Category Archives: events and seminars

Proving Torture – 29 June, 19:00

What is Torture?
This is not a rhetorical question.
Asylum decisions depend on how torture is defined.
But definitions seem to be much more flexible than what you would imagine. As policies change, words change too.

Come to the Brighton launch of the Freedom from Torture report on ‘Proving Torture – the Asylum Maze’ to learn more about the current asylum policies and methods and their effects.

6.30 for 7.00pm start
Chapel Royal, North Street, Brighton BN1 1EA

The event is jointly organised by MARS and the Brighton & Hove Freedom from Torture Supporters


Refugee Film Festival

Who are the ‘refugees’ and what are their stories? How does the UK treat refugees and migrants? Which communities have provided shelter and offered support? What needs to change to solve the refugee ‘crisis’?

The Migrant And Refugee Solidarity group (MARS) at the University of Brighton organises this May a mini film festival in collaboration with migrant and refugee artists, activists and other local groups. All events will combine film screenings with talks and debates.

12 May, 19:00: Soccer My Saviour (2016) by Kyri Evangelou. This short documentary tells Rwandan football player’s Eric Murangwa’s story of survival in the genocide of 1994, how football saved Eric’s life, and how after the genocide he set up Football for Hope, Peace and Unity (FHPU). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the role of football in building tolerance and social cohesion both in the UK and overseas with the film’s star, Eric Murangwa, and the director, Kyri Evangelou. See the trailer for more details.

19 May, 19:00: Did you know that Gatwick hosts one of the biggest detention camps of the UK? BAD (Brighton Against Detention) are organising the festival’s second event around the catastrophic effects of UK asylum policy and what can be done about it. There will be three films: Working Illegally, Dear Jane, and Hidden Stories. Between the films there will be discussion with representatives of the ex-detainees’ All Women’s Africa Group. There will be information – and hopefully a debate – about can be done to address the immediate problems of detention.

26 May, 19:00: For the end of our short festival we have saved the premiere of a documentary film on a local art-community project: Homes for Refugees. What do refugees need to feel at home? What spaces can we create for refugees within local communities? What types of houses could we design? What buildings could be used? What structures could we build? What should they contain? Over the last months our home artists and activists are asking the local community to discuss those issues effecting both refugees looking for safe homes and existing inhabitants who may feel their communities are changing. Homes for Refugees is the film recording Brighton’s reply to the above questions.

All our events are FREE, open to all, and for educational purposes.
Screenings take place in room G7, at the ground floor of 10-11 Pavilion Parade. ( not wheelchair accessible – BN2 1RA – opposite the Pavilion and next to the Marlborough pub)

A related event, supported by MARS is the Global Opportunities Film Fundraiser on 23 May, organised in support of the University of Brighton’s Global Opportunities Scholarship programme, screening a series of short films which explore the dangers of fleeing to the UK. This is a FREE event but there is a suggested donation of £5.27 which is the UK daily allowance for asylum seekers and will be directed to the Global Opportunities Scholarship fund. (23 May at 18:00–20:30, at the University of Brighton Edward Street building)

Homes for Refugees – 15th February, 17:00

A University of Brighton and Hummingbird Art Project
5pm Wednesday 15th February
M2 Grand Parade, University of Brighton
imagine, create, design, draw, paint, make, assemble …
Homes for Refugees
… and become part of the Brighton Fringe Festival
In this creative project to envision homes for refugees, we want to offer a friendly and welcoming environment and space to talk about the issues effecting both refugees looking for safe homes and existing inhabitants who may feel their communities are changing.
What do refugees need to feel at home?
What spaces can we create for refugees within local communities?
What types of houses could we design? What buildings could be used? What structures could we build?
What should they contain? No art experience is necessary and materials are provided but if you have
No art experience is necessary at all and all materials are provided. But if you have preferred ways of making, do bring your own stuff.

Free Brighton HOPE not hate Community Organising Training

Want to overcome division in your community?
Do you want to transform mistrust and hatred into unity and hope?
Free Brighton HOPE not hate Community Organising Training Course
Date: 15th October. Time: 10am
Hope not hate in Brighton & Hove are putting together a Community Organising training day on Saturday 15th October 2016 and would like to invite any students interested in community organisation. It may be of interest to the students who have community modules and volunteering as part of their courses.

