Support Celebrating Sanctuary


2020 has been a very difficult year for everyone and has effected many sectors of society. With lockdown restrictions easing, many sectors are slowly starting to return but effects on the arts and some other sectors will continue longer. Celebrating Sanctuary have been committed to supporting refugee and migrant artists and providing creative sustenance for our followers. We have been able to reimagine aspects of our programme and deliver them online, like the recent Refugee Week Festival, which was a great success.

Community Engagement Programme

For many years Celebrating Sanctuary have developed Community Engagement and Outreach projects alongside our World Music Programme.

Our ongoing work with refugee communities and asylum seekers continues to broaden audiences and improve access and participation. This work addresses ongoing issues of isolation and community cohesion and is funded separately to our main programme. We regularly fundraise to develop and deliver this highly beneficial area of work.

To read more about our Community Engagement please visit:

Community Engagement

At present we are not able to meet in person so we are exploring different ways to stay connected with refugees and asylum seekers through our online activities. We hope that by later this year we will be able to resume some other areas of our activity.

Artist Development for Refugee Artists

Celebrating Sanctuary supports refugee artists at different stages of their careers, to develop their practice and increase their opportunities to progress within the music and arts scene of Birmingham and the UK. This involves training and development for artists at the early stages of their practice, including the opportunity to shadow and be mentored by more experienced artists. Also opportunities for artists and musicians to re-establish their careers in this country and develop networks which offer further opportunities for their progression. We support opportunities to collaborate with other artists and expand practice and repertoire.

We are continuing to offer support to artists to develop their work and practice through the preset restrictions, including recent commissions for Refugee Week 2020.

To read more about the artists we support please visit:

Featured Artists Gallery

If you would like to contribute to our Community Engagement & Artist Development Work you can make a donation at any time via the link on this page. The more donations and funding we receive enables us to support more refugees through the arts.