Fundraising Exhibition and Event at The Ritzy Cinema, Brixton, London
We are holding a fundraising exhibition and event for The Refugee Support Network Upstairs at The Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, London, on 3rd October 2017:
The evening will celebrate the shared heritage, beauty and important human developments from the regions represented in the artworks on this website, through music and spoken word, including performances by the folklorist and vocalist Dr Sadi Al-Hadithi, Stef Conner and The Mixed Up Chorus.
We are really pleased to also be collaborating with the Baghdad based musician Ameen Mokdad for part of the event.
Please note: This is project does not espouse any religious or political views
Object Matching for The Refugee Support Network
In 2016 we “matched” our friends and family with objects inspired by The British Museum's collection from the Middle East.
In return for a donation to the Refugee Support Network, we provided a unique drawing of a specially selected object, plus a personalised write-up about it including its history and why it was chosen, based on a theme or dilemma the donor provided.
The Refugee Support Network are a fantastic charity who work with young people affected by displacement and crisis, enabling them to access, remain and progress in education. Many of these children have become disconnected from their past with loss of family, friends, home, possessions, status, language and culture. Their immediate past is mostly one of trying to survive violence and terror, arriving in the UK with an accompanying loss of identity.
The Refugee Support Network's programmes help young people to achieve their educational potential. They invest in education because they believe it creates hope for a future, both for the young people they work with in the UK and for those who remain in, or return to, regions of the world affected by displacement and crisis.
Much of our awareness of the countries The Refugee Support Network gets it's referrals from centres on the modern political situation. The Middle East was home to the earliest known civilisation, and is an area that inspired some of the most important developments in human history including the invention of the wheel, the first cities, the planting of the first cereal crops and the development of cursive script, astronomy and agriculture. Their mathematical system established the way time is measured in minutes and seconds, The area known as Mesopotamia was known in antiquity as a seat of learning, the origins of philosophy can be traced back to here, it is where the first library originated and where Gilgamesh the oldest written story in the world was first written. It created a template for modern world.
Post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression are common amongst the children the Refugee Support Network works with. We are raising funds to provide opportunities for them to develop confidence in themselves and their abilities and hope for a better future, through positive engagement with their rich heritage. By being able to connect with the past they may also be able to begin to think about a better future.
You can make a donation and find out more about the brilliant work of the Refugee Support Network here:
If you have any questions or comments we would really love to hear from you! You can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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