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Understanding Trauma in Refugee & Migrant Communities


If you work or volunteer with refugees, asylum seekers or other vulnerable migrants then you need to be aware of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the issues of working with trauma. This session is designed to increase our ability to help and reduce the risk of doing harm when working with these communities.

There is a high percentage of PTSD in our local refugee community as a response to experiences such as war, torture and sexual violence, but it is often not diagnosed or treated. PTSD leads to problems with sleep, memory and suicidal ideation. In this session we will focus on recognising and dealing with symptoms, cultural barriers and practical resources.

3.30pm-5.30pm, Monday June 13th in the Conference Room at Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG. Free.




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Gypsy Stars: Refugee Radio Book Launch

Gypsy Stars

Refugee Radio and Best Foot Music Presents:
Gypsy Stars in concert

An evening of Romany Gypsy and Polish culture with the UK’s most established Roma music and dance troupe. Gypsy Stars are a collective of family members and close friends, who have played together for several generations. With their unique mix of violins, accordions and other traditional instruments they have played everywhere from the Olympic Park to Madame Tussauds.

This will be a night of authentic and genuine Roma folk music, offered as an alternative to the usual stereotyping of “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” or gypsy swing cabaret. Support comes from Pollacky, a local band of Polish musicians.

This event is to celebrate the launch of the Refugee Radio Times, a new book on migration, human rights and asylum. The book was the result of a Big Lottery Awards for All community project and was written by a group of refugees and asylum seekers working together with journalists and writers. Copies will be available on the day, as well as the chance to meet with some of the authors.

At the Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UP. Friday 20th June 8pm-11pm. Just £7. Members free.

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  • Refugee Radio is a human rights charity based in Brighton. Charity number 1133554
  • Gypsy Stars are a traditional Roma band from Poland, now settled in the UK. The band play regular concerts, in London and around the UK, including recent shows at Madame Tussauds and the Olympic Park in Stratford. In 2013 the band where the first band from the UK to play the International Festival of Roma Culture in Ciechocinek, Poland. The festival established in 1997 draws a crowd of 20'000 people and is broadcast live on Polish National TV. The band are currently the subject of a documentary, funded by the British Film Institute, and have also recently featured in the Sunday Times culture section.
  • Best Foot Music are a not for profit organisation who program multi-cultural events and recordings of musicians from around the world.



Refugee Radio In Protest

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An evening of poetry and music on the theme of human rights to celebrate the publication of “In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights”. With leading Peruvian poet and musician Sofia Buchuk and the UK poetry slam champion, Keith Jarrett. Also featuring the poets Alia' Afif Kawalit and Stephanie Turner.

Live Iranian music from local master, Mr Shapouri.

At the Red Roaster Café, 1d St James Street, Brighton, BN2 1RE. Friday 11th April 8pm-11pm. £5. Members free.

This event is organised by Keats House Poets and local charity, Refugee Radio.

(Lineup subject to confirmation and change)


  • Keith Jarrett lives and works in London. A former London and UK poetry slam champion, he teaches spoken word in secondary schools and is working on his first novel.
  • Sofia Buchuck is one of London’s most respected Peruvian artists. A musician, poet and painter, Sofia came to the UK at an early age and dedicated herself to training in her craft. She has won numerous awards, including best Latin artist in 2006 and best poet in a foreign language from Farrago Poetry in 2011. She has also recorded many albums and has published her poems in Mexico and the UK.
  • Alia’ Afif Kawalit is a postgraduate research student under the supervision of Professor Janet Montefiore. Some of her poems have been published in Route 57 and Best of Manchester Poets Vol. 2. She was featured in Manchester’s Not Part of Festival, Grey Area Gallery and Margate’s Turner Gallery and co-organised and took part in the literary symposium Hospitality Poetica at Notre Dame University. In addition, she participates in poetry readings around the UK.
  • Mr Shapouri is a master of the Iranian santoor, an ancient stringed instrument used in traditional folk music.
  • The Keats House Poets are a collective of eight poets who regularly meet to share new work and support each others’ poetry careers. As a group the Keats House Poets have organised poetry workshops and performance events at The Keats House Museum, heritage sites, festivals and at the 2012 and 2013 Bloomsbury Festivals. Supported by the Keats House Museum in Hampstead and London’s writers development agency- Spread the Word, this collective individually and collectively run successful workshops, events and poetry projects across the country- inspiring audiences to engage in poetry in new and exciting ways, and love the art form as much as they do!
  • Refugee Radio is a human rights charity based in Brighton. Charity number 1133554

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Events: Refugee Week 2013

Refugee Week 2013

Live Q&A from 9pm on Sunday 23rd June over on Refugee Radio's Facebook page, with volunteers from our Resilience Panel answering questions raised by the issues in tonight's Refugee Radio show at 8pm. This is a special programme to mark the end of Refugee Week 2013 and focuses on mental health.

