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Bristol Refugee Festival

When: 6th – 20th June 2021

Where: Across Bristol

What: The annual festival celebrating sanctuary in Bristol

“We cannot walk alone, let’s walk together” is the theme of this year’s festival, a poignant theme after a year of lockdowns. This year, the festival is hosting a series of live and online events, whilst also encouraging people to celebrate sanctuary locally. As the usual event in Queens Square cannot take place, you can instead have your own small get together and celebrate sanctuary on a local level. For resources and information on how to do this, please click here

Click here to view a programme of the festival.

Babel – You Can’t Grow Melons in the UK

When: 23rd and 24th June, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Acta Theatre, Gladstone Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 3AY

What: A theatre performance by Rapport, Acta’s international theatre company. 

What happens when a seed is sown in our soil? Does it grow roots, or do existing crops stop it from flourishing? Rapport present an original story about fitting into a new community whilst retaining your own culture and identity. They can offer free tickets and free transport to and from the theatre in order to enable anyone to attend. 

For more information and to buy your tickets, please text/call Clare on 07946 415167 or by emailing [email protected]

Sounds of Sudan: Nabra + Ligeti Quartet

When: 10th July 2021, 7:30pm

Where: St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, BS1 5RR

What: A collaboration between oud duo Nabra and the Ligeti String Quartet

“Sounds of Sudan is an exciting, brand new collaboration between the Bristol based oud duo Nabra and one of the UK’s leading contemporary ensembles the Ligeti String Quartet. They’ll be journeying through the different regions of Sudan – Khartoum, Omdurman, Darfur – weaving new arrangements inspired by the rich musical culture of the country: traditional Sufi music, popular artists such as Abdel Gadir Salim and Nour Al Jilani, the evocative rhythms and scales of the region. This will be a magical, transporting experience brought to you by an innovative combination of virtuoso players.”

For more information and to buy your tickets, please click here.

Sponsored Walk for Sanctuary Transport Fund

When: 14th August 2021

Where: Route TBC

What: A sponsored walk around Bristol to raise money for Bristol City of Sanctuary’s Transport Fund

On the 14th of August, Bristol Defend Asylum Seekers Campaign, along with others, will do a sponsored walk to raise money for our Sanctuary Transport Fund. The fund has been set up to provide free bus tickets to people seeking sanctuary, focusing on people who are destitute and those considered most vulnerable in the city. 

The walk will be around those places in Bristol that are particularly associated with
slavery and the slave trade, upon which so much of Bristol’s wealth has been built. Further details to follow, but please note that this plan is contingent on lockdown easing.

You can donate directly here, or set up a fundraiser here. If you would like more information, please email [email protected]



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