Encampment – listings information:
Tickets are available from www.southbankcentre.co.uk/love
If your chosen event is sold out, please call on the day of performance as additional tickets may be available.
Young Vic Taking Part presents Now We Are Here directed by Ian Rickson
Sunday 31 July, 1.30pm
What is it really like to be a refugee struggling to survive?
Four true refugee stories are drawn together into a heartbreaking tale of the pursuit of freedom.
Michael, Mir, Desmond and Tammy journey to Britain to escape wars and persecution. Freezing temperatures, an alien culture and a fight for a new life awaits them. These are their stories.
Young Vic Taking Part presents this new play, written by refugees in collaboration with Deanna Rodger, Ian Rickson and Imogen Brodie. Directed by Ian Rickson. Cast includes Gary Beadle, Jonathan Livingstone and Golda Rosheuvel.
Good Chance is delighted to welcome this Young Vic Taking Part production at Encampment.
Age guideline: 14+
Time: 45 minutes
Red Zone Theatre presents September 11th by Kuhel Khalid
Monday 1 August, 1.30pm
Be vigilant, be careful, there may be a terrorist sitting between you right now, ready to detonate their explosives.
September 11th: the day that changed history. Millions of lives affected. Millions killed during an ongoing war on terror. Breeding more and more terrorists. Displacing millions in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Sudan, and resulting in over a decade of war and hatred spread between the east and the west.
Following the path of one young man, who grows up in an environment formed of malice, fear, perversion and constant conflict. This highly intense and visual performance delves into the emotions of confusion and loss suffered in nearly two decades of war, terror and displacement.
Playwright Kuhel Khalid is a refugee living in the UK.
Age guideline: 16+
Running time: 1 hour
Film Night: Queens of Syria
In conversation with Reem Alsayyah
Monday 1 August, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
“It is like us; we were all queens in our own houses. Then we lost everything. ” Fatima
Film Night was a staple of the Good Chance programme in Calais, where international movies from Bollywood to Braveheart brought the camp together. Good Chance is delighted to screen Queens of Syria for our film night at Encampment.
Queens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women. Not one of them had ever acted before.
What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved and bereaved by the Trojan War…
Following the screening the Queens of Syria there will be a conversation with Reem Alsayyah, one of the protagonists of the film, via Skype from Jordan.
Produced by Refuge Productions and directed by Yasmin Fedda.
Zoukak Theatre Company presents The Last Tablet directed by Omar Abi Azar and Maya Zbib
Tuesday 2 August, 1.30pm
Is he trying to remind us that it was during the Plague that so many marvellous works of art and theatre came to be, because, whipped by the fear of death, man seeks immortality, or to escape, or to surpass himself? (Anaïs Nin on Antonin Artaud)
The Last Tablet is a bracing production about the value of life and the quest for immortality. Living under the shadow of imminent violent death, everyday feeling and living takes on a heightened form. The question of eternity is ever-present.
Zoukak Theatre Company, who originate from Lebanon, worked with Good Chance at the Calais refugee camp where they ran a series of workshops. Last year, a play they devised with camp residents became the highlight of Good Chance’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The Last Tablet is new version of He Who Saw Everything, which was performed as a work-in-progress during Zoukak’s residency at Battersea Arts Centre in June 2014, as part of the LIFT festival.
Devised and performed by Lamia Abi Azar, Omar Abi Azar, Hashem Adnan, Junaid Sarieddeen and Maya Zbib.
Age guideline: 14+
Time: 40 minutes
Asylum Monologues by ice&fire
Wednesday 3 August, 1.30pm
This waiting for the Home Office to decide… it is a diplomatic form of torture.
ice&fire theatre explores human rights stories through performance and are committed to inspiring artists and audiences alike to engage with urgent human rights issues. Since 2006, they have been collecting and disseminating first-hand accounts of asylum seekers and refugees living in the UK. Their flagship script, Asylum Monologues, has been performed by the Actors for Human Rights network throughout the UK and also inspired a German network. Today, in 2016, amidst one of the largest human migrations to Europe in modern history, they tell the stories of refugees residing in the UK now.
