Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. The theme this year is compassion. It’s taking place 19-25 June 2023, with World Refugee Day itself on Tuesday 20 June.
On Tuesday 20 June Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees is holding a film night at The Stag as our contribution towards Refugee Week, and to mark SWR being one of Sevenoaks Mayor Claire Shea's charities for the year. We’re showing the animated film 'The Breadwinner', described by Mark Kermode in a 5-star review in the Guardian as an “Oscar-nominated marvel from Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon, the studio behind The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. An Irish-Canadian-Luxembourgish co-production, adapted from Deborah Ellis’s much-loved YA novel, it’s a tale of youthful fortitude in Taliban-era Afghanistan that has something of the defiant feminist spirit of the French-Iranian gem Persepolis.” The Breadwinner was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes and the Oscars. Hollywood star Angelina Jolie backed the project as Executive Producer and was directed by the Irish filmmaker Nora Twomey.
The film starts at 8:00 pm. You can see the trailer here.
Tickets are £15, available from the Stag box office here. The film is 89 minutes long and is rated 12A.
The bar will be open from 7:00 pm, so please join us for a drink to mark SWR being selected as Charity of The Year by Town Mayor Cllr Claire Shea. The usual Stag bar prices will apply. Artworks by Ukrainian Sevenoaks School student Nikita Ivaniuta will be exhibited and available to purchase. All families, volunteers and supporters are invited and are very welcome.
Please download and share our flyer.
With many thanks to our Primary Sponsor for the evening:
Join us in supporting Magic for Smiles at Christmas 2020
PREVIOUS EVENT: This Christmas, we’ll be fundraising for Magic for Smiles, a small charity dedicated to bringing joy to child refugees around the world. Join us for an extra special, virtual magic show (via Zoom) for adults and children on Friday 18 December.
The show will be interactive and fun for all the family. Magic for Smiles relies on donations so all funds raised will go towards sustaining future activities. Just £10 can help the delivery of another magic session or show for vulnerable children.
Magic for Smiles uses magic as a tool for enhancing the wellbeing of vulnerable, often traumatised children, primarily in the Middle East (pre-COVID) and now also in the UK. The charity provides magic shows and magic workshops in Arabic and English.
Whilst these activities are normally of course face to face, Magic for Smiles is currently working online and the children still love the opportunity for the joy, stress relief and other emotional, cognitive, and social benefits from magic after the brutal experience of war or other traumas - the smiles speak for themselves!
Come along to the unique experience of a magic Zoom show for all the family on Friday 18 December 6.30 - 7.30 pm (UK) - everyone including children is welcome.
Book your tickets on Eventbrite here.
Magic for Smiles : Dec 2020
PREVIOUS EVENT: This Christmas, we’re fundraising for Magic for Smiles, a small charity dedicated to bringing joy to child refugees around the world.
Join us for an extra special, virtual magic show (via Zoom) for adults and children on Friday 18 December.
Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees presents Ayman Jarjour and Maya Youssef
Online concert: June 2020
PREVIOUS EVENT: Internationally renowned Syrian classical guitarist Ayman Jarjour has performed worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall in New York, and studied in Madrid and Juilliard. Ayman returns to support Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees with a varied programme including Classical, Spanish, Latin, Modern and Syrian music.
Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘queen of the qanun,’ (BBC) the 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. For her, the act of playing music is the opposite of death and destruction; it is a life- and hope-affirming act and an antidote to what is happening, not only in Syria, but in the whole world. Her debut album ‘Syrian Dreams’ was highly-acclaimed around the world and has led to her performing on prestigious stages such as the BBC Proms and receiving a number of prestigious awards including her highest honour, the Year 6 class of Dalmain Primary School in London being named ‘Youssef’ in recognition of her inspirational work.
This is a fundraising concert to help support refugees resettling in the Sevenoaks District Council area as part of the Government's UK Resettlement Scheme. Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees registered charity number 1184120.
Image credits: Jillian Edelstein (L); Samantha Lord (R)