World Refugee Day 2020

World Refugee Day 2020

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
Tamanya-Waka, International Reggae Artist
Rawan Moon, Refugee and Poet
Panel Discussion: Helping Refugees During the Pandemic
Sari Alesh, Internationally Recognized Violinist
Khatira, Poet, Visual Artist and Student

Find out more about her poetry and art by emailing:

Saied Kooshki, Musician and Singer
Jorge and Araphat: A story of friendship
Hosam Falouji, Band from Gaza, Palestine

Vocals: Hosam Falouji
Band members:
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:

Thank you and Dear Refugee film