Norwich venue set to host refugee fundraiser
09:06 16 September 2015
A special music fundraiser to help those caught up in the international refugee crisis is set to be held in Norwich later this month.
Norwich Arts Centre and the Fine City Blues festival are joining forces to present SUPPORT: A Refugee Crisis Fundraiser at the St Benedicts Street venue on September 22.
All money raised will be divided between the Red Cross, which delivers support to refugees in Norfolk and across the UK, and The Bridge Plus+, a small Norwich-based organisation which supports and advises refugees with their transition into the local community.
The fundraiser comes as thousands of refugees are making often perilous journeys to reach Europe. Many are fleeing conflict in Syria but others are coming from places such as Afghanistan, Eritrea and Kosovo.
Fine City Blues organiser Steve Morphew said: “SUPPORT is a response to the crisis and people wanting to do what they can to help refugees. Using music for fundraising is well established. The Blues tradition is grounded in migration and oppression but the music is uplifting. It will be a great night for a good cause. The money raised will go directly to charities working locally and globally that know how to make a difference. We can’t solve the refugee crisis but we can support those enduring the traumas and those best placed to help them.”
The night will feature four Blues and Roots acts who are playing for free to support the cause - London troubadour Sean Taylor will be joined by local Blues recording artists Dove and Boweevil, Dave Thomas All Stars, and The Shunters.
Poet Luke Wright - who recently won two awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - has been commissioned by Norwich Arts Centre to write a piece of poetry in response to the crisis, and will also perform this on the night.
Norwich Arts Centre director Pasco-Q Kevlin said: “We are all looking for an opportunity to support those refugees that are currently in crisis. Norwich Arts Centre is doing what it does best, putting on a great evening of entertainment with some fantastic partners and artists. We look forward to seeing you there.”
SUPPORT : A Refugee Crisis Fundraiser is at Norwich Arts Centre on Tuesday, September 22. Tickets £2-£20. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.norwichartscentre.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 660352.
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