SUNDAY 26 JUNE
Sanctuary Festival sends a simple message of welcome to all, with some of Hastings’ best musicians and artists once again showing their support for the act of seeking sanctuary. Organised by Hastings Community of Sanctuary, hosted by Hastings Museum & Art Gallery and raising funds for Hastings Supports Refugees, the festival celebrates the power of community, of creativity and of hope. The event comes at the end of Refugee Week, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. The Refugee Week theme this year is ‘Healing’ and the festival will be exploring healing through creativity and nature.
12:00 – 12:35 DJ Remi Vibesman (and throughout the day)
12:40 – 13:00 Izzy Withers
13:10 – 13:40 Jiggery Pokery
13:40 – 14:00 Sun Shall Rise, Barefoot Opera
14:10 – 14:40 Jamal & Alaa
14:50 – 15:20 Gail Edmunds
15:40 – 16:00 Ashburnham International Choir
16:10 – 17:10 Romany Diamonds (music and dancing)
17:30 – 17:40 Beni Issac Bafwafwa, Ark Alexandra School
17:50 – 18:00 Shady Pines & Beccy Byrne
18:10 – 18:50 Plunk
IN THE GARDEN
Activities for all ages
13:00 – 13:45 Magic Show – Laurie Temple
14:00 – 14:45 Music & Stories – Ed Boxall
15:00 – 15:45 Drumming with Julian Humphries
16:00 – 16:45 Storytelling – Troubadour Tales
17:00 – 17:45 Drumming with Julian Humphries
13:00 – 14:00 Routes to Healing – in the Durbar Hall inside the museum
How do people heal from traumatic events like war, displacement and torture that most of us can’t begin to imagine? Community, creativity and nature are vital routes for many, and this panel discussion will share local, national and international perspectives on the human ability to heal and start again and what we can learn from the resilience of refugees.
Our panel includes Martha Kubiniec, UN High Commission for Refugees, Dr Jo Shawcross (Freedom From Torture) and Christine Harmer-Brown (writer and Trustee of The Refugee Buddy Project), Chaired by Dr Rebecca Sinker (Creative Consultant and Trustee of the Institute of International Visual Arts)
14:00 – 15:00 Plants of the Forager’s Garden – in the Bohemia Walled Garden
Come and see and taste some of the plants of the forager’s garden, with permaculture designer, Anna Locke. Find out which plants heal us and which help the ecosystem, plus how this garden was created and can be easily repeated at home!
15:30 – 16:30 Opposing the Rwanda Plan – in the Durbar Hall inside the museum
The government’s plan to send refugees arriving by so called illegal means to Rwanda already has a wide coalition of voices rallied against it. Come and hear about the latest national strategy and activity from Bella Sankey, Director of Detention Action, Simon Hester from Hastings Stand Up to Racism and Alex N’Tung, a consultant from the DR Congo, and join a discussion on what action we can take locally. Chaired by Dr Felicity Laurence, who instigated Hastings joining the City of Sanctuary movement.
13:00 – 14:00 Bohemia Walled Garden Tour (sign up at their stall)
13:00 – 14:30 Football Session 1 (meet at the Welcome Tent)
15:00 – 16:00 Bohemia Walled Garden Tour
15:00 – 16:30 Epiphany Sound Portraits
(limited spaces, sign up at the Welcome Tent)
15:00 – 16:30 Football Session 2
16:00 – 17:00 Bohemia Walled Garden Tour
17:00 – 18:00 Epiphany Sound Portraits
DROP IN ACTIVITIES, around the museum grounds
12:00 – 16:00
Responses to Nature – artist Sarah Evans is interested in how we find healing in nature. She will be creating an installation from people’s responses and you will find her under the trees in front of the Museum entrance.
13:00 – 16:00
Flash Portraits – a rolling team of artists will be on hand to capture your likeness and raise funds for Hastings Supports Refugees.
13:00 – 16:00
Afri-Co-Lab are inviting you toPatch & Mend to give clothes a new lease of life. Bring an item with you and learn the magic of visible mending.
Plus soft play with Wriggles & Giggles and Face Painting with Karen Haskell
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Van
Hastings Community of Sanctuary
Hastings Supports Refugees
The Refugee Buddy Project
Freedom From Torture East Sussex / Amnesty
Hastings Stand Up to Racism
Homes for Ukraine East Sussex support group
Palestine Solidarity Campaign with Friends of Al-Mawasi
Employment Resettlement Programme
Hastings & Rother Rainbow Alliance
East Sussex Library Service
Ark Alexandra Academy
Arts on Prescription
Bohemia Walled Garden
St Michael’s Hospice