Saturday 5 December 2015, 12.00 – 19.00
Following their successful Arts and Music Fundraiser last month at 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool Welcomes are preparing their second event in support of the current refugee crisis, this time looking to bring asylum seekers and the wider Merseyside community together as one.
At the Bluecoat in Liverpool, there will be a whole day of events looking to bring the city’s public together with asylum seekers. There will be an opportunity to hear from refugees themselves, as well as a chance for the public to ask questions and take part in a day full of fun music and arts activities too.
“The current refugee crisis is now more relevant than ever: after the recent attacks, there’s a misplaced global backlash against refugees, and increasing security concerns” said Juliana Landim from Liverpool Welcomes.
“Whether you’re a refugee/asylum seeker or not, there will be something for you; and it’s all FREE of charge, thanks to all the facilitators who donated their time and skills, as well as the historic Bluecoat, who generously offered all the spaces utilised for a very reduced rate.”
The free activities and workshops will include drumming, singing, dancing, yoga and mindfulness as well as a Market Place where you can find out how to help, learn true facts and figures, and learn about other resources from local groups working with asylum seekers and refugees.
The event will also feature a “Living Library” where attendees can ask questions directly to migrants, a panel discussion with experts on “What is a ‘Liverpool Welcome‘ and how we can sustain it?” and to finish the day there will be live music performances by Science of the Lamps as well as a candle lit vigil.
Liverpool Welcomes have taken inspiration from Ron Atkey, lawyer, professor and national security expert who recently said “The humanitarian need to do more is stronger now than ever. We must try to turn consciousness around, away from a pure security discussion to a humanitarian discussion to share compassionate views and to get the narrative changed.”
Organisers hope that the people of Liverpool will indeed welcome their new neighbours to this event where they can join, connect, learn and share.