Celebrating Sanctuary returns as part of Refugee Week
Returning to London this year is the highly anticipated Celebrating Sanctuary London Festival (June 16, 21 & 23). Once again, the festival kick starts Refugee Week (June 17-23).
The annual free festival celebrates the artistic heritage of the UK’s refugee communities – shedding light on their contributions and their influence on cultural life in the capital. For the first time, this year’s Celebrating Sanctuary not only launches Refugee Week, it also returns to Bernie Gardens on the Southbank and to Rich Mix throughout the week. Last year’s festival played host to over 25,000 visitors, with this year looking set to exceed those numbers.
Headliners this year include:
Etran Finatawa (Niger) Featured in the upcoming issue (July 2013, #93) the African desert-blues four piece come together in solidarity with Celebrating Sanctuary to raise awareness on turbulent political climate in the Sahel region, whilst sharing its rich musical heritage.
Sam Carter & Lucky Moyo (UK/Zimbabwe) An exciting collaboration between BBC Folk Award winner Sam Carter and Zimbabwean Lucky Moyo, whose choral music draws inspiration from his travels throughout 30 countries – he will be joined by his six-piece African choir.
Lokkhi Terra (UK) Spanning the sounds of Bangladeshi folk and Cuban rumba, the London based fusion band treat listeners to a melting pot of sounds inspired by the musician’s varying backgrounds. Lokkhi Terra will also be playing at this years Songlines Encounters Festival (June 8) at Kings Place.
Katy Carr (UK) Nominated for her latest album at the Songlines Music Awards 2013, Katy graces Celebrating Sanctuary with her band The Aviators, telling a musical story to the audience that evokes an emotional response to the struggle of being a Polish refugee in WWII.
Yiddish Twist Orchestra (UK) Multi-cultural magpies Ben Mandelson and Natty Bo invite us on a journey through London’s diverse musical history; including ventures into klezmer from the East End’s Jewish population, calypso from London’s West Indian communities and rock’n’roll – all with a dash of Latin dance music.
The Embassy of Refugees (UK) A dramatic art installation by London architect Natasha Reid; the curved timber pavilion inspired by a tree canopy’s natural refuge will host a series of talks that explore the issues surrounding ‘sanctuary’ in art, history and politics.
More details and announcements will be announced on June 13 on their website.