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Your Monthly Update - June 2019

Dear <<First Name>>, 

Refugee Week begins in just a few days and there are lots of exciting things planned for the week. We have world renowned classical pianist Margaret Fingerhut performing a special concert at Brighton College on the 20th in support of Sanctuary on Sea. On Sunday 23rd June we will fill the Brighton Dome and Museum with events, art, stalls and performances. Across the road in the Old Court House a panel will discuss the theme of Refugee Week, 'You, Me and Those who came before'. Panelists will include Dina Nayeri, author of “The Ungrateful Refugee”, who will later read from her new book and sign copies in the Dome. In the evening we're putting on Refugee Week: The Gig, a celebration of refugee and migrant musical talent and a great way to round the week off. See below for a full listing of events - we'd love to see you there! 

Check out our Refugee Week Facebook page for updates and event details.

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Refugee Week events 
Refugees, Migrants & Asylum Seekers: unpick the crisis, 18 June
This interactive workshop led by Wendy Ashall, Lecturer at the University of Sussex, will explore the nature of the refugee crisis in recent years as people have fled conflict in Syria and elsewhere. As a group you will look into the differences between a ‘refugee’, an ‘economic migrant’ and an ‘asylum seeker’, questioning whether the numbers arriving in the UK are really as unprecedented as the media claims. 5.30 – 6pm at Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE. Free entry.

Refugee Week lunch, 19 June
To celebrate Refugee Week 2019, Voices in Exile, Brighton Table tennis Club and the Real Junk Food Project are putting on a special lunch at St. John the Baptist church on Wednesday 19 June, 12.30– 2.30pm. Delicious Syrian and Zimbabwean food will be served on a pay-as-you-wish basis. 2 Bristol Rd, Brighton, BN1 1AP. Free entry.
Immerse in Verse: A Poetic Homage to Refugee Week, 20 June
Euro-Mernet Poetry Club, in collaboration with B&H City Libraries, presents a gathering of local and visiting community poets for a poetic homage on World Refugee Day (20th June). Community musicians, led by Euro-Mernet deputy coordinator Matteo Haenen, will be playing short pieces. 5.30 – 6.30 at Jubilee Library (Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE), free entry.

Margaret Fingerhut in concert, 20 June 
Acclaimed international pianist Margaret Fingerhut will be performing a special concert at Brighton College, Far From the Home I Love. Through music and words, Margaret tells the story of some of the many composers who were forced to leave places they considered home. Proceeds from the concert will go towards Sanctuary on Sea. The evening will be introduced by Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International. Tickets here. Brighton College, Eastern Rd, Brighton BN2 0AL.

What can we do to make our city more inclusive? 21 June
Societal division and hate crime are rising at an alarming rate. Local refugees have shared the negative impact it is having on their lives. It is imperative that connections across our community are strengthened and inclusivity enhanced. ​Join the Smiley Movement and Ambigo – two organisations dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion – for an event to discuss these issues and ways to inspire positive action. This open event focused on Brighton & Hove, will bring together refugees, charities, council members and other organisations and individuals from the wider local community. Caroline Lucas MP will be one panelist. Facebook event page here and tickets here (free, but you will need to register with the Smiley Movement). This takes place at Exeter Street Hall, 16 Exeter Road, Brighton BN1 5PG, 6–9pm.

Jollof Café activities, 22 June
The Jollof Café will be hosting a day of events at the Cowley Club on Saturday 22 June from 11am to celebrate Refugee Week. There will be a Jollof cookery lesson, sand painting workshops, West African dance workshop and an Africa Night party in the evening (until midnight). Cowley Club, 12 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JA. Free but donations encouraged.

'Together' community day, 23 June
Organised largely by refugees and groups working with them in the city, our big community day will feature stalls, drumming workshops, poetry and book readings, film screenings, doll and puppet making, henna hand painting and games. Plus, delicious food from around the world and lots of activities designed to bring the community together. This will be opened by Brighton’s new Mayor and newly elected MEP for the South East, Alex Phillips. 11am – 4pm at the Brighton Dome and Museum, 12A Pavillion Road, BN1 1EE. Free entry.

