We Cannot Walk Alone

Thursday 17 June, 12.30pm
We Cannot Walk Alone
Presented as part of Refugee Week 2021


Following the success of UNITY Festival 2021 in March 2021 Claire Webster Saaremets and Kema Sikazwe welcomed audiences live via Zoom to take part in a free interactive journey of discovery to explore songs, stories, spoken word and soundscapes created by diverse communities in response to We Cannot Walk Alone the theme for Refugee Week 2021.

Audiences were guided along an animated map and met artists and communities as they shared the work they’d created and what it means to them. We Cannot Walk Alone included uplifting and thoughtful songs, films and stories and a chance to come together to understand refugee and lived experiences from across the globe that recognise the importance of humanity.

This was an opportunity to enjoy work created by Skimstone Arts’ Young Artist Collective and ECHO Artists, the Bosnian community in the North East of England, Friends of the Drop-In for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Sunderland, communities in Byker, the INSPIRE group in the West End of Newcastle, young people at The Bostey Community Centre in Walker as well as partners working with refugee communities from Libya, now in Accra, Ghana who have all worked with Skimstone Arts’ Associate Artists to co-create and devise new work which was shared as part of this special event.

We Cannot Walk Alone, which was broadcast simultaneously via Skimstone Radio, was presented as part of Refugee Week which took place from 14-20 June. This event was made possible with support from Arts Council England, Garfield Weston Foundation, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Newcastle City Council.

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