Art and Awareness: A Showcase in Solidarity with Refugees

Christ Church Cathedral is hosting an evening of performance and discussion by refugees and activists to raise money for Help Refugees, following a group from college volunteering at the Calais ‘Jungle’ in 2016.

The event, ‘Art and Awareness: A Showcase in Solidarity with Refugees’, aims to raise money and awareness for the plight of refugees, particularly those continuing to struggle in Calais, but also to explore the power of diverse art forms in advocating for individuals who are so often reduced to statistics.

A line up comprising of Amir Darwish, Caroline Moorhead, Gideon Mendel, Gulwali Passarlay and Julia Katarina will provide a range of diverse interpretations of and responses to the refugee crisis, including music, poetry and photography.

Christ Church’s connection with Help Refugees began in September 2016, when a group of fifteen members of Christ Church, including undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates and the College Chaplain, spent a fortnight in the largest distribution warehouse in Calais, run jointly by the charities Help Refugees and L’Auberge des Migrants. The participants helped to chop firewood, prepare food parcels, make ‘welcome packs’ of bedding and clothing, put up tents, and teach English at a makeshift school in the camp, and were deeply affected by the stories of those they met.

The event takes place at 8pm on Friday 12 May (3rd week), at Christ Church Cathedral. Tickets are available on the door and cost £8, or £5 for students. All proceeds go to Help Refugees.

To find out more, visit the event website, or take a look at the Facebook page.

You can read about the Christ Church group’s experiences in Calais in this news article, where you can also watch a video created by the participants.