Discussion: You, me and those that came before, 23 June 
Conventional perceptions of migration need to be challenged. At this event put on by Thousand4£1000, Brighton Migrant Solidarity and Jollof Café, a panel of activists, thinkers and human rights practitioners will give an overview of the current migrant situation, a glimpse of the future and ideas to start building the way forward. Speakers include Dina Nayeri, author of the Ungrateful Refugee and Zouhir Masri, Syrian refugee and journalist. More details here about the event. At: The Old Courtroom, 118 Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UD, 12 – 2pm. Free entry.

Refugee Week: The Gig, 23 June
Showcasing the talent of refugee and migrant musicians, this event brings together artists from around the world to celebrate the diversity of our city and the richness brought with migration. Headlined by Bakk Lamp Fall, tAngerinecAt, and Bashir Al Gamar this promises to be a great evening to round up the week's events. Saturday 23 June, 7-11pm, at the Latest Music Bar, 14-17 Manchester St, Brighton BN2 1TF. Tickets here.

EuroMernet events, 16–23 June
The Euro Mediterranean Resources Network are putting on a whole host of refugee related events to celebrate the week. See their Facebook page for the full listing.
Local Updates 
New migrant support services launched in Brighton
Two new migrant support services were launched in Brighton in May, both up and running now: 
Migrant ESOL Support Hub (MESH)
A casework and referral service offering 1:1 personalised planning for migrants with ongoing support to access provision for faster progress in:
  • improving English
  • training and education
  • getting work and work experience 
  • finances
  • using leisure and public services
  • meeting people
Referrals for initial assessments by email or phone. People can also self-refer. The caseworkers are based at the Trust for Developing Communities (Cicely Lloyd) and Voices in Exile (Rosa Jones). The Trust can be reached here and Voices in Exile here.
Migrants Welcome project
A group that meets weekly on Mondays during term time at Voices in Exile (36 Upper Bedford St, Brighton BN2 1JP) to support orientation of the city, with regular visits and speakers on the theme of:
  • accessing services in the city
  • meeting new people
  • culture and history
  • health and leisure services
  • shopping on a budget
Attendance is free and group members may bring pre-school children. 10am–1pm.
Coming up in Brighton and Hove
Cuthman and the Devil - the legend of Devil's Dyke, 1 June

It’s A.D. 710. A drought destroys crops and decimates livestock. The desperate folk of Saddlescombe are returning to their pagan ways. Cuthman, a shepherd of men, is summoned to perform a miracle. The Devil has other plans. Faith vs. folklore; love, death, famine and a drop of Elixir are celebrated in this imaginative and spectacular retelling of a local legend with song and music. The evening is hosted by Thousand4£1000, with the money raised going to their work. A vegetarian dish will be served during the interval and there will be a cash bar. Doors open at 18.30, the play reading starts at 19.00 and ends at 21.00. At: Exeter St Hall, 16-17 Exeter St, Brighton BN1 5PG. More details here.
Transnational Figurations of Displacement: Investigating protracted displacement, 5 June

Displacement is normally regarded as a temporary phenomenon. Yet more than 13 million people – two thirds of the 20 million refugees worldwide – have been in exile for long periods of time without prospect of return, resettlement or local integration. TRAFIG (Transnational Figurations of Displacement) is an EU-funded project involving 12 partners across the globe investigating these situations of long-lasting displacement at multiple sites across Asia, Africa and Europe. The project aims to generate new knowledge to help develop solutions for protracted displacement that are tailored to the needs and capacities of persons affected by displacement. At this event, TRAFIG will present their work carried out so far. Following the presentation, academics will discuss topics such as: 'how do protracted displacement situations unfold?' and 'displacement in the age of mobility and connectivity'. This takes place at the Jubilee Building, Room JUB-144, University of Sussex campus, free of charge, at 17.30. A reception will follow the event.
Celebrating Faith in Action, 6 June

