19 Jun 2016 - 30 Nov 2021 / 13.00-22.00

Refugee Week launch at Southbank Centre

Counterpoints Arts is delighted to collaborate with Southbank Centre for the launch of Refugee Week in London on 19 June as part of their world famous Meltdown festival – curated by Guy Garvey. Under the heading of Refugees Welcome, there will be an entire day of FREE activity at Southbank Centre involving Refugee Week partners.

Beginning at 1pm with Refugees Welcome, musicians, poets, artists and dancers will pop ­up across the site, and the marketplace will host activities and craft workshops. Enjoy readings from Kayo Chingonyi, the Refugee Tales Project and Bards Without Borders, performance We Are Not Birds by Paper Project and meet with organisations including: Women for Refugee Women, the Refugee Council, UNHCR, Amnesty International, Migrant Help, IOM, Student Action for Refugees, Red Cross, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station and others.

2.30-3.30pm Songs to Welcome 

A big sing event for singers of all ages and abilities. Learn songs of welcome and share your voice in support of refugees and migrants. 

3.30-7.00pm Music Live: Refugees Welcome 

Our poet in residence Kayo Chingonyi will host an afternoon of performances featuring Zee Guveya & the Heritage Survival Band, Rafiki Jazz, Reem Kelani and Bruno Heinen.

7.30-10.00pm Free Concert curated by Guy Garvey

With acts chosen by Guy Garvey and featuring the Southbank Sinfonia. Full lineup to be announced in the next few days.




19 Jun 2016 - 30 Nov 2021