World Refugee Day: A Night of Music and Storytelling

June 20, 2019


Thursday June 20 2019 • 7:00pm – 8:15pm
Available for live streaming


With the refugee crisis hitting staggering and unprecedented levels, we present a night of dynamic storytelling, performance and conversation, all led by refugees and the organizations that represent them. And it’s all happening on World Refugee Day.

Mirza Ramič, leader of the electronic music outfit Arms and Sleepers — and himself a Bosnian refugee — performs original music inspired by his journey and the war that forever changed his family’s life. Ahmed Badr also performs work inspired by his journey from Iraq, and the world he left behind.

We’ll get to the bottom of pressing questions like: Why are more people migrating now more than ever in recorded history? How hard is it to gain refugee status? If we accept more refugees, what effect does that have on our economy and communities?

Panelists include Andrew Lim, Director of Quantitative Research at New American EconomyEdafe Okporo, leader of the RDJ Refugee Shelter in Harlem; Ninette Kelley, director of UNHCR’s Office in New York; and celebrated Iraqi poet and refugee Faleeha Hassan. WNYC’s Yasmeen Khan hosts.

Learn more here. 

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