Join this celebration of Brighton & Hove's charities, community, welfare and social action projects inspired by people of faith in our city. Come to London Road's Open Market on 6 June from 11am–15.30pm where community and social action projects will share their life and work helping and improving the lives of fellow citizens in the city of Brighton & Hove. Experience the breadth of cultural and ethnic diversity in the city's faith community, see how immigrants have integrated and contributed into our city and hear how homeless and disadvantaged people's lives have been changed and saved by the intervention of faith-inspired projects. Cultural displays, stalls and local artists and musicians will join this celebration. Free entry.
Brighton & Hove Multicultural Festival, 8 June

Come along to Brighton and Hove's multicultural festival taking place on Saturday 8 June, 11am – 6pm on the seafront near the i360, East Piazza, Lower King's Road, BN1 2LN. It's free – just turn up! There will be:
  • Food stalls
  • Chinese dragon dances
  • Healthy lifestyle advice for BME communities
  • African drumming and a Caribbean steel band
  • Children's activities
Refugee Radio: Castaway Heritage, starting 8 June

This museum display reveals the stories of refugees who have sought asylum in Brighton from around the world. Photographs and oral histories reveal a common humanity and the search for home. It will be displayed on the South Balcony of the Brighton Museum from 8th – 11th September 2019. There will also be a talk about the exhibition on Tuesday 18 June at 12pm in the Museum Lab.

Mighty Pens: Refugee journalists, writers and poets, 15–23 June
Curated by Euro-Mernet coordinator Umit Ozturk, this exhibition contains portraits, short biographies, quotes and personal statements by refugee journalists, writers and poets throughout history, with particular focus on those who have lived in the UK. The exhibition aims to highlight the remarkable contributions by refugee- background literary and media figures in brightening our intellectual horizons. Displayed at Jubilee Library. 

What can we do about immigration raids? 8 June  

Do you know what to do if you see a raid? There were over 100 immigration raids in Brighton & Hove in 2017. These raids are taking people from our communities, away from their friends and family. Brighton Against Borders and Brighton Anti-Raids Network, hosting this event, campaign for a city free of raids and border police. At this raids resistance training there will be discussions on how to strengthen and grow the resistance to raids in Brighton & Hove so people feel equipped to act in the moment. There will be the opportunity to discuss your experiences and get some tips from members of Haringey Anti-Raids. This event takes place at 2–6pm at the Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JA. Sign up for free here and see the Facebook event page for more information. Free entry.
By, With, About: Refugees and Socially Engaged Art Practices, 12 June

From 12 June, SEAS (the Socially Engaged Art Salon) will be putting on an exhibition celebrating refugee art and artists. It will be at the BMECP Centre (10a Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE). The following events will also be hosted there throughout Refugee Week:

Art & Refugees (1): Presentations, workshops and a panel discussion
Wednesday 19th June, 6–9pm.

Art & Refugees (2): Presentations, films and a live multi-sensory performance.
Saturday 22nd June, 5–8pm.

All are free to attend.
Windrush Tea Party, 22 June

Join members of the BME Heritage Network on Windrush Day (Saturday 22 June) for tea, cake, talks and discussion to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British history and culture. This takes place at the Brighton Museum, 3–5pm and is free with admission. All welcome!

Cook, Eat and Learn English, starting 5 June

Cook, Eat, Learn is a course for people learning English as an additional language. The upcoming course starting 5 June will have 5 sessions featuring an English lesson, a cookery class and a delicious meal at the end. Plus it's all free! This would be a good opportunity for anyone on a lower income in the Hollingdean area.

To sign up, you need to complete a form which you can get by contacting, or calling Anna on 01273 563375.
Jollof Café, Tuesdays

