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HOPE not hate

One Day Without Us Event in Birmingham

posted by: Mahmooda Qureshi | on: Thursday, 23 February 2017, 14:00

Up to 16 organisations in Birmingham came together to organise the event 'One Day Without Us'. The event was coordinated by Hope not Hate, Birmingham.

Community atmosphere in the gallery upstairs where we had stalls from various organisations supporting migrants and refugees

The idea was to bring people of various backgrounds together, to socialise over food from 4-6pm, to socialise, have a few speeches, a few positive stories and be entertained at the end to celebrate the Diversity of our British Culture.

Children enjoying the activities arranged for them

Ridhi and Tim from the Ort Gallery, who hosted the event for us

The food was provided free by the The Real Junk Food Project, Birmingham. The Afghan community made some food for us to share too!

Our Afghan community made some lovely food for us too!

Kitchen of the Cafe

People socialising in the cafe over some lovely food

Someone donated a cake which said 'Peace' on it

We had a short talk by Mary from the TUC, highlighting the important contribution migrants and refugees are making in the workforce, and how we would collapse without their hard work. We had a speech from our Local Birmingham Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality. He enlightened us with what the city council is doing and have done to support migrants and refugees coming to the UK, especially in Birmingham. Other speeches were from ASIRT (Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team), Right to Work UK

Councillor Waseem Zaffar addressing the audience

We had some inspirational stories from people of different backgrounds who have settled in the UK, who are making a positive contribution to British Society. Mohammad Fahim, running a community centre in Walsall from Afghan background, Mirsad, Bosnian, who is a writer and artist, Anand Kumar, a senior physiotherapist in the NHS.

The day ended in the café from 7-9pm with some great, lively entertainment from various groups from all ethnic backgrounds:

The relaxed atmosphere in the cafe. People enjoying the entertainment

7pm Daz Dolczech and Ann Jones will be performed some classic Mamamatrix tunes, along with some revolutionary songs

7:25pm Dave Rodgers, a singer, performer, scriptwriter, songwriter and researcher is a long-time political activist and campaigner shared some of his music with us.

7:50pm Ake Achi from Right2Work sang some of his songs.

8:15pm Celebrating Sanctuary present Seikou Susso and Dan Wilkins playing the kora, a traditional West African Instrument, the 'African Harp'. Celebrating Sanctuary works through the arts to raise awareness of the contributions that refugees make to the UK, in particular to the city of Birmingham.

Celebrating Sanctuary performing their lovely music

Our audience of various backgrounds

It turned out to be such a great event, supported by so many people. We felt the love going beyond race, religion and culture!

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