An evening with musician Marouf Majidi
Thursday 18 June
Spend an evening in the company of the brilliant Persian classical musician and composer Marouf Majidi. The accomplished Kurdish Tanbur, Persian Tar and guitar player will tell the journey of his own migration to Europe through song and conversation with Josephine Burton.
This special concert is hosted by the charity, Home, which raises much needed funds to support refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. They do so through gigs like this, which give audiences the chance to encounter exceptional musicians and their stories, in the intimacy of a home environment. Or in this case, your own home.
Live artist music videos: Nyaruach and MC Tardast
Thursday 18 June
Hear from these two remarkable musicians in exclusive video interviews and performances put together by our friends Counterpoints Arts. First up is South Sudanese singer Nyaruach, sister of hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal, who will join her for a special conversation and performance of their music. Nyaruach is currently seeking asylum in the UK.
She is followed by the Iranian grime MC Tardast, who you may remember from our M.I.A.’s Meltdown festival in 2017, when he performed on our Riverside Terrace with collaborator Farhood. The two friends founded Manteq, a UK based record label which promotes creativity, collaborations and music by young artists and MCs with experiences of displacement. For Refugee Week he performs his new set Mirrors.
Both videos will be streamed on social media by Counterpoints Arts and ourselves – Nyaruach at 7pm, MC Tardast at 8pm. Check the Southbank Centre’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more details.
No Direction (at) Home
Sunday 21 June
As part of last year’s Refugee Week we presented the comedy collective, No Direction Home here at the Southbank Centre. This year, as our venus remain closed, we've teamed up with our friends Counterpoints Arts for a live, on-line comedy night. Hosted by Tom Parry, the bill features stand-up comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds, including Délia Remy, Edin Suljic, Nour-ani Sisserian, Yasmeen Gharwi & Selam Mengistu, with a special guest headline set from Nish Kumar.
The gig takes place on Zoom, starting at 8pm; and you ‘pay what you can afford’ for tickets (suggested £5-£10) Guest list places available for low or zero income.
Get involved in refugee week
As well as these three live events there are a number of other ways you can get involved in Refugee Week at home. We asked our friends at Counterpoints Arts to offer some suggestions for ways families and children in particular could offer their support.
As a charity, we rely on ticket sales for a huge chunk of our income. But now they’ve stopped. And it's a huge worry to us, and the people we work with. We all need the escape of art and culture; it can inspire and unite us. So please – if you can afford to – consider a donation to the Southbank Centre today, to help us be there for you in the future.
The show must go on(line)
Sadly, for everyone’s safety, our venues are currently closed. But you can still get your Southbank Centre fix online. We will continue to share inspiring and thought-provoking arts stories through our website and social channels.