World Refugee Day 2020: Distant but Together
On June 20 MAP BC hosted its very first online celebration of World Refugee Day. Through music, poetry and story hundreds of supporters across the world celebrated the talents and contributions of refugees in our communities.
With the theme "Distant but Together", the celebration recognized the distances refugees come to find safety in Canada often leaving their families and friends far away. At the same time the necessarily online event celebrated the community that has been created here in British Columbia to bring us all together - despite social distancing. COVID-19 is a reality for everyone, but what pulls us apart, actually brings us together.
Here are some moments from that wonderful celebration. Enjoy the artists, support their work and find out more about them on their various social media platforms.
Till this time next year!
Welcome by Mariana Vieyra Martinez, Co-Chair MAP BC
World Refugee Day Proclamation by the Mayor of Vancouver
Hassan Al Kontar - the Man at the Airport
Find out more at: www.manattheairport.com
University of Victoria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x5295lfVDk
Tamanya-Waka, International Reggae Artist
More videos at:
Connect on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TamanyaWaka/
Rawan Moon, Refugee and Poet
Panel Discussion: Helping Refugees During the Pandemic
Sari Alesh, Internationally Recognized Violinist
Khatira, Poet, Visual Artist and Student
Saied Kooshki, Musician and Singer
Jorge and Araphat: A story of friendship
Hosam Falouji, Band from Gaza, Palestine
Vocals: Hosam Falouji
Technical supervisor: Anas Al-Najjar
Writer and composer: Rizk Jojo
Qānūn: Firas Al-Sharafi
Clarinet player: Wasim Ali
Keyboardist: Aboud Qassem
Musical rhyme tuning: Mohammed Al-Basha
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNtxiJvdsZ8aKTzToMPxAg
Thank you and Dear Refugee film
June 20: Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch, Vancouver.
MAP’s World Refugee Day celebrations: June 20th at Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch. We really hope you can attend! The event is from 11am-4pm and then in the evening from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm.
Please see registration information below.
As well, in the evening there will be another Starting Over event: a panel focusing on the distinct needs of LGBTQ + refugee claimants, their experiences in Canada, the challenges they faced, the agencies that helped them and where they are now in their Canadian journeys.
This special event will feature Rainbow Refugee and MOSAIC’s ‘I Belong’ program and the photographic exhibition #BreakTheStigma.
Please click on the links below for more information on the event, exact directions, and to register – look forward to seeing you on June 20th! And spread the word!
Get tickets here:
June 20: Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, Abbotsford. 6:30pm.
Inasmuch Community Society would love it if you would come to the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on June 20, 2019 at 7:00pm for the screening of the incredible documentary Inside My Heart.
At the peak of the refugee and migrant crisis, three families are forced to flee war-torn Syria and Afghanistan, seeking safe harbour on foreign shores. Having witnessed unthinkable atrocities and had the lives they’ve known taken away, these people – mothers, fathers, sons and daughters – show remarkable resilience as they fight for survival.
The fly-on-the-wall techniques used in the film allow us to witness the families’ frustrations over the course of three years and better understand the hopes they have for their children.
Inside My Heart – made by Debra Kellner and produced by Frank Giustra, Serge Lalou and Richard Copans – was supported by The Giustra Foundation. It shows the real life experience of those forced to flee their homes in search of peace and stability and serves as an artistic piece of encouragement to open our hearts to our global neighbours.
Click the link below to get your tickets – all proceeds will go to Inasmuch Community Society to support and extend their work with refugee claimants.
June 18: Burnaby Public Library, Burnaby. 5:30pm – 8:30pm.