Events

Dragon Boat Fundraising Event, Sunday 4 September

We are entering a boat in the Dragon Boat Race fundraising event at Tonbridge on Sunday 4 September. The boat is booked, and so far we have 8 of the 20 rowers that we need signed up. Please let us know if you'd like to take part.

We're asking each rower to pay £22.50 participation fee (which pays for the hire of the awesome Dragon boat) and then fundraise as much as possible through sponsorship, using this JustGiving page. In addition to rowers, we also need a good number of volunteers to run our riverside base camp, and to help with fundraising amongst the crowds on the day. We're hoping to have lots of supporters cheering the rowers on from the riverbank. If you'd like to know more, please email us at sevenoakswelcomesrefugees@gmail.com


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Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees presents ELEKTRA VIOLIN DUO AND Ayman Jarjour

October 2021 - Pamoja Hall, Sevenoaks

PREVIOUS EVENT: A double bill of internationally renowned acts Elektra Violins and Ayman Jarjour, at the magnificent Pamoja Hall, part of The Space Performing Arts Centre at Sevenoaks School.

Join us either in the Pamoja Hall at Sevenoaks School, or view the whole concert online on YouTube.

Our main act this year is the Elektra Violin Duo. Elektra - Hazel Ross and Lizz Lipscombe - bring music of every genre to all and break down any barriers and preconceptions in classical music. Elektra have toured the world, performing and recording with legends such as James Taylor, Jools Holland, Liam Gallagher, Bryn Terfel, Shirley Bassey and many more. Live on stage, they will bring music to life with a high energy and spectacular stage show, combining musical virtuosity with personality, humour and joy. www.elektraviolins.com

We also have Syrian classical guitarist Ayman Jarjour with us again this year. Ayman has performed worldwide, including at the Carnegie Hall in New York, and studied in Madrid and Juilliard. Ayman returns to Sevenoaks with a varied programme including Classical, Spanish, Latin, Modern and Syrian music. An outstandingly accomplished guitarist, Ayman will be performing live and will also talk about his work teaching the guitar to refugee children in Lebanon. www.aymanjarjour.com

Our venue this year is the Pamoja Hall, in Sevenoaks School. Hailed as the best concert hall between the South Bank and the south coast, the Pamoja Hall's state-of-the-art acoustic provides a unique performance space. The auditorium seats up to 440 audience members, with a state-of-the-art screen and projector for video productions.

Join us either in the Pamoja Hall at Sevenoaks School, or view the whole concert online on YouTube.

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.

Elektra Violins

Ayman Jarjour

In the Pamoja Hall, and on...

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)