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Celebrating Sanctuary London, South Bank

Celebrating Sanctuary London launches Refugee Week in London with a reduced but still exquisite programme of discussions, musical and spoken word performances, workshops and other activities.

This year's Celebrating Sanctuary London on the South Bank will be a smaller event, revolving around our new commission, The Embassy for Refugees by Natasha Reid. The Embasy will host a range of discussions around the theme of sanctuary in arts, architecture, history and law, as well as a small but exquisite programme of spoken word and music performances.

The talks will have limited spaces so do come back to book a place here, we will be uploading eventbrite links very soon.


The Embassy for Refugees is a new commission by for Celebrating Sanctuary London. The artist, Natasha Reid, weaves art practice, architecture, design, human rights advocacy and participatory methods in this deliberate re-construction of the ‘typology’ of the Embassy building. In creating this physical hybrid, Reid questions and extends the application of ‘diplomacy’ in relation to the global realities of refugees together with humanitarian and legal principles associated with concepts of sanctuary. Constructed and curated in the style of the public ‘pavilion’, ‘The Embassy for Refugees’ acts as both catalyst and mediator for a range of cross-community dialogues and happenings - functioning as both participatory learning site and public provocation.


Sam Carter (UK) and Lucky Moyo (Zimbabwe) - A new collaboration between the acclaimed young British guitarist, song writer (and BBC Folk Award winner for Best Newcomer in 2010) and Zimbabwean choral musician, song writer and arts lobbyist.‎

Etran Finatawa - African desert blues four piece, promoting their new, mesmerising album The Sahara Sessions.

Sarah Yaseen - an acoustic session with this exciting Manchester based songstress.

Spoken Word - we are confirming acts at the moment, more info to follow.


Edible Histories - artist Orly Orbach has been commissioned to deliver her 'baking' history workshop. Orly will be inviting participants to explore refugee experience related historical scenes and figures using baking techniques and beautifully carved moulds. Lots fo fun to be had with dough, moulds and rolling pins and visitors shoudl be able to 'take away' and bake their results.

Seeking Sanctuary Board Game - Jana Gigl and Christina Olivieri developed the board game to 'help people role play and understand the position of asylum seekers in the UK'. They will deliver workshops and 'play' their beautifully designed game throughout the day.

Refugee Week stall - come and chat to us about our work, other happenings during this year's Refugee Week UK, how to engage with this year's theme of 'Our History and Heritage'.

Simple Acts - we will ask visitors to get involved with our work via 'Do the quiz on refugees', 'Visit a Refugee Week event', 'Find out who you really are' and 'Find an object that tells a story of migration' simple acts are fun, quick and to us invaluable ways to collect stories and engage with supporters and visitors. And as we allways say - go on and act! Thank you

Refugee Week Partners

Our partners will be present at South Bank with a number of informative, interesting and engaging stalls and workshops, including Refugee Council, UNHCR, Refugee Action, Amnesty International, British Red Cross, Freedom from Torture, STAR Network...

A number of other organisations and crafts people who join us every year return again to offer information about their work, their ware and ongoing support to our cause.

If your organisation would like to book a stall please download an application form here Complete the general and Celebrating Sanctuary sections and forward it to Helen Wilding at and Sophie Branscombe at

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Celebrating Sanctuary London on the South Bank is brought to you in association with the Coin Street Festival. Coin Street Festival is programmed and managed by Coin Street Community Builders in association with Thames Festival Trust. Visit Coin Street Community Builders' website here

Time From 14:00 to 19:00
VenueBernie Spain Gardens (next to Oxo Tower Wharf)
Upper Ground
OrganiserCSL and Refugee Week London
CategoryArts and Culture