The Jollof Cafe runs every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30–3pm) at the Cowley Club on London Road serving delicious homemade West African vegan food. It's family-friendly, open to everyone and the meal is just £4. All proceeds go to Brighton Migrant Solidarity.
Maté Café, Sundays 
The Maté Café is back for May and June! They serve delicious Syrian food on Sunday afternoons (12.30 – 15.00) at the Cowley Club on London Road. Plus Maté tea, live music and activities for children. It's free and family friendly. The Maté café are also hosting an Eid Party on 9 June.
The Real Junk Food Café, Wednesdays
Real Junk Food host a weekly café on Wednesdays at St John the Baptist Parish Hall in collaboration with Brighton Voices in Exile and Brighton Table Tennis Club. Food waste that would otherwise have been thrown away by supermarkets is cooked and served by professional chefs. The meal and any spare produce is available on a pay as you feel basis. The hall is located at 2 Bristol Road, Brighton, BN2 1AP – see more info and all of the dates here.
Coming up in London and the South East
Refugee Week events at the V&A museum, launching 16 June

To celebrate Refugee Week 2019, the V&A in London is putting on a series of events and displays based around the theme of 'You, me and those that came before'. See the full list of events and displays here. All are free to attend. It will feature:

Holding On, 16 June
Using virtual reality, explore the stories of internally displaced people around the world. Learn about the significance of objects people continue to hold on to and why they want to share them with the next generation.

80 Years On, It's Our Turn, 16 June
This video installation highlights the parallels between the situation of child refugees fleeing Nazi persecution 80 years ago and those fleeing persecution today and the need to carry forward the Kindertransport legacy.

You, Me and Those Who Came Before: Portrait Series, 16 – 21 June
For this special commission for Refugee Week 2019, the distinguished photographer Jillian Edelstein creates a stunning series of portraits that brings to light a hidden history of refugees enriching our culture and communities for generations.
Refugee Tales 2019
A Walk In Solidarity with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Detainees across Sussex
Booking is now open to take part in the Refugee Tales walks for 2019. Refugee Tales, now in its fourth year, is a walking and storytelling project to show solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees. Working directly in collaboration with those who have experienced the UK asylum system, writers tell a series of tales en route through the English countryside. Through this sharing of stories the project gathers and communicates experiences of migration, with a focus on what indefinite detention means for individuals. This year, Refugee Tales are walking from Brighton to Hastings over the course of five days (Friday 5 July – Wednesday 10 July). You do not have to walk each day – just join on the day/s you fancy. The walks are led by experienced walk leaders and there are evening events planned for each night. There is more information here and book a place here.

Choose Love Not Landfill: festival collections for refugees

At the end of every festival, hundreds of thousands of good quality clothes, sleeping bags, tents and other items are abandoned and end up in landfill. Many of these items are desperately needed by groups supplying aid to refugees in France, Greece and elsewhere. HelpRefugees are asking for much-needed volunteers to help with collecting these things at the end of festivals in June, July and August. If you're interested, you can sign up here. The form is not a commitment, just an expression of interest. For more information, email
National News From our Sanctuary Network
City of Sanctuary book now available! 
A Hundred Thousand Welcomes by Tiffy Allen tells the story of City of Sanctuary from 2005 to 2019, through a tapestry of personal stories by refugees and their friends. There are stories of welcome and sanctuary across cities and countryside, schools and universities, churches and mosques, homes and gardens, trades unions, libraries, sports clubs, theatres and elsewhere, all throughout the UK and Ireland. It is also a useful and readable introduction for anyone you may know who has little understanding about refugees but might be open to finding out more. Order your copy here.

STAR scholarship deadlines
 STAR (Student Action for Refugees) offer numerous university scholarships to refugee and asylum-seeker students. Some institutions still have places available – if you or someone you know might be interested take a look here. The University of York has now opened its fantastic YESS programme (University of York Experience Summer Schools) for prospective university students, and free places are available for refugees and asylum seekers. Find out more about YESS here.
Directory of Services

Finally, we'd like to remind everyone that the Directory of Services available to refugees and migrants in Brighton and Hove is available online.

The directory has been updated last month (March 2019) to include formal and informal ESOL provision in Brighton and Hove this Summer.

This directory lists organisations which offer support to, or are advocating on behalf of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. It also lists organisations which offer specific services of interest to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, as well as a small number of refugee- and migrant-led organisations. Please read and share as widely as you can. Please let us know if you would like your service to be included in the directory, or if your existing entry needs updating.

Best wishes,

Ruby Cardona Senker
Sanctuary on Sea 
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