Refugee Week Session

Thursday 22 June 2023

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Bus strikes are planned on Thursday 22 June 2023, please leave extra time for your journey.

Join us for a celebration of connection and collaboration featuring musicians from around the world who are now based in our region. This relaxing evening will feature short performances by talented musicians from the refugee and asylum seeker community in West Yorkshire.

Opera North has been a Theatre of Sanctuary since 2018, in recognition of its ongoing work to make refugees and asylum seekers feel welcome. We are delighted to present this event as part of Refugee Week, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

This event is free to attend. If you are able to, consider making a donation while booking your ticket, you’ll be helping us to continue creating opportunities for everyone in our community to engage with the arts and share in the extraordinary power of music.

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Hind and the Jaffa Cakes
Return of the Halifax/Hebden Bridge-based group of musicians from different countries and backgrounds who have been meeting at St. Augustine’s Centre in Halifax to share music with each other.

Babak Mirsalari aka supermarket saint
In his Opera North Resonance residency earlier this year, Iranian composer, collaborator and performer Babak told the story of his experience as an immigrant through music and field recordings. He returns to his collaboration with drummer Kevin Clark and visual artist Nikta Mohammadi to present a live take on the project, Leave to Remain.

Amir Behmanesh
Persian singer Amir Behmanesh will premiere two new pieces written for him and a six-piece ensemble by composer, Farshad Mohammadi.

Based on the poetry of Khayyam, an 11th-century poet, philosopher, and astronomer, the new works weave together traditional Persian melodies with contemporary interpretations, creating a captivating world of lyrical beauty and enchanting melodies.

Also Spoken Word!

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Refugee Week Session

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