From War Zone to Sanctuary
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Date(s) - Sat 16 July
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Guildhall



From War Zone to Sanctuary

Bath Welcomes Refugees is to hold its inaugural fundraiser at the Guildhall this weekend with an evening of story through the words of Molly Case, a writer, nurse and spoken word artist; through the lenses of Abbie Trayler-Smith, an award-winning photographer, and Kae Bahar, a film maker whose short films are sweeping the award decks at film festivals all over the world; and through the haunting and beautiful music of Nabra, an oud duo from Bristol. Bath Welcomes Refugees invites you to connect with Kae, Abbie, Molly, and Ali and Knud, who have either suffered, recorded or helped in the on-going refugee crisis.

While this evening is the chance to celebrate what has been achieved here in Bath, thanks to BANES Council and the goodwill of the community, it is also an opportunity to reflect on what is yet to be done and how we can make it happen.

The evening will start with a drinks reception when you can learn of options to help Bath Welcomes Refugees by donating to our cause in terms of time, energy or finance (all equally valuable currencies), when you will be given the chance to win some quality raffle prizes donated by Bath businesses and individuals, and finally when you will have the opportunity to meet our presenters and