It’s Birmingham’s annual Refugee Week festival:

Celebrating Sanctuary Festival 2017

Saturday 17th June, 1pm – 6.30pm

MAC Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH


To mark the start of Refugee Week 2017, Celebrating Sanctuary will be holding a FREE event for all the family, with live music, spoken word, workshops, stalls and activities. Come on down and join a great day out!

Alongside the performances, there’s a bring and share picnic in Cannon Hill Park: our friends from Amnesty Bournville will have a gazebo there, so pop over and say hello!

Running Order
1pm – 2pm – Hexagon Theatre
Spoken Word and Music – Writers Without Borders with Apha & Dan (from Afro Mio)

2.00pm – 6.30pm – Main Stage (Courtyard or Terrace Gallery if raining)
2.00pm – Nifeco Costa – originally from Guinea Bissau, brings sweet melodious sounds with a groove to make you move!
3.30pm – Afro Mio – from Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and UK – a harmonious blend of rich vocals borne on a wave of rhythmic conga and melodious African guitar and Cora.
4.30pm – Workshop (details to be confirmed)
5.30pm – The Redeemed – hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, create a consummate stage show of music, dance and movement. The Redeemed perform with vibrant energy and the highest artistic quality to create a musical and visual delight, guaranteed to get people dancing!

Stalls and activities in The Foyer

Under 3 hours

… left to vote in #GE2017 in the UK.

Remember those in countries where they have no vote, or where voting against the regime is physically dangerous – or where you can only vote for the regime.

Remember those in the UK who have no vote – asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and others with no voting status. Try   https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/policy_research/the_truth_about_asylum for more about asylum .

Remember those too from other EU countries, whose future is directly affected by coming negotiations, in a country which has still not guaranteed their rights or status.  To see more of their lives and reactions, see https://www.the3million.org.uk/ .

Remember those who have campaigned tirelessly, democratically, to take their candidates’ message to doorsteps and remind people of the choices. We have at least two in our small Amnesty group: so thanks here to Tom and Sarah for their work.

If you have voted, great. If not, there’s still time (just).  If you can’t vote, you are a reminder to others of their responsibilities.

Thank you.


You are warmly invited to our June Meeting where the focus will be:

Getting Ready for Refugee Week & Beyond


Amnesty ‘I Welcome’ action outside the Home Office

Thursday 8th June 2017 at 7:30pm

at Aston University Student Union

Please note the start time is back to normal.  As it’s polling day, we’ll finish promptly at 9pm, to make sure you can get back to your polling station if you need to.

At AmnestyBrum we’ve long been passionate about campaigning for the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers.  ‘I Welcome Refugees’ is currently a major focus for Amnesty worldwide, and we’ll be taking this message to events this summer, including Refugee Week and the Moseley Festival street fair.  We’re delighted to have Trevor Trueman with us to provide a workshop on the campaign and how we can get the public interested and involved.

Everyone is welcome to join us – we look forward to seeing you there.

If it’s you first time, why not drop us an email at amnestybrum@gmail.com so that we know to look out for you and to be extra friendly!  If you’d  like to join us for a friendly chat beforehand we’ll be having  a pre-meeting from 7:00 in the B4 bar (in the basement of the student union)

A non-Amnesty event at University of Birmingham, run by their Centre for the Study of Global Ethics:

Blood Oil, 17:00-18:20, 1st June 2017 at Aston Webb Lecture Theatre, University of Birmingham.

Prof. Leif Wenar (KCL), who will be speaking on themes from his bestselling recent book Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World. Attendance is free and open to all, but registration is strongly encouraged.


As part of Refugee Week ( June 19 – 25 2017)  Wolverhampton Amnesty are putting on the film Fire at Sea, 6pm on Monday 19th June at the Lighthouse, Wolverhampton.

More details in the flyer below




Our friends at Central England Quakers Asylum Group, invite you to:

The Bundle: an Asylum Seeker’s Journey

A play by Journeymen Theatre based on the true story of a Chechen asylum-seeker.

20th Jun 2017, 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm

at Bull St Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull St Birmingham, B4 9PQ

Based closely on the story of a real woman and her three young children, The Bundle follows Adilah’s domestic persecution and denial of human rights in Chechnya.  Removed from her Russian homeland by her Chechen father, abducted into a forced marriage and then subjected to a life of servitude, she takes the ultimate risk in plotting her escape to the UK.  Here she finds a home but also encounters the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ towards
asylum- seekers and refugees.

The play lasts for just over an hour and there will be an opportunity for discussion afterwards. There is no charge, but Journeymen Theatre welcomes donations for organisations working closely with asylum-seekers and refugees in the UK.

Journeymen Theatre is a small-scale touring company which specialises in solo and two-hander productions.

You are warmly invited to our fundraising

Pub Quiz

7:30pm Thursday 22nd June

at Bacchus Bar, Burlington Arcade, New St, Birmingham B2 4JH

Entry £5 per person, all proceeds to AmnestyBrum


Join in with this fun quiz to raise funds for AmnestyBrum’s work for human rights.  Quizmaster Tom will take us through a mixture of general knowledge and Amnesty-themed questions, in the unique underground atmosphere of Bacchus Bar.  You don’t need to have a team ready-formed (although you’re welcome to), you can simply turn up and we’ll get into teams on the night.

All welcome, come along and feel free to bring a friend!