Refugee Week 2018: Thank You!

We want to say a huge thank you to all of our participants, audiences and supporters in this year’s Refugee Week, celebrating 20 years of the festival!

This was our most ambitious series of Refugee Week shows yet featuring hundreds of school children, recently arrived refugees and torture survivors through our Harmonise, Stone Flowers and Crisis Choirs programmes.

You have given me so much hope. – Audience member, Gone at Migration Matters Festival, Sheffield

Photo credit: Daniel Diaz Vera @ddvimages

The venues were packed out and our five Refugee Week events reached audiences of over 1000 people across Manchester, Sheffield and London!

It was our first time in Sheffield to a sold-out audience with puppetry, poetry and music theatre show Gone, featuring Stone Flowers and Box Tale Soup. In Manchester, the performers were also very warmly received at HOME with a standing ovation and a great turnout.

I was very moved and humbled by the performers. All the artform elements were so beautifully integrated and the genuine passion from the musicians made gave it such an edge. – Audience member, Gone at HOME, Manchester

We were honoured that Crisis Choirs joined Urgandan kora master Seby Ntege in a stunning concert set against the backdrop of the beautiful Monastery in Gorton.

Photo credit: Daniel Diaz Vera @ddvimages

The finale of Refugee Week was concluded with two special Harmonise performances featuring children from schools across Greater Manchester and London presenting concerts of original music inspired by refugees from around the world, at the South Bank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.


It really has been the most incredible experience- not just for the kids but also for all the adults. I was blown away by the performances today and I know everyone else was too. Most of the parents had tears in their eyes. – Teacher, Salusbury Primary School, one of our London participating schools


What I want to do next is make a lot more songs and perform them in front of people because I love music! – Pupil, Harmonise 2018

Take Action

The landmark 20th anniversary of Refugee Week looks to how we see our histories, present and shared futures through arts, culture and educational events. So many dedicated charities, grassroots community groups, organisations and individuals carry out urgent work to support the lives of people seeking a safe future.

With no sign of end to the catastrophic global humanitarian crisis of lives lost while seeking sanctuary and growing awareness of unjust deportations, it is clear that we still have so much more work to do. Music is a great communicator of human experiences with the power to unite communities of many backgrounds: which is why we do what we do.

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