Although we know it must go on, it’s still shocking to hear the first-hand accounts of people devoured by the heartless machine of bureaucracy. This was brave, honest, close to the bone. – Oxford Theatre Review on Asylum Monologues
Age guideline: 14+
Running time: 90 minutes
3 Crate Productions and Black Entertainment Wales present My Mouth Brought Me Here by Eric Ngalle
Thursday 4 August, 1.30pm
Deep in the forest, a hunter finds a skull. He steps on it and the skull speaks, “my mouth brought me here”.
Based on the African proverb and poetry of Eric Ngalle Charles, My Mouth Brought Me Here explores freedom of expression and the consequences when it is denied.
With a power-hungry ruler, a few foolish guards and a courageous hunter, telling the truth has become a game where no one knows the rules. Eric Ngalle Charles and 3 Crate Productions make their London theatre debut in a production invigorated with live music and interwoven with storytelling techniques from across the world.
Age guideline: 12+
Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Theatr Clwyd presents Scattered by Tim Baker, directed by John Young
Sunday 7 August, 11am and 1pm
Performed with residents of the Calais refugee camp when Theatr Clwyd visited Good Chance Calais in February 2016, Scattered is the story of when two worlds collide, as two teenage boys, Owen and Yasser, meet at an abandoned allotment during the summer. By digging beneath the surface and unearthing each other’s stories, they explore the challenging questions we ask ourselves and struggle to answer. Through sharing their pasts, the two boys form a friendship, which ultimately helps them comprehend and come to terms with their uncertain futures.
This original piece of theatre doesn’t attempt to answer the big questions about who we are and where we belong, but instead provokes conversations and debate. It aims to confront stereotypes surrounding asylum-seekers and refugees through Owen’s curiosity and Yasser’s experiences. It explores the ethos that we are defined as humans by the story and history we carry with us, the one thing no one can take away.
This project was funded by the Arts Council of Wales.
Age guideline: 9+
Running time: 1 hour
Good Chance Theatre in association with Aurora Nova, presents White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour
Sunday 7 August, 6.30pm
Will you participate? Will you be manipulated? Will you listen? Will you really listen?
With no rehearsals, no director and a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage, internationally acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a potent reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre.
Forbidden to leave his native Iran, Soleimanpour wrote a play that travelled the world in his place. It crossed borders, found refuge in theatres, and was given voice by a host of actors across the world. Now Soleimanpour’s play finds its next home at Encampment. Join us and our special guest for a journey into the unknown, stumbling upon the personal and profound, the limits of liberty and the epic voyages on which theatre can take us.
Since its world premiere in 2011, White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been performed over 1,000 times by some of the most esteemed performers in theatre and film, including Juliet Stevenson, Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, John Hurt, Simon McBurney, Stephen Rea, Sinead Cusack and Ken Loach.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit was originally produced by Volcano Theatre in association with Necessary Angel and Wolfgang Hoffmann.
Dramaturgy by Daniel Brooks and Ross Manson
Age guideline: 12+
Time: 50-70 minutes
An exhibition of art by residents of the Calais refugee camp
Exhibited from 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm every day. Places are limited.
Artist Sue Partridge spent several months facilitating art sessions at Good Chance Calais. She says about her experience:
“It’s unconditional. I am told that there are people from 20 different nationalities in the Jungle. But I don’t care where they’re from… Everyone is here now and that’s all that matters. We start from now. That’s where all artwork and communication begins.
I do not ask about stories and journeys, but I am told. Over drawn flowers I am told of spring time. I am told of how much they miss their homelands and their mothers. I am told how it is to see life in an instant become death.
“People want to see beauty. It is what they draw the most. Nature, flowers, birds. I showed them how to use colour freely. To enjoy colour for colour’s own sake. It became an explosion of creativity.”
