight, guaranteed to get people dancing.

• World Beat Rhythms from DJ Glyn Philips

With face painting, food and drinks stalls, activities for children and information stalls
Come and join us to make this a great event!

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