Talk & Discussion

Refugee Week: Choose Love

18 Jun 2018

 / 6:00pm to 9:00pm
 / Free
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In light of the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week 2018, Second Home has collaborated with Help Refugees to create a programme of events celebrating creative and positive responses to the issues surrounding mass migration.

Monday 18 June, 12:45 – Libreria Language Labs (Libreria)

A weekly initiative run in collaboration with ELATT helping refugees and migrants improve their English & employability skills through conversation and writing workshops. Join us for a conversation class where you can help our students perfect their spoken English. The topic this week will be home. Afterwards there will be a special leather wallet making workshop with TimePiece App and Juta Shoes. Very limited spaces available – RSVP here.

Monday 18 June, 7pm – Human Flow Screening (Holland Park)

An exclusive screening of Ai WeiWei’s heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis. Filmed in 23 countries over the course of a year, Human Flow follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistaamp;n, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.

Wednesday 20 June, 7pm – Creative & Positive Responses to the Refugee Crisis (Holland Park)

A panel discussion celebrating the artists, performers and charity groups who have responded with positivity and creativity to the heart-breaking realities of the Refugee crisis and who continue to spread messages of love, unity and generosity in a time of mass migration, fear and unsettlement.

Panelists include:

Claire Wilson – Founder of Welcome Kitchen & Cinema – a collective of friends and refugee chefs celebrating the cultures and cuisines of our homelands – including Ivory Coast, Libya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Gambia & Palestine.

Rebecca Briley – Team leader of the Flying Seagull's Channel Your Energy project. Flying Seagulls is a troupe of entertainers from UK trying to bring moments of a happy childhood to young refugees.

Baraa Halabieh – Associate Producer of Borderline – a piece of satirical theatre devised and performed by an ensemble of European and refugee artists in response to their experiences of he Calais Jungle. Performer Baraa arrived in the UK in March 2016 as a refugee after travelling across Europe from Syria. Baraa is an Ambassador for Counterpoints Arts' Refugee Week

18 – 22 June – Imad's Syrian Kitchen Takeover (Holland Park)

Successful Syrian restauranteur Imad Alarnab takes over our beautiful courtyard cafe for Refugee week. He’ll be serving a different Syrian specialties everyday.

Choose Love Mural

For Refugee Week 2018, we've been working on a special creative collision with members Help Refugees and Spacehive to commission a mural on Hanbury Street opposite Second Home.

The mural will be designed by Iranian refugee artist Majid Adin and will feature Katharine Hamnett's bold Choose Love typography.

You can support us by donating to our Spacehive application here