A collection of these artworks will be exhibited for the duration of Encampment, and London audiences are invited to come and see them for themselves.
The Mechanical Animal Corporation presents Zugunruhe: An individual sound walk exhibition by Tom Bailey and Simon Whetham
From 11 – 1pm and 3 – 5pm every day. Places are limited.
An intimate walking concert, across continents. Zugunruhe is a solo travelling meditation on migration, through song. Join a sound-journey across African and Middle Eastern migration routes without leaving London’s Southbank. Zugunruhe is composed of Eritrean, Afghan, Egyptian, Iranian and Sudanese songs shared by residents of the Calais ‘Jungle’, interwoven with calls from globally migrating birds, recorded at the RSPB site Ham Wall on the Somerset levels.
Created by Tom Bailey and Simon Whetham, Zugunruhe is an ornithological term describing the instinctive behavioural state of ‘migratory restlessness’ in birds, before flight.
Supported by the RSPB.
Duration: 20-30 minute walk. You will need to leave a passport, driver’s licence or debit card as a deposit for the equipment.
Morning exercise and warm-up classes
Daily, 9.30am – 10.30am. Places are limited.
Get the day started and your body and mind in motion with Kung Fu, Karate or Yoga! In the Calais refugee camp, each day began with a morning exercise class to revive the body from cold nights on hard floors and re-focus the mind for the day ahead.
We will be working with a variety of class leaders who, between them, have many years of training in their arts. They include: one of the youngest Kung Fu coaches from Iran who began practising Kung Fu, Taekwondo and Kickboxing when he was 15 years old and was a National Team Qualifier. At the peak of his progress he was forced to leave his country and is now in the UK; a Master of Karate from Iran who has been practising Kyokushin Karate for 20 years; among others.
Please check the night before to see what class will be on each morning.
We Are Not Birds by The Paper Project
Saturday 30 July, 1.30pm
We Are Not Birds is a living exhibition, a walking, talking exhibition, a strange ever-changing exhibition, an exhibition of people on the move.
MAP is a man who has travelled far, his journey is imprinted on his body. STUCK carries a chair strapped to him. His life is on hold, the future is always just out of reach. PAPER has arrived. S/he has a British passport, but is life easy now? Is being British the answer to his/her problems? STORY carries his past around and everyone wants one of his tales. HARD WORK never stops. She works three jobs and never sleeps. RETURNED has gone back. She isn’t sure where she belongs – not British, but a stranger in her home country.
The Paper Project is group of inspiring artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds – with their roots at Ovalhouse in South London – creating innovative, cross-arts performances that traverse the predicaments and experiences of migration and living in a new country.
Age guideline: None
Running time: 45 minutes
Afghan kite-making with Sanjar Qiam
Sunday 31 July, 4pm – 5pm (with special guest Michael Morpurgo)
Sunday 7 August, 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Places are limited.
Come along to a feast of Afghan kite-making with Good Chance at Encampment! Drawing on the craft of kite-making from ancient times, Sanjar Qiam brings his experience of growing up in Kabul, where he spent his days kite-running in the dusty streets, to this Encampment workshop. Using the simplest of materials, turn your hand to building your own kite to take away with you!
Special guest Michael Morpurgo (The Butterfly Lion, War Horse) will talk about his book The Kites are Flying (Walker Books) on Sunday 31 July from 4pm to 4.30pm. Morpurgo’s story reveals how children’s hopes for peace and unity can fly higher than any wall built to divide communities and religions.
Fortune presents You Are What You Play: A Games Barter
Tuesday 2 August, 4pm – 5.15pm. Places are limited.
Good Chance is delighted to welcome Fortune, a group of young adult refugees and migrants using the arts to build confidence, trust, communication and bridges with their new communities. They have gathered over forty games from their childhoods: running, singing, board games, memory exercises, party games and many more. Having taught each other how to play them, and discovered various similarities and differences, now they invite you into the process.
