Durham for Refugees Festival will be returning for it’s second year for a day of music, drama and spoken word from a range of artists. It will take place on Saturday 15th June 1:30 – 10pm at St Chad’s College in Durham. The festival is organised by the student group Durham for Refugees and returns following a sold-out event last year.
The lineup includes ‘The Crossings’, a lively world music band familiar to the festival, and the rock band Caylon. The Syrian refugee choir ‘Stories of Sanctuary’ are also set to perform at the festival as part of their UK tour. Supporting acts include the acapella group Northern Lights, and The Funkhouse Collective.
Beth Anderson, who is organising the group as part of Durham for Refugees, says “The event will be fun, but equally informative, as powerful theatre performances highlight some of the difficulties faced by refugees.
“The national theatre group Ice & Fire will be performing ‘This Is Who I Am’, a series of verbatim Monolgues from LGBT+ refugees and asylum seekers about their experiences in their home countries and their journeys to safety.
“Closer to home, York’s White Tree Theatre bring us ‘The Castaways’, a one woman play imaging a flooded United Kingdom causing camps of displaced people.There will also be a number of talks from specialists on refugee issues, from one man’s experiences of seeking sanctuary in Durham to an insight on education work in camps in Myanmar. A panel discussion will focus on the situation in the North East and what we can do to help, with speakers from political, voluntary and faith backgrounds offering their insights.”
Elizabeth Watts who attended last year and is now involved in organising this year’s festival says “The festival was such a fun day last year and it was great to see so many different people come together. We’ve got a fantastic lineup this year. I can’t wait!”
Taking place on Saturday 15th June, the festival comes the weekend before the UK’s Refugee Week. Durham for Refugees Festival is raising money for Help Refugees.
Tickets start at just £6, with sanctuary seekers and under 12s receiving free tickets.
Photos sourced from the Durham for Refugees Facebook page.