We had a fabulous evening at the Amberley Parish Rooms 19th July : Celebrate! World Music and Food Many thanks to Amberley Peace and Justice Group for hosting this event, to Lorraine Ayensu Refugee Arts for booking the musicians, and Moveable Feast for the meal. Thanks too to Bristol City of Sanctuary for co-sponsorship and the idea – the concert was part of a series in rural area around Bristol during summer 2018
Over 100 people came to share a wonderful vegetarian Kurdish meal and listen to songs and music on Oud and Saz played and sung by Ali from Sudan, Knud from Germany, Dijwar and Jane from Kurdish Syria. The event raised more than £1000. All profits are going to Bristol Hospitality Network
Comments from the cooks
“So wonderful and exciting to be able to eat, share and celebrate together at Amberley Parish. We made amazing connections and would love to come back!”
Comments from the musicians
It was different from anywhere we have played before. everything was special: the audience, the place. People were really concentrating; everyone looking and listening and moving with the rhythm and the questions were very deep.
And comments from the audience!
“What great beauty from both pairs of musicians, the Sudanese and the Syrian Kurdish, the voices especially – and the Kurdish line dance was irresistible and sent us off very cheerful”.
“It was an inspired evening. it seemed win win to me! We get wonderful authentic music, fabulous food, and a view on a wider world . The refugees get a warm welcome, a shared evening with a local community plus a trip out of Bristol to the countryside and practical support. We are all so much the richer and better informed for this kind of event.”