Members of Fortune will teach you a game from one of their countries, talk about the memories it inspires, and invite you to revisit your childhood games and teach one to them. Barter a game for a game and reflect on the universality of play.
Fortune is part of Pan Intercultural Arts. This project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Age guideline: 10+
Pan Intercultural Arts presents Preparing for the Unpredictable: The Artist’s View of Working in “The Jungle” (a performed presentation)
Thursday 4 August, 4pm – 5.15pm. Places are limited.
Five artists from Pan Intercultural Arts made two visits to Calais in early 2016 to run theatre workshops at Good Chance for residents of the camp.
Several decades of experience working with refugees, conflict-affected and marginalised people barely prepared them for what they met. In the freezing cold, with the threat of approaching bulldozers, working with people for whom theatre was totally new, they had to completely rethink their approach to creative workshops.
It was a deep and changing experience that the artists will attempt to share through words, actions, images and conversation.
Artists: Mita Pujara, Mojisola Adebayo, Debora Mina, Melanie Anouf and John Martin.
Visits funded by Pan’s Supporters.
Age guideline: 13+
Good Chance/No Chance
Friday 5 August, 8.30pm – 10pm. Places are limited.
Good Chance/No Chance is a human board game telling human stories. A fun and arresting game that aims to challenge our ability to empathise and develop our understanding of the life-changing decisions forced upon others.
Come and throw a dice, make decisions, and get dealt a card you didn’t expect. This is a light-hearted and playful look at the serious reality of forced displacement.
Created by residents of the Calais camp in collaboration with Good Chance.
Encampment’s Nights of Hope (Saturday 30 July–Saturday 6 July)
Encampment’s Nights of Hope series are evenings of music and discussion, invigorated by hope and the desire to collectively imagine a better future together. Produced in association with specialist NGOs, there will be a call to action at the end of each discussion aimed at encouraging the audience to create active change in their own communities.
Nights of Hope: From Analogue to Digital: Technology’s Role in the Refugee Crisis
Followed by music from The Calais Sessions
Saturday 30 July, 6pm – 8.30pm. Places are limited.
Good Chance presents a discussion on the role of technology in the refugee crisis, followed by music from The Calais Sessions, as part of Encampment’s Nights of Hope series.
Digital technology touches every aspect of our lives; the refugee crisis is no exception. Social media is central to mobilising people-led democratic movements and as a tool of survival for people displaced. As our world becomes increasingly shaped by digital communication, transaction and innovation, national boundaries are both more easily transcended online and more heavily guarded in the real world. Refugees who can find themselves with nothing but a mobile phone, live at the sharpest end of what panellist Meltem Arikan, Turkish writer and digital activist, describes as “the transition from the analogue to the digital world”.
Speakers include author and playwright Meltem Arikan, actress Pınar Öğün, and actor/director Memet Ali Alabora, the creative team behind Mi Minor. Performed in Turkey to both online and in-house audiences, Mi Minor was blamed for inciting the Gezi Park protest and the creatives were forced into exile. They will share their experience about the play and its aftermath, the transition from analogue to the digital, and kick off a discussion about how everything from life-saving technology adapted for refugees, to cultural production is responding to this transition.
Following the discussion will be a musical performance by The Calais Sessions, a collective of creatives using the universal language of music to empower and entertain.
The Calais Sessions project started when a group of international musicians went to find collaborators in the Calais camp to rehearse, write, perform and record with. Within 48 hours, they recorded a song written by Moheddin, a tailor and singer from Syria with an extraordinary voice. It was clear that there were more musicians who would relish the opportunity to play their music.
Recorded in a makeshift studio set up on site, The Calais Sessions is an eclectic reflection of the diverse culture that thrives in the ‘Jungle’ with tracks that range from raw Syrian folk song to the nectar-sweet Ethiopian gospel lullaby. The album will be released in late June 2016 with proceeds going to Citizen’s UK and as donations to the refugee musicians on the album.
