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SESSION LINE-UP

  • Choose Love - Help Refugees

  • Professor David Herd

  • Maya Youssef

  • Daze Aghani

  • Shingai -  performance

Location: House of St Barnabas

THIS SESSION WILL SET OUT TO HELP US UNDERSTAND THE REFUGEE CRISIS AND HOW WE CAN GET MORE INVOLVED IN SOLVING THIS GLOBAL CRISIS. HELPING US BREAK DOWN THE BARRIERS AND BECOME A MORE WELCOMING SOCIETY.

YOU WILL ALSO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DONATE TO HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS CHARITY WHO HOSTED THE EVENT AT THIER HOUSE IN SOHO 

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MAYA YOUSSEF SPEAKER, PERFORMER, MUSICIAN 

 

SPEAKER, COMPOSER AND VIRTUOSO OF THE QANUN: DISSEMINATING PEACE THROUGH THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC. 

 

THE WAR STARTED MAYA’S HOMELAND IN 2011. FROM THAT POINT ON MAKING MUSIC WAS NO LONGER A CHOICE, IT WAS A CRUCIAL MEANS TO EXPRESS AND COME TO TERMS WITH INTENSE FEELINGS OF LOSS AND SADNESS FROM SEEING MY PEOPLE SUFFER AND MY HOMELAND DESTROYED. ON A HOT SUMMER'S AFTERNOON IN LONDON IN 2012 MAYA WAS WATCHING THE NEWS. AT THE TIME SHE WRITES SHE  FELT OVERWHELMED AND AT THAT POINT SHE HELD HER QANUN AND 'SYRIAN DREAMS' WAS WRITTEN IN THAT MOMENT.  THAT WAS THE VERY FIRST PIECE OF MUSIC SHE WROTE.

 

NOW BASED IN THE UK, MAYA YOUSSEF IS HAILED AS ‘QUEEN OF THE QANUN,’ THE 78-STRINGED MIDDLE EASTERN PLUCKED ZITHER. MAYA’S INTENSE AND THOUGHTFUL MUSIC IS ROOTED IN THE ARABIC CLASSICAL TRADITION BUT FORGES PATHWAYS INTO JAZZ, WESTERN CLASSICAL AND LATIN STYLES. IT EXPLORES THE EMOTIONAL AND HEALING QUALITIES OF MUSIC. 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.

PHILLI BOYLE

CHOOSE LOVE, HELP REFUGEES 

DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF PARTNERSHIPS - 

 

PHILLI BOYLE, DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF PARTNERSHIPS OF THE AMAZING CHARITY CHOOSE LOVE, WHO IN JUST FIVE YEARS, CHOOSE LOVE HAVE REACHED ONE MILLION REFUGEES AND RAISED TENS OF MILLIONS FOR NEARLY 150 ORGANISATIONS PROVIDING VITAL SUPPORT AT EVERY STAGE ALONG MIGRATION ROUTES. 

CHOOSE LOVE DOES WHATEVER IT TAKES TO PROVIDE REFUGEES AND DISPLACED PEOPLE WITH EVERYTHING FROM LIFESAVING SEARCH AND RESCUE BOATS TO FOOD AND LEGAL ADVICE. THEY ELEVATE THE VOICES AND VISIBILITY OF REFUGEES AND GALVANISE PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR AGILE COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS PROVIDING VITAL SUPPORT TO REFUGEES ALONG MIGRATION ROUTES GLOBALLY.

 

CHOOSE LOVE IS POWERED BY ITS SUPPORTERS AND THEIR VISION - A WORLD THAT CHOOSES LOVE AND JUSTICE EVERY DAY, FOR EVERYONE. 

 

WE LOVE YOU - CHOOSE LOVE.

 

DAZE AGHANI

STUDENT, ACTIVIST, POLITICAL CANDIDATE 

 

WHEN SHE WAS 19 YEARS OLD, SHE STOOD TO BECOME MEP IN THE ELECTIONS AS AN INDEPENDENT FOR EXTINCTION REBELLION, THE CAMPAIGNING AND DIRECT ACTION GROUP FIGHTING AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE. 

DAZE IN THIS SESSION WILL TALK ABOUT HOW THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ARE IMPACTING THE REFUGEE CRISIS LEADING TO AN INCREASE IN PEOPLES BEING DISPLACED BECAUSE OF CLIMATE EMERGENCIES. 

 

DAZE TALKS ABOUT THE AT THE INTERSECTION OF SOCIAL AND CLIMATE ISSUES. LINKING THE DAMAGE TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE EXPLOITATION OF UNDER-DEVELOPED OR POORER COMMUNITIES AND PEOPLES. DISCUSSING REFERENCES TO COLONIAL PAST AND TALKING OF THE WAYS IN WHICH IT HABITUATED AND ENGRAINED ABUSIVE AND COERCIVE TACTICS FOR ECONOMIC GAIN. 

PROFESSOR DAVID HERD

POET, CRITIC, TEACHER

DAVID HERD IS A POET, CRITIC, AND TEACHER HIS RECENT WRITINGS ON THE POLITICS OF HUMAN MOVEMENT HAVE APPEARED IN LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, PARALLAX AND ALMOST ISLAND. HE IS PROFESSOR OF MODERN LITERATURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT, HAS WORKED WITH KENT REFUGEE HELP SINCE 2009, AND IS A COORDINATOR OF REFUGEE TALES-A SERIES OF STORIES THAT SET OUT TO COMMUNICATE THE EXPERIENCES OF THOSE WHO HAVE SOUGHT ASYLUM IN THE UK. WWW.REFUGEETALES.ORG/BOOKS

performance:

SHINGAI

SINGER / SONGWRITER / PERFORMER 

 

WE WILL HAVE A PERFORMANCE FROM SHINGAI, WHO IS AN ADVOCATE OF CHOOSE LOVE CHARITY. SHINGAI IS THE LEGENDARY FRONT WOMAN AND BASSIST OF THE NOISETTES IGNITES A GROUNDBREAKING CHAPTER WITH HER NEW EP, ‘ANCIENT FUTURES’. INSPIRED BY HER SOUTHERN AFRICAN HERITAGE. WITH AN EFFERVESCENT SOUNDSCAPE, HER MUSIC IS FEARLESSLY INFUSED WITH A SOULFUL YET BOISTEROUS ENERGY, MAKING THE MUSIC ELECTRIFYING AND COMPELLING.

HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS

invested in creating a fair & equal society 

THE EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE AT HOUSE OF ST BARNABAS, THE CLUB BRINGS TOGETHER A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE INVESTED IN CREATING A FAIR AND EQUAL SOCIETY, WHILST BREAKING THE CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS THROUGH AN INTEGRATED EMPLOYMENT ACADEMY.

 

THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MEMBERS’ CLUB AND EMPLOYMENT ACADEMY EXIST TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS. HOSB'S APPROACH IS DRIVEN BY THE  MISSION; 

 

'TO CREATE THE STRONGEST COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE INVESTED IN CREATING A FAIR AND EQUAL SOCIETY, AND A FUTURE WHERE LASTING WORK IS A REALITY FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY HOMELESSNESS.'