23 Jun 2019 / 12:00 to 22:00

Refugee Week at Southbank Centre

This year’s collaboration with the Southbank Centre is a programme of theatre, comedy, choir performances, a live art performance, Balkan music and more. We celebrate across the Southbank spaces:

An afternoon of music at Clore Ballroom

We are delighted to present two brilliant music projects, which will take over the Clore Ballroom for the afternoon. Newham’s Community Opera Full Circle is a two year collaborative project by Newham Music and three local secondary schools. Full Circle is inspired by the story of the local resident, Jonathan Lofulo who fled DRC as a child, got in with tough crowd in Newham before turning his life around to help others in his community.¬† The students will perform the newly completed piece which includes the narratives written in workshops with Counterpoints Arts artists, poets Laila Sumpton and hip hop musician Mohammed Yahya.

Singing Our Lives is an ongoing, collaborative and engagement project which brings together a number of community choirs around a choral series. It is produced by Together Productions, Musical Director is Jeremy Haneman and Creative Producer Holly Jones.

Expect high energy and inspiring performances, and audience participation.

Staging Sisterhood, Purcell Room, 14:30pm, booking here

Theatre without borders: the women’s theatre project devised over video link-up between London and Lebanon, with participants and performers from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds. The three-month project culminates in simultaneous public performance via live video link with a theatre in Beirut. Led by Seenaryo, in partnership with Women Now for development, Counterpoints Arts and Southbank Centre.

Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer

We take over the QEH Foyer with an afternoon of family participation activities around the theme of Refugee Week ‘You, Me and those who came before’. Join us with your family portraits, your drawing hands and stories of migration from your family, friendships and neighbourhoods.

The evening will turn the Foyer stage into a Balkan sounds destination. More detail tbc.

No Direction Home, Purcell Room, 19:00pm, book here

Laughter unites us: an evening of stand-up by comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds, hosted by Tom Parry with Suzi Ruffell and Romesh Ranganathan as guest headliners.¬†Presented by Counterpoints Arts and Camden People’s Theatre.


23 Jun 2019
12:00 to 22:00

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX


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