Come and hear artists perform these songs live in London and via live-stream from Calais!
Nights of Hope: Art in Humanitarian Crises
Followed by music from the Palestinian Youth Orchestra
Sunday 31 July, 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Places are limited.
Good Chance presents a lively discussion on the role of art in humanitarian crises, in association with Pan Intercultural Arts, followed by music from members of the Palestinian Youth Orchestra. This event is part of Encampment’s Nights of Hope series, evenings of music and discussion intended to reinvigorate the dialogue on the refugee crisis.
The last few decades have seen a growth in arts projects emerging from or responding to times and places of crisis. Sometimes these art projects are created by those directly affected, sometimes by external artists and sometimes by international NGOs.
What is really going on? How can the arts help or hinder the situation? Join the conversation with artists, refugees, directors and others affected by or working in this field.
Chaired by John Martin of Pan Intercultural Arts. Speakers include Joe and Joe of Good Chance; playwright and facilitator, Mojisola Adebayo; Wissam Boustany, International Flautist, Founder of Towards Humanity and Music Advisor/Trustee of Palmusic UK, as well as more speakers to be announced.
Members of the Palestinian Youth Orchestra will then present a diverse selection of chamber music and Arabic improvisations. The PYO’s UK tour has been organised with Palmusic UK, whose mission is to bring music into the lives of young Palestinians and to create bridges of collaboration between Palestine and the UK.
Nights of Hope: Changing Attitudes to Refugees and Asylum-Seekers
Followed by music from Bashir Al-Gamar
Tuesday 2 August, 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Places are limited.
Good Chance presents a platform discussion on changing attitudes to refugees and asylum-seekers, in association with ice&fire, followed by music from Bashir Al-Gamar. This event is part of Encampment’s Nights of Hope series, evenings of music and discussion intended to reinvigorate the dialogue on the refugee crisis.
In the last year there have been various dramatic shifts in the public response to refugees and asylum-seekers. In the UK and around the world, attitudes are still in flux. This discussion explores how our attitudes to refugees and asylum seekers are changing and challenges us to take steps to reshape our future.
Chaired by Nazek Ramadan, Director of Migrant Voice. Speakers include: Christine Bacon, Director of ice&fire; Tim Finch, a writer and campaigner on refugee issues, author of the novel The House of Journalists, former coordinator of the National Refugee Welcome Board, Director of Communications at the Refugee Council, and Chair of the migration and arts charity Counterpoints Arts; Javaad Alipoor a writer, director, poet, Artistic Director of Northern Lines, and Associate Director at Theatre in the Mill.
Following the platform discussion, there will be a musical performance by special guest Bashir Al-Gamar. Bashir Al-Gamar was born in Sudan in 1955 and came to the UK as a political refugee in 1993 after being imprisoned for his poem Patience on a Beach. Bashir is a poet, songwriter, and composer and has written and composed more than 40 poems and songs, mainly in Arabic or in Sudanese local dialect. He plays the oud, a stringed instrument similar to the lute.
Nights of Hope: Why Women Refugees are often Unheard and Unseen
Followed by music by Maya Youssef
Thursday 4 August, 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Places are limited.
Good Chance presents a platform discussion examining refugee women’s voices, in association with Women For Refugee Women, followed by music from Maya Youssef. This event is part of Encampment’s Nights of Hope series, evenings of music and discussion intended to reinvigorate the dialogue on the refugee crisis.
The refugee crisis we are currently experiencing represents the greatest mass movement of people since the Second World War. In a hostile, polyphonic atmosphere of conflicting viewpoints, the voices of women refugees are often the last to be heard. This panel will discuss the importance of ensuring refugee women’s stories are told, how we can raise awareness about the journeys women make across borders, and the challenges they face upon reaching Britain. Refugee women will share their personal journeys as campaigners and the sense of empowerment they experience through telling their stories.
