13th June 2017

Our Shared Future: lots of events in Brum

Photo: Joris Louwes

Photo: Joris Louwes CC 2.0 BY

16th – 18th June 2017 is the Great Get Together, followed by Refugee Week 19th-25th June.

The Great Get Together has been started in memory of Jo Cox, in the spirit of her quote “we have more in common than that which divides us.”  Refugee Week has ben runing for many years, showcasing art and culture produced by refugees.  Both are an opportunity to share food, art and culture; get to know people in our community; and celebrate all the good things diversity brings to our city.

Here are some of the events happening over the next two weeks:


Tuesday 20th June

The Bundle: an Asylum Seeker’s Journey

A play by Journeymen Theatre based on the true story of a Chechen asylum-seeker.

7:15pm at Bull St Quaker Meeting House, Birmingham, B4 6AF

Make & Take

Join The Big Sew for two fabulous evenings of Make & Take activities, raising funds for Aegean Solidarity Network.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Loco Lounge, Kings Heath, Birmingham

‘My Place…?’ Exhibition

An exhibition of photography exploring life as a young asylum seeker in Birmingham.

Launch: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Tues 20th June; exhibition runs until 16th July.

The GAP, Birmingham 498-500 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 9AH

Wednesday 21st June

Make & Take

Join The Big Sew for two fabulous evenings of Make & Take activities, raising funds for Aegean Solidarity Network.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Bournville Community Hub, Sycamore Road, B30 2AB

Friday 23rd June

Nifeco Costa – Free Music event as part of Refugee Week

Originally from Guinea Bissau, Nifeco Costa brings sweet melodious sounds with a groove to make you move!

5:00pm in the foyer at Symphony Hall, 8 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EA

Harare – Refugee Week concert

Electrifying urban Zimbabwe dance music reviving the thrill & spirit of the much-loved Bhundu Boys. Harare go for jit-jive & beyond! Tickets £5.

7:30pm at Centrala, Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham, B5 5RT

Saturday 24th June

Afro Mio – Free Music event as part of Refugee Week

Afro Mio (which means ‘my Africa’) is a harmonious blend of rich vocals borne on a wave of rhythmic conga and melodious African guitar.

1:00pm – 3:00pm at Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2ND

Edited now that the Great Get Together has passed.  These were some of the events over the weekend:

Wednesday 14th June

Iftar* – for food conversation and praying together.

7:30 – 10:30pm at St Peter’s Church, off Highfield Road, Hall Green, B28 0BT

Friday 16th June

Iftar* with Selly Oak Quakers

From 9:00pm at Selly Oak Quaker Meeting House, Bristol Rd, B29 6NB

Saturday 17th June

Celebrating Sanctuary

A FREE event for all the family, with live music, spoken word, workshops, stalls and activities. Come on down and join us for a great day out!  There is a shared picnic in Cannon Hill Park.

1:00 – 6.30pm at MAC Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

#aDove4Jo (A Dove for Jo)

Come along to make an origami peace dove and hang it on a tree in Cathedral Square.

12:00 – 3:00pm Birmingham St Phillip’s Cathedral, B3 2QB

The Great Get Together Sandwell

11am-12pm, Sandwell Valley Farm Park Salters Lane, B71 4B West Bromwich

Iftar at The Feast

Come and join us for an evening of great food, great conversation and the chance to make new friends with people of different faiths.

From 8:00pm at The Feast, 10 Court Rd, Birmingham, B11 4LX

Sunday 18th June

The Great Get Togather with Stourbridge Quakers

A bring & share picninc lunch

12:30 – 3:00pm Stourbridge Quaker Meeting House, 37 Scotts Rd, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR

Hope Not Hate Picnic at Cannon Hill Park

People are invited to bring a long some food for you and your family and a little more to share with others.

Feel free to bring games for people can share as well as anything that you feel will be good to use with others. Everything family friendly is welcome!

12:00 – 3:00pm Cannon Hill Park (near the Swans)

Moseley Road Street Iftar

Discover Moseley Road’s organisations and mosques who will be holding Open Doors.

8:30 – 10:30pm Kwik Fit Car Park (Moseley School of Art if raining) Moseley Road, Birmingham, B12 9AH

*Iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan.  Time for Iftars will be about 9:30pm.

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