If you missed the live session you can still post questions throughout June and we will be updating daily.

https://www.facebook.com/ pages/Refugee-Radio/ 154218564646974?fref=ts


Events: Refugee Week 2013

Refugee Week

Tuesday 18th June at 5.30-8.30, Community Base, Queens Road, Brighton. Free

The main event for the evening will be a showing Medyan Dairieh’s ‘Rebels on the Bridge’ which documents the uprisings in both Libya and Syria followed by a Q&A from the film maker.

Following the film they’ll be delicious food from around the world, a short film from RASP, live music and poetry.

This year’s event has been organised by a few groups including Mernet, Youth Action Sussex, Refugee Radio and Community Base.

Previous Events: Refugee Poetry Evening

Refugee Poetry Event

An evening of refugee poetry and music. With leading Sudanese poet Al-Sadiq Al-Raddi; Kate Adams on the poetry of detention; Jade Amoli-Jackson reading from her forthcoming book; and Osama Ahmadani.

Live Kurdish music by Zewa and Heval.

At the Red Roaster Café, 1d St James Street, Brighton, BN2 1RE.

Friday 12th April 8pm-11pm. £5. Members free. All profits go to the Refugee Radio charity.

  • Al-Sadiq Al-Radd has published several collections and is best known for Poem of the Nile. He has been featured in the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books and Poetry Review: http://www.poetrytranslation.org/poets/al-saddiq_al-raddi
  • Kate Adams has recently published her collection, The Cheering Rain, about her work visiting refugees in detention for Kent Refugee Help: http://conversationpoetry.co.uk/pamphlets/the-cheering-rain/
  • Jade Amoli-Jackson is about to publish her first book. She is a poet from Uganda and a long-time volunteer with the Refugee Council.
  • Osama Ahmadani is a peace campaigner and volunteer with refugee charities in Brighton. His work has been featured on Refugee Radio.
  • Zewa and Heval are two young Kurdish musicians. Heval was a member of the legendary Refugee Radio Orchestra.


Previous Events:International Women's Day Workshop

10:00am until 12:45pm
Refugee Radio, Threshold Women's Counselling and Survivors' Network are holding a free workshop for women of all backgrounds who have experienced trauma and those working with them.

The workshop includes creative activities and drama. There will be the chance to share information and positive tips and find out where to access support. You can also take part in a discussion about how to improve accessibility of services for women and make Brighton and Hove a more welcoming place.

The findings of the workshop will be presented on Refugee Radio. Please note this is a women only event, all women welcome.

A free crèche is available by booking with Threshold on 01273 827001.
12A Pavilion Buildings, BN1 1UG Brighton


Previous Events: Sahara Nights

Sahara Nights

Refugee Radio is proud to support the Sahara Nights event with Sandblast Arts.

Date: June 6, 2012, 7:00pm-10:30pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
Venue: Studio-Theatre, Roundhouse, London  Tickets: £15-25

“Studio-Live is a great idea. The music of the Saharawi’s will inspire many to take up their cause and also enjoy their performances. Good luck to the project” Ken Loach (Patron)

On June 6, 2012, the Roundhouse Studio Theatre will be transported to the Sahara under a canopy of authentic tent material made by Saharawi refugee women, hosting a spectacular line up of live music and spoken word acts, supporting music-making for freedom. Featuring special guest artist Aziza Brahim from Western Sahara, the event launches Sandblast’s ambitious music empowerment project  Studio-Live. The initiative aims to engage UK-based musicians, producers, technicians, and music industry specialists in building a Saharawi music industry from scratch in the refugee camps in the Algerian desert.

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Previous Events: Glastonbury Festival

Musicians from Planet Gnawa and the Refugee Radio Orchestra played at the Glastonbury Festival 2011 courtesy of our friends at the international radio and music charity Fairtunes.

Previous Events: Komedia


Moroccan desert blues from Planet Gnawa. With support from Senegalese fusion kings Bakk Lamp Fall. Also starring the Refugee Radio Orchestra, Brighton's own refugee and asylum seeker supergroup.October 2010

Previous Events: Bandstand


Planet Gnawa and Iranian-reggae fusion from the Refugee Radio Orchestra at the seafront Bandstand. This was a joint event with Climate Connections. Planet Gnawa were formed specially for this event. August 2010.

Previous Events: Volks


Live music from Bakk Lamp Fall, a mixture of Senegalese artists and local musicians from Brighton playing groovy African beats. Support was from The Cornerstones with their unique Burundian interpretation of acoustic reggae. June 2010

Previous Events: DRConnect

This was a fundraiser for Goma University in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in association with Hear Afrika, Climate Connections, CDEC and AASULE. Live music from Poetic Pilgrimage, Baba Slips, Mohammed Yahya and Spliff Richard. February 2010.

Previous Events: Steampunk


Indian steampunk with Sunday Driver and friends including Bust the Box DJs on the decks. August 2009.


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Live @ The Bandsttand 2010

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