DESTINATION UNKNOWN: Stories From The Refugee Crisis
***TICKETS ARE NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT FOR THIS EVENT.****
We would love to accomodate everyone but afraid will only be letting in people with a ticket booked through this website on the night.
Come and join us for an evening of talks and stories from incredible individuals who have experienced the refugee crisis first hand.
Our aim is to provide an alternative, more personal perspective on the crisis. It'll be an eye opening, emotional and insightful evening.
All proceeds from the event will go to The Worldwide Tribe - a grassroots charity who are doing amazing work in camps across Europe and beyond.
Nibbles and drink will be provided (including a free G&T on arrival) and there'll also be the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes.
So come eat, drink, listen and be merry for a good cause. We can't wait to see you.
Confimed speakers include:
Author, activist and intellectual, Gulwali Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan at the age of twelve, after his father was killed in a gun battle with the US army. Smuggled into Iran, Gulwali embarked on a twelve-month odyssey across Europe, spending time in prisons, suffering hunger, cruelty, and violence. Like so many of the migrants we hear about, he endured a terrifying, life-threatening journey on a tiny boat in the Mediterranean, braved the brutality of those who should care for children, and spent a desolate month in the camp at Calais. Somehow he survived, and made it to Britain, no longer an innocent child but still a young boy alone.
Here in Britain he was fostered, went to a good school, worked hard and won a place at a top university. Gulwali was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in 2012. He wants to tell his story - to bring to life the plight of the thousands of men, women and children who risk their lives to leave behind the troubles of their homelands.
He has appeared on many national media including the BBC, itv, Channel 4 News and given a TEDx talks.
Co-founder of the World Wide Tribe. Alongside his sister Jaz, Nils’ mission at The Worldwide Tribe is to highlight the humanity behind world issues, inspire global community and leave a legacy of positive, social change. Together with his team, they use creative storytelling to bring a personal, human perspective to the issues that people want to know about, while investing in grassroots projects that make a direct difference to the lives of those in need.
Zia Fernandez Ibarreche.
Zia is a curator and external lecturer at the University of Westminster. Since moving from Bilbao to London 16 years ago, Zia has curated exhibitions for a range of high profile organisations, including the British Museum and the V&A. She says of herself ‘I am not a humanitarian’ but as a migrant she was so moved by the refugee crisis that she now volunteers at a camp in Greece and for peacemaking NGO International Alert. For her latest curatorial project Zia worked with the refugees in the camp she was helping in, recording their experience through a collection of stories and images, at a time when migration could not be more divisive.
Alice is a photojournalist committed to capturing the 'truth' of the refugee crisis through the stories of those experiencing it. She spent much of this year volunteering in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp and Idomeni in Greece, the biggest informal refugee camp in Europe on record since the Second World War, working with a team of independent volunteersdelivering 7,000 meals a day to residents of the camp. Passionate about photo-journalism, she documented what she witnessed along the way. A humanitarian at heart, Alice will share with us her images and the unique stories that shaped her experience.
Alan is a photojournalist, street photographer and writer. His aim is to produce emotive photographs conveying the realities and diversities of human life. Alan's work has been featured by Time Out, Buzzfeed, The Independent, and has been internationally published in the USA, Europe, Russia, The Middle East and China. He has also written articles for The Independent focusing on humanitarian issues.
Emily is a photojournalist with a MA in Photojournalism and Documentary photography from the University of Westminster. Emily's photography has been featured and internationally published by i-D magazine, It's Nice That, The Suitcase Magazine, The Independent and Condé Nast Traveller. Emily was selected as a Finalist for Wildlife Photojournalist of The Year in the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year. She is a trustee of The David Iduwu Foundation and a member of the Women for Women youth leadership circle.
ice&fire explores human rights stories through performance. Through active engagement with human rights themes they create high-quality work which responds to defining issues affecting our society and the world beyond. Their Actors for Human Rights project has been running for 10 years and works with more than 700 volunteer actors around the country to present verbatim testimonies from people who have experienced human rights abuses. They perform to thousands of people every year across the UK, telling stories from refugees and asylum seekers, people in poverty, undocumented migrants, women in Afghanistan and more.
More information about their fantastic work can be found here -http://iceandfire.co.uk/