This year marks 20 years of Refugee Week, and throughout the region, there are plenty of events celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees.
The political climate over the past few years has made such a milestone and celebration extremely pertinent. As migration becomes a tool to vilify a group of people and further right-wing agendas, it’s vital that communities embrace and recognise the amazing contributions of refugees to our culture, food and music – and on Friday 15th June, The Crossings Band will do just that as they head to Gosforth Civic Centre.
Born out of a community music charity working with asylum seekers and refugees, The Crossings Band are guaranteed to bring energy, inescapable joy and pure talent to their live shows as they dance through a set list that will take audiences on a tour of African, Middle Eastern, and Balkan grooves. The contributions to the band not only come from those playing, expertly, but by songs written by people from all over the world in the community music sessions.
“The gig forms part of a wider collection of events at Gosforth Civic Theatre for Refugee Week”
The gig will be alongside theatre workshops ran by Curious Monkey and a performance of a Sudanese theatre piece. The gig forms part of a wider collection of events at Gosforth Civic Theatre for Refugee Week as they are visited by folk singer Jeff Warner and storyteller Matthew Crampton for ‘Human Cargo’ and welcome contemporary dance company Fertile Ground for their show, ‘Fully Grounded’.
If there’s anything that evokes the spirit of community and embracing different cultures it’s a joyous celebration of music and culture and The Crossings Band might just be the gig we all need this month.
Tickets are £5.00 and refugees go free. Visit gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk for further information.