Refugee Week 2022
Refugee Week 2022
Join our Artistic Director Claire Webster Saaremets and Associate Artist Ako Ismail as they look back at our involvement in Refugee Week 2022 in a podcast from our recent Skimstone Radio Broadcast. This is a chance to hear stories from performers with lived refugee experiences who were involved in creating the Minds of Healing Hearts and discover how they express their journey both before and after performing at Newcastle University and at ARC Stockton. Listeners will also be able to hear how audiences responded to our photographic exhibition One Day Changes featuring work by photojournalists Ako Ismail and Shahor Omar which was on display in Newcastle University's Long Gallery from Friday 24 June to Thursday 30 June and much, much more.
You can also find out more about our work with Newcastle University to celebreate refugees' talents and powerful stories through art here.
Our programme for Refugee Week 2022:
Friday 24 June, from 12pm at Newcastle University
Saturday 25 June, from 12.30pm at ARC Stockton
Refugee Week 2022 Events
Refugee Week 2022 is a national festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of people living with lived refugee experiences and people seeking sanctuary. The theme for Refugee Week 2022 is 'Healing'. This year we worked with communities with lived refugee experiences in Stockton to create a new performance piece called Minds of Healing Hearts as well as continuing to work with our Associate Artists Ako Ismail and Shahor Omar to tour their photographic exhibition One Day Changes across the North East.
Friday 24 June, from 12pm
Working with our Artistic Director Claire Webster Saaremets and Lead Musician Peter Saaremets people with lived refugee experiences and people seeking sanctuary who visit St Peter's Church in Stockton upon Tees created their own performance group called The Sun & The Soul Company. This company created Minds of Healing Hearts, a special performance which explores isolation, discovery, a sense of place and identity. This piece was premiered in the garden space outside the entrance to the Fine Art building at Newcastle University on Friday 24 June at 12pm.
Visitors to the FREE event were also able to explore One Day Changes a photographic exhibition by our Associate Artists and photojournalists Ako Ismail and Shahor Omar which documents refugee camps in Iraq and Syria. The exhibition was on display in Newcastle University's Long Gallery from Friday 24 June to Thursday 30 June. There was also the opportunity to see our specially created film The Smell of Apples and hear music commissioned for Skimstone Arts by international Kurdish composer Rzgar Hama Rauf broadcast within the University Arches.
Download a copy of the programme for events that took place on Friday 24 June at Newcastle University here.
Saturday 25 June, 12.30pm to 7pm
ARC Stockton Refugee Week Celebration
To celebrate the rich contribution that people with lived refugee experiences make on Teeside, ARC Stockton welcomed all the communities of Stockton to join them for a special takeover event on Saturday 25 June. Our The Sun & The Soul Company officially started the celebrations by performing their piece Minds of Healing Hearts at 1pm following a speech from the Lord Mayor Councillor Ross Patterson.
This FREE community event was open to anyone who would like to attend and included food, live performances and a cultural marketplace.
To find out more about our Refugee Week events download our information sheet here.