Speakers include: Marchu Girma, Grassroots Coordinator for Women for Refugee Women, Rahela Sidiqi, former Senior Advisor to Civil Service Commission in Afghanistan and chair of the London Refugee Women Forum, Jade Amoli-Jackson, Secretary of the London Refugee Women Forum.
Following the platform discussion will be a performance by virtuoso Syrian kanun player, Maya Youssef. Her unique and innovative approach to playing the kanun has led her to performing on platforms around the world. Winner of the Exceptional Talent award, Maya migrated to the UK in early 2012. She is currently working on her first debut album and researching her PhD ‘Music Healing for Syrian Refugee Children’. Maya has been featured in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
Nights of Hope: The Refugee Crisis: What Is Our Role?
Followed by music from Mosi Conde
Saturday 6 August, 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Places are limited.
Good Chance presents a platform discussion on our roles in the refugee crisis in association with Citizens UK, the national home of community organising, followed by music from Mosi Conde. This event is part of Encampment’s Nights of Hope series, evenings of music and discussion intended to reinvigorate the dialogue on the refugee crisis.
According to UNHCR, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide is now 59.5 million, and 81% of these are hosted by developing countries. Tens of thousands of refugees are arriving in Europe every week. It’s a huge, unfathomable situation that can leave us feeling powerless. What can we as individuals actually do?
Citizens UK and invited speakers will explore how, through individual action, we can make significant changes in the UK’s response to this crisis. Citizens UK are the group behind the landmark legal challenge that resulted in four Syrian refugees entering the UK the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp in January. They have been campaigning on the Syrian crisis for over 18 months and created www.refugees-welcome.org.uk to help coordinate the public’s response.
Speakers include: George Gabriel from Citizens UK and Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, who has worked for UNHCR for 22 years, as Protection and Programme Officer in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the former Yugoslavia, Geneva, New York and the Dominican Republic, and as Representative of the UNHCR in Panama and the United Kingdom.
Following the platform discussion will be an exclusive performance by Mosi Conde. One of the UK’s finest musicians and a griot from Guinea-Conakry, Mosi’s music references tradition with a global sonic-awareness. Known for his creative sparkling kora, Mosi is master of any instrument he plays, creating a storm at major festivals and more intimate settings.
What They Took With Them storytelling workshop with Jenifer Toksvig and Matthew Woodyatt
Wednesday 3 August, 4pm – 5pm. Places are limited.
Baby food, marshmallows, bread that wasn’t fully baked. The men who threw us out wouldn’t let us finish up.
Metal cooking pot to make some dinner for the children. One man only brought a cup.
I’d have been ashamed to ask every day for a cup, just to take a drink of water. People get tired of being asked for things all the time, and eventually they will say no. But now I have my own cup. It gives me independence, no matter where I go.
On Valentine’s Day this year, 36 actors, 6 directors and 7 writers came together to perform Moving Stories at the National Theatre in aid of the United Nations High Commission For Refugees (UNHCR). The final moment was the performance of a prose poem, What They Took With Them written by Jenifer Toksvig, inspired by the things people chose to take with them as they fled.
Join storytellers Jenifer Toksvig and Matthew Woodyatt to make an inventory of the things you would take with you; not just the objects themselves, but the stories, memories and emotions that accompany them.
Bards Without Borders with music from Mr Shapouri
Wednesday 3 August, 7pm – 9.30pm. Places are limited.
Bards Without Borders bend and transcend all borders, be they national, spiritual or literal. They explore how Shakespeare shines a light on our own experiences of loss, joy and displacement. Following an exhilarating show at Rich Mix to mark the 400thanniversary of Shakespeare’s death, members of Bards Without Borders visit Encampmenton the South Bank as part of a ten-date national tour.
Developed by poet and facilitator Laila Sumpton and director Arne Pohlmeier (Two Gents Productions), in association with Platforma/Counterpoints Arts, Bards Without Borders is supported by Arts Council England. The Bards Without Borders poets are: Alia’ Kawalit, Barbara Lopez, Edin Suljic, Fatima Diriye, Freddy Macha, Hamdi Khalif, Haroon O Mahdi, Himali Singh Soin, Lloyd Benjamin, Shamim Azad, Tolu Agbelusi.
