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#TheseWallsMustFall - A Celebration of Resistance

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AN EVENING OF SPOKEN WORD, MUSIC AND RESISTANCE

** Part of Refugee Week 2018 **

We live in a society where border controls are expanding at an alarming rate. Whether it’s in hospitals, schools, or on our streets, it is increasingly a dangerous time for people from migrant and refugee communities - or those perceived as being so.

This has been accompanied by an increase in violence and abuse - but despite this, people across our society are responding with creativity, building the kind of world that they want to live in. They are showing solidarity with one another; campaigning for change; and exercising their rights to live lives of dignity.

As part of Refugee Week 2018, we will be celebrating people’s resistance to these injustices - and creating a space that strengthens our collective capacity to overcome fear and mistrust. Instead, we hope to transform our communities to become beacons of welcome and hospitality.

Join Quakers in Britain on Saturday 23rd June to hear from poets and musicians who are at the forefront of forging creative responses - based on kindness and common humanity - to global economic inequality, climate change, and militarisation.

There will also be the chance to hear from grassroots organisations at the heart of building a culture of welcome – and find out more about how you can get involved in the growing racial justice movement.

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  • JJ Bola is an established writer and poet. He has written three collections: Elevate (2012), Daughter of the Sun (2014) and WORD (2015), and is the author of No Place to Call Home. He writes on themes related to migration, race and borders.

  • The Nawi Collective are a London-based black women's vocal collective who sing for justice to reclaim their time and for their ancestors.

  • Selina Nwulu was the young poet laureate for London who work touches on social and environmental justice as well as identity, nostalgia and belonging.

  • Bards Without Borders are a refugee and migrant poetry collective who have toured their performance responding to Shakespeare across the country and are now investigating the theme of 'patriotism.'

  • Hejira are a four-piece London band partly named after Joni Mitchell's 1976 album, and partly after the Arabic word for "flight or journey to a more desirable place".

This event will be hosted by Tatiana Garavito - Sanctuary Everywhere Programme Manager at Quakers in Britain - and Chris Venables - from the young adult Quaker community.

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