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London’s future – speaking up for refugees and diversity
Wed 29 March 2017, 17:00 – 20:00 BST
Join us on what will be a historic day in the UK, for a live theatre performance and panel discussion around refugees and what we can do as a host community to support and enable those in need, to speak up for diversity and the benefits that refugees can bring. Chaired by Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark.
Join us to hear from an expert panel of speakers:
Dr Gaim Kibreab, Professor of Refugee Studies, LSBU presenting the background around migration refugees and the current context,
Presenting ideas for action:
Ana Ferreira, Borough Organiser & Migrant Youth Organiser – Citizens UK on how community organising can support refugees and diversity and sharing their stories around programmes they are delivering such as Refugees Welcome and Stand up, Stand out.
Raghad Mardini, Founder of Arts Residence Aley on enabling the voices of refugee artists and cultural producers by providing safe spaces in host communities
Emily Churchill Zaraa, Refugee Week UK Coordinator at Counterpoints Arts on innovative interventions in schools, museums and the community.
Chaired by Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark.
An Interactive theatre performance, known as Playback Theatre, will open the event. Audience will be invited to volunteer stories around the theme, which will then be re-enacted to them by four performers and a musician.
This event is part of the PROMISE Project:
PROMISE (Promoting Refugee Integration Support through youth Engagement) aims to promote better acceptance of European decisions for refugees in host communities through awareness raising and discussion forums around key concerns. PROMISE Project is an EU funded, Europe-wide project comprised of London South Bank University and universities in Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, and Lithuania.
This is a two part event:
Part one: For current and interested participants in the Promise Project:
17:00 Join us to discuss your ideas about what you can do in your community to support refugees and how being a part of the PROMISE project can enable you to act and make your ideas a reality!
Please bring your posters or ideas for future action' if you have not been able to complete a poster as yet
Part two: Public event open to all - theatre performance and public panel discussion:
18:00 Welcome and introduction – Monica Ganan, Global Challenges Institute at LSBU
18:15 Playback South theatre group (interactive theatre improvisation) ‘London, What kind of city do we want to live in?’
19:15 Panel Discussion chaired by Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Dr Gaim Kibreab, Professor of Refugee Studies, LSBU
Ana Ferreira, Borough Organiser & Migrant Youth Organiser – Citizens UK
Raghad Mardini, Founder of Arts Residence Aley
Emily Churchill Zaraa, Refugee Week UK Coordinator at Counterpoints Arts
19:45 Stories from young people involved in the Stand up, Stand out programme ran by CitizensUK.
20. 00 Audience Q and A - ideas for actions
20.30 Poster exhibition and refreshments
Join like minded people, share your ideas and be inspired to act!
Co-ordinated with support from the London South Bank University Global Challenges Institute and the School of Law and Social Sciences and HEC Global Learning Centre.
Read more about what LSBU are doing to support refugees here: http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/blogs/sustainability/post/making-promise-help-refugees