Birmingham Refugee Week 2021

Birmingham Refugee Week 2021

CSB are excited for the opportunity to start bringing people back together, live and in person through Refugee Week. We will be presenting our World Music & Arts Festival from 14th - 20th June, including a live and online programme of events and creative content.

We are working with some amazing artists this year, with live performances from Didier Kisala (DRC), Germa Adan (Haiti), Nifeco Costa (Guinea Bissau), Kausary (Peru) and Bumi Thomas (Scotland / Nigeria). We have live “socially distanced” events at Centrala on 17th and Mac on 19th June, presented by TV, Film and Theatre actor Patrice Naiambana (Sierra Leone).

We have some exciting commissions to share with you by featured artists including: A live recorded performance by Kadialy Kouyate (Senegal), An original short film by Patrice Naiambana, A new painting by Eddy Aigbe (Nigeria), A workshop and performance by Rihab Azar (Syria), Spoken word and art by Ahmed Magare (Somalia), plus new music from Nifeco Costa, Germa Adan, Millicent Chapanda (Zimbabwe), Sirius B (Latvia) and Didier Kisala.   Find out more about our Featured Artists for 2021

See the full programme

Monday 14th June

1pm - Refugee Week Online Launch Event - find out more

Featured Artist Commissions Showcase

Tuesday 15th June

1pm – Birmingham Opera Company & CSB Online Singing Workshop - find out more

Millicent Chapanda & Mariana Rosas

Online Featured Artists – commissions & profiles 

Highlighting Commissions of new work by:

Eddy Aigbe, Patrice Naiambana, Musicians and spoken word artists

Wednesday 16th June

1pm - Rihab Azar online presentation and workshop - find out more

8pm - Emerging Artists Showcase - find out more

Thursday 17th June

1pm – Birmingham Opera Company & CSB Online Singing Workshop

Sherry Fatemi & Mariana Rosas

8.30pm Live Event – Centrala – Didier Kisala (Doors 7.30pm) - find out more

Friday 18th June

Online Featured Artists – commissions & profiles

Highlighting Commissions of new work by:

Eddy Aigbe, Patrice Naiambana, Musicians and spoken word artists

6.30pm - Live Event - Erdington Evening of Creativity – Oikos Cafe (Event will be livestreamed) - find out more

Community Performances

Millicent Chapanda

Hassan Salih Nour

Limited Audience - Event will be livestreamed

Saturday 19th June

Live Event - In partnership with Mac - find out more

Refugee Week at Mac – Outdoor Arena 1- 6pm

Event 1 – 1-3pm (limited seating - admission between 12.30-1pm)

Patrice Naiambana

Community Performances

Germa Adan

Nifeco Costa & Babock Djazz

Event 2 - 4-6pm (limited seating – addmission between 3.30-4pm)

Patrice Naiambana

Community Performances


Bumi Thomas

Sunday 20th June

3pm – Online Finale Event – Performance by Kadialy Kouyate - find out more

Featured Artists - Watch again

Monday 21st June

5-8pm - Live Event - “Voices From The Front Line” - Book Launch event

Cafe Sol @ The Warehouse Cafe

Partnership with Baobab Women's group book launch

Performance from Millicent Chapanda

Refugee Week 2021 - You Cannot Walk Alone

There is a moment in Martin Luther King’s historic ‘I have a dream’ speech when he turns his attention to the White people who, realising their destiny and that of their Black fellow citizens was intertwined, joined in the movement for equal rights. “They have come to realise that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom,” he said…… “We cannot walk alone.”

This year for Refugee Week we will be reflecting this message - people from different communities and causes coming together to show support. Standing together and walking together with refugees. There will be a series of Community Engagement projects with creative activities and community walks across the city.

Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham (CSB)

CSB is a diverse music and arts organisation with a mission to support, develop and celebrate refugee and migrant artists, and to engage through community projects with refugees and asylum seekers. Formed in 2002, CSB delivers 3 strands of work: World Music Events & Refugee Week Festival; Artist Development with refugee and migrant artists; Community Engagement with refugees and asylum seekers. This event is a regular partnership with Mac in support of Refugee Week, to celebrate the contribution and resilience of refugees.

Supported By ACE