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Hull Refugee Week 2013

Hull Refugee Week 2013

15th to 23rd June 2013

Schedule of Events

All events are free unless otherwise stated


Anthem for Hull 2013: Welcoming the World

Date: Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June

Join Hull Freedom Chorus to learn and record a special celebration song for Hull 2013 ‘Welcoming the World’. In this workshop, led by exciting composer and singer Helen Chadwick, you will be taught this specially composed music, which will be performed as part of the City’s cultural celebrations at various events in 2013.

If you would like to be involved please sign up online at:
or phone City Arts on 01482 300300

BBC Radio Humberside Introducing… A Refugee Week Special

Date: Saturday 15th June (8pm to 10pm)

Alan Raw presents a special edition of Introducing which will feature tracks and interviews from many of the artists that have performed at Hull Refugee Week over the past 10 years. The show will also feature a live sessions from Hekima and the Bongo Flava and The Upendo Crew.

Venue: BBC Radio Humberside (95.9 FM) / or online / DAB

The Sesh  Refugee Week Special

Date: Tuesday 18th June (8pm to 12midnight)

Dance the night away with an eclectic mix of music from some of the hottest bands in Hull

Venue: Linnet & Lark, Princes Avenue

ARKH Open Day

Date: Wednesday 19th June (11am to 2pm)

An opportunity to find out about the work of this vital support service and the communities that use it whilst sampling the best in home cooked food from the Middle East and Africa

Venue: ARKH, 22/23 Albion Street.

My Ancestors Were French

Date: Wednesday 19th June (workshop @ 2.30pm, gig @ 7pm)

My Ancestors were French-music , art and poetry telling of a journey to a new land; a story of love and loss, persecution and a new beginning, inspired by folk tales of the small alpine Primula auricular and its 16th century journey to England with the Huguenot refugees. Exploring the modern day experiences of new settlers today. What does it feel like to be a stranger in a strange land? Part of the Heritage Lottery Funded All Our Stories scheme , in support of BBC2’s ‘The Great British Story-A People’s History’

Venue: Creator College, 6-8 King Edward St Workshop

A Refugee Celebration:

Date: Thursday 20th June (10am to 6pm)

Open Doors & British Red Cross invite you to find out a little bit more about refugees in Hull and the issues they face over a cup of tea and some delicious food. There will also be information, music and film screenings and much more at this informal drop-in.

Venue: Prince’s Avenue Methodist Church

200 years of Migration in Hull: a talk with Rob Bell

Date: Thursday 20th June at 6.30pm

Esteemed poet Rob Bell will talk about his upcoming project Reaching for the Land of Green Ginger, a new collection of poems that explores the 2 million people who passed through Hull on there way to a better life.

Venue: Cottingham Library, Market Green HU16 5QG

Afro-Soukous (feat. Jeannot Bel)

Date: Thursday 20th June (7.30pm)

Featuring legendary Soukous guitarist Jeannot Bel, Afro-Soukous is a collective of some of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s finest exponents of Soukous and Rumba music. The musicians honed their unique style in the dance clubs of the capital city of Kinshasa and have since gone on to tour the world and play with many leading artists such as Kanda Bongo Man and Papa Wemba. The word Soukous in translation means to ‘shake’ and this high-energy music is an explosive fusion of sweet African electric guitars , soulful vocals and infectious Cuban dance grooves.

Venue: Pave, Princes Avenue

Cost: £10.00 Tickets available from Pave 01482 333181


Spaceship To Mars: Mythbusting Workshop – (16-25 year olds)

Date: Friday 21st June (1pm-3pm)

An informal workshop about the asylum process taking participants to Mars so that they can make their own asylum claim (led by ARKH). This will be followed by some music and refreshments.

Venue: The Warren Young People’s Project, Queen’s Dock Ave, Hull City Centre

Moving To Mars: Film Screening-(16-25 year olds)

Date: Friday 21st June (4pm-6pm)

Following the Spaceship To Mars Mythbusting Workshop, the award winning film ‘Moving to Mars’ shows the journey of two families from Burma seeking refuge in Sheffield. The event will conclude with a post film discussion and more refreshments.

Venue: The Warren Young People’s Project, Queen’s Dock Ave, Hull City Centre


Hull Community Voices Refugee Week Special

Date: Saturday 22nd June (10.30am to 12 noon)

An opportunity to sing a version of 1 or 2 traditional songs with this established community choir.

Venue: Artlink, Prince’s Avenue

Cost: £5, £4 concesstions, £1 under 16 (if accompanied by an adult)



Date: Saturday 22nd June (am/lunch)

A mix of stalls with displays, films showing on laptops, short performances, roaming reporters consulting with the public, children’s art activity and free tea available so people can have a drink and a chat.  Live music will include Upendo Crew, Hope Choir, Farid Warthilus, Cecil Jones and more.

Venue: St Stephen’s Shopping Centre


Reaching for the Land of Green Ginger

Date: Sunday 23rd June

From 1830 to 1914 over 2 million people moved through Hull from Europe for a better life in the Americas; Australasia or South Africa. Most were passing through but many stayed on. This is their story told in poems written and read by Rob Bell with Graham Hamilton and Norah Hanson. Music is by Hull’s own the Hillbilly Troupe, Jody McKenna and Hase Waits.

The performance will take place:

At Fruit: Reaching for the Land of Green Ginger, Arriving in Hull. From 13:00 to 15:00.

At Paragon Station: Strolling to New York, departing Hull. From 16:00 to 17:00.


Show & Tell

A participatory art project that will capture stories from Hull’s Refugee communities through striking images and moving words.  The final workshop will be held at ARKH’s Open Day on Wednesday 19th June.

The images produced will be shown at Refugee Week events throughout the week.

 Colour programme avaiable here: HRW2013_Programme


Comments on: "Hull Refugee Week 2013" (6)

  1. DANTO AIYYA Imidiwen (Desert Nomad Girl Blues)

    Hi we’re agents for Danto Aiyya performing Sat 25th Queens Gdns. Could you please use this VIMEO link to his music video rather than the the YouTube link that you’ve posted on your programme. Please forward to other media outlets for the festival too
    Thanks & kind regards


    • Thanks for the new link, Tony.

      We’d prefer to show a video of a live performance for each of the artists who are booked for Refugee Week as this gives an indication of what people might expect to see at Queen’s Gardens. Do you have any links to live performances that both yourselves and DANTO AIYYA Imidiwen are OK with us sharing?

      In the meantime, we’ll use the link you have provided; but we’d still prefer a live performance.


  2. Hi guys I very much enjoyed the good fellowship and beautiful music on the World Goes Local Stage at Beverley Folk Festival- it was good to see friendships and understandings developing from different folklore and it was right that the stories and experiences of people searching for refuge from oppression could be heard in the heart of English Folk tradition.
    Andrew Sugden

  3. Thank u for the event which was massive,hello Paul u askin abut the link of videos, are u gone be in charge to edite it or u need the videos which as been edited already??/

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