Mr Shapouri is an Iranian musician, artist and calligrapher. Part of a musical family, he started playing the santoor when he was ten years old. He has since performed at concerts in Iran, the UK and for Refugee Radio in Brighton. Mr Shapouri will be accompanied by Mr Kourosh Kouchakpour, a chamber music player and teacher who plays the tar, the setar and the tombak (traditional Persian musical instruments). Kourosh is also an International Education and Development activist and a PhD researcher at University of Sussex.
Good Chance Theatre presents Unknown
Friday 5 August, 1.30pm. Places are limited.
Last summer, hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes and homelands to seek refuge in Europe. The scale of this migration shocked the world.
In the last week of May 2016, the week this press release was written, 880 people died crossing the Mediterranean and another 13,000 were rescued. Numbers like these have not been seen since April last year, and sound a warning for the months to come.
The crisis is changing so quickly, it is a huge challenge for humanitarian organisations, politicians and journalists to respond fast enough, let alone artists.
Unknown acknowledges this challenge.
Unknown will be conceived, created and performed by Good Chance across ten days during Encampment, and will seek to respond with immediacy to the situation as it stands at the present time.
Poetry from Exiled Writers Ink
Friday 5 August, 6pm – 7pm. Places are limited.
Exiled Writers Ink is a network of refugee, migrant and exiled writers promoting cross-cultural dialogue through performance, publishing and education. It advocates human rights through literary expression and activism.
Performed by five poets including Nineb Lamassu, of Assyrian Iraqi roots who writes his poetry in the Modern Assyrian language; Shirin Razavian, a Tehran-born British poet who has published five Farsi and English poetry collections in the UK; Suhrab Sirat, a poet, writer and journalist born in the Balkh Province of Afghanistan who moved to the UK in 2014.
Exiled Writers Ink visited the Calais refugee camp in October 2015. Spoken word poets from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Somalia performed poetry in workshops leading to the creation of a collaborative poem. From the response to the event, it became clear that poetry and memory help sustain people in difficult emotional and physical circumstances.
Art, craft, dance and music participatory event
Saturday 6 August, 11am – 2pm. Places are limited.
APOW!, Amazing People of the World, is a group of young people from all over the world who use creative arts, music, poetry, film-making, photography and dancing to build an inclusive community of friendship and belonging. Through this, preconceptions are replaced with a positive and inclusive culture, full of surprises.
Join performers and get involved in creating art, world music and dance in this unique participatory event. Celebrate cultural diversity and explore your own journey in becoming a world citizen, moving away from the idea of ‘us’ and ‘them’ and focusing on friendship and genuine love.
APOW! has previously been in residence at the Southbank Centre for the launch of Benjamin Zephaniah’s book Refugee Boy and at the Adopting Britain festival. APOW! is a project supported by Refugee Youth.
Encampment Closing Night with music from 47SOUL
Sunday 7th August, 8pm. Places are limited.
“47SOUL have crossed over, a bridge from the East to the West.” – BBC World
Join us as we celebrate the people, events and moments that have made up Encampment, explore the legacy of the project and look towards our future together, with music from 47SOUL.
47SOUL combines Debka, the traditional Palestinian street music and dance, with deep electronic beats mixed with the sounds of the Middle East, from Iraqi Choubi to Mijwez. 47SOUL takes these sounds to the global dance floor with analog synthesisers, dub-effects and trance-inducing guitar lines. Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, focus on celebration, freedom and the struggle for equality around the world.
Since forming in Spring 2013, 47SOUL have launched their high energy music in the Middle East, completed two UK summer festival tours, and sold out shows at some of London’s best music venues. Featured on the BBC for inspiring new communities in London, every 47SOUL show unites cultures across borders and explodes into raucous Debka dance.