Raising the Voice of the Rohingya
Following on from the success of Dr Shakur’s Festival of Ideas event, ‘Who are the New Boat People’, and coinciding exhibition from photojournalist Fojit Sheikh Babu, Reverb has invited a collection of local artists to demonstrate some of the lost voices of the Rohingya. From transcribed folk songs, to translations of poems from the camps this will be a dynamic evening of music, poetry, art, film and discussion.
Amnesty International describes the Rohingya as “one of the most persecuted minorities in the world”. They have fled from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh, with almost 60% of the refugees being children, who are all now being faced with deportation, even though they remain stateless, with uncertain futures. It has been observed that there has been very little awareness of this catastrophic human disaster in the Western world.
The event will feature performances from Edge Hill University’s own Dr James Byrne, (Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing), Dr Joaquín Cortés, (Senior Lecturer in Geology), Shehzar Doja (Editor-in-Chief for The Luxembourg Review), International Musician and Composer – Francisco Carrasco, plus more.
Reverb 9: Raising the Voice of the Rohingya will be held at The Arts Centre, Ormskirk, L39 4QP, on Monday 19th November at 7pm. The event is free and requires no booking.
For the full line-up and more information about this event please visit the Reverb website.
To learn more about the Rohingya and how to get involved, please visit: Friendship’s non-governmental organisation.