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Refugee theatre festival to take place in London

Labels by Worklight Theatre will be performed as part of the @Home festival. Photo: Benjamin Borley
Labels by Worklight Theatre will be performed as part of the @Home festival. Photo: Benjamin Borley
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Theatre Delicatessen in London is to hold a free festival of theatre, dance, music and art focusing on the voices of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers.

The @Home Festival will take place across Refugee Week until June 24, and is run in partnership with Southwark Refugee Response.

It aims to challenge existing prejudices about refugees, and to celebrate their talent and the positive impact they have made.

Worklight Theatre will perform Labels, and there will be an immersive installation-based theatre piece from Kintsugi, a collective of artists from both migrant and native British backgrounds.

Latin-American flamenco dancer Cristina Celli will also perform in the premiere of one-woman dance show Unveiling, while Vanessa Woolf and Samra Said will collaborate on a night of storytelling and poetry about Samia Omar, the Somali Olympic runner who died while fleeing to Europe.

Emma Blackman, producer and programmer at Theatre Delicatessen, said: "Theatre Delicatessen is very excited to join the Refugee Week celebrations with the launch of our first festival at the Old Library in Burgess Park.

“In these days of political divide and funding cuts for the arts, it has been a true pleasure curating these events with other Southwark-based organisations, who all had the same goal in mind – offering high quality art and culture to everyone, regardless of their background.”

All festival tickets are free.

Theatre Delicatessen’s Sheffield branch will be organising the Migration Matters Festival, also to coincide with Refugee Week, with other Sheffield-based organisations at various venues throughout the city. It opens on June 20.

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