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Sanctuary Festival 2022



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



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



Liban Coast

Mamma Putts

Sloe Drinks

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

Transition Town

Extinction Rebellion

East Sussex Library Service

Ark Alexandra Academy

Arts on Prescription

Bohemia Walled Garden

St Michael’s Hospice


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