23 Jun 2018 - 4 Apr 2020 / 18:00 to 21:00

These Walls Must Fall

Image: Hejira


An event organised by friends at Quakers in Britain, in collaboration with Right to Remain, Detention Action, Student Action for Refugees, and us.

This event is curated as an antidote to the current climate of ‘hostile environment’ where the borders seem to have moved right into our democratic structures, where services people interact with on daily bases have become sites of the border. It is an invitation to join the movement of all those showing solidarity with one another; campaigning for change; and exercising their rights to live lives of dignity.

As part of Refugee Week 2018, our partners will be celebrating people’s resistance to these injustices – and creating a space that strengthens our collective capacity to overcome fear and mistrust. Instead, we hope to transform our communities to become beacons of welcome and hospitality.

Join Quakers in Britain on Saturday 23rd June to hear from poets and musicians who are at the forefront of forging creative responses, based on kindness and common humanity, to global economic inequality, climate change, and militarisation. There will also be the chance to hear from grassroots organisations at the heart of building a culture of welcome – and find out more about how you can get involved in the growing racial justice movement.


Hejira are a five-piece London band partly named after Joni Mitchell’s 1976 album, and partly after the Arabic word for “flight or journey to a more desirable place”.

JJ Bola is an established writer and poet. He has written three collections: Elevate (2012), Daughter of the Sun (2014) and WORD (2015), and is the author of No Place to Call Home. He writes on themes related to migration, race and borders.

The Nawi Collective are a London-based black women’s vocal collective who sing for justice to reclaim their time and for their ancestors.

Selina Nwulu was the young poet laureate for London who work touches on social and environmental justice as well as identity, nostalgia and belonging.

Bards Without Borders are a refugee and migrant poetry collective who have toured their performance responding to Shakespeare across the country and are now investigating the theme of ‘patriotism.’

** This event is FREE for people from migrant and refugee backgrounds **

23 Jun 2018 - 4 Apr 2020
18:00 to 21:00

Quakers of Britain, Friends House 173 Euston Road London NW1 2BJ United Kingdom


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