Continue reading Free Brighton HOPE not hate Community Organising Training

Report: A Day of Drawing for Refugee Month

A Day of Drawing in solidarity with Migrants and Refugees: 28th May 2016 at the Dorset Place Gallery

The event involved five workshop activities run by members of the Drawing Research Interest Group.  It was an open event, with no charge, and included a drawing sale.

The day was initiated in the spirit of

and to this extent was experimental in nature. Part of the aim was to find out how we as artists, educators, researchers and students could try to engage with an issue that it is easy to feel helpless about, or overwhelmed by.
The programme was put together on a voluntary basis, the idea being to focus on how our intellectual and creative interests in drawing might be used for migrant and refugee activism, awareness and fund raising.
The drawing sale went on throughout the day and raised £200 for Hummingbird. A body of creative work was produced over the course of the day and in subsequent days.

Donated drawings on display at the pop-up sale:

This report provides a very brief summary of activities and some reflections on the day.  All photographs are by Anna Savage. Continue reading Report: A Day of Drawing for Refugee Month

SPACE 4 ALL festival

Thousand4£1000 to host #SpaceForAll Fundraising Festival 13th August 2016 to support housing for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers

Date: Saturday 13th August 2016
Venue: The Rose Hill Tavern, Rose Hill Terrace, Brighton BN1 4JL
Times: 2pm – 11pm
Tickets: £7 or £5 unwaged, includes an evening meal (vegetarian/vegan-friendly). Available at or in person from the Rose Hill Tavern

Line-up of confirmed musical acts:
Koma Bênav  – Kurdish and Turkish folk music
Harry’s Tricks – Brighton’s futuristic swing ensemble
Sam Berkson – Settled Wanderers feat. Jules Arthur and Nick Wilsdon, poems from Western Sahara
Kora Mbye – Kora music from West Africa
Elsewhere Cinema – Silent films from across the globe
Bryony Bird’s Badge Station
Plus AfroBass DJs -Tropical DJ duo John Warr and Guy Morely playing new and old, rare and scratchy, dance and funk friendly tracks from the African continent and its diaspora. As heard on Totallyradio and Radio Reverb.

The Space for All Festival on August 13th begins at 2pm and goes on til late. As well as music throughout the day there will be games and activities for children in the afternoon, a vegetarian and vegan-friendly meal included in the cost of the ticket, and a raffle. Tickets for the event can be found at or in person from the Rose Hill Tavern.


The festival is to raise awareness of Thousand4£1000’s efforts to house destitute migrants in the city. Thousand4£1000 is reaching out to the local community, asking a thousand people to donate £1 per month (or more!) in a unique micro funding social enterprise. With that income the project plans to provide the rent for secure accommodation for vulnerable migrants in the Brighton and Hove area – people who have been made destitute after arriving in the UK and who without this support have absolutely no means of finding stable and secure accommodation.
Thousand4£1000 began in 2015 and has grown as a response to the increased number of refugees and immigrants coming to the area without support or the ability to build a life.  Rejected or left in limbo by the UK’s immigration system and its ‘border everywhere’ policy, they are not allowed to work or claim state support and are left homeless with no options or means to contribute to society.

“By providing a safe and secure place to live, we can take care of some basic needs to enable this vulnerable community to thrive in the area,” said Jacob Berkson, who is involved in the project. “We had met so many people who were either street homeless or sofa surfing simply because they had the wrong sort of immigration status. By not taking care of these people we are making the problems worse, increasing homelessness and crime. These people have escaped war and persecution to come here to live in safety. If the government won’t help, we can take matters into our own hands and help make our city a safe and welcoming place for everyone.”

To become a supporter of Thousand4£1000 visit and set up a monthly micro-donation.
Thousand41000 is the only migrant housing project that is involving the local community in taking collective action to house vulnerable migrants. Communities can take direct action to assist with basic housing needs for some of the most vulnerable people in society: those who have arrived from persecution or war torn regions. By accepting donations of only £1 per month, Thousand4£1000 can rent accommodation in which these people can have a safe and secure home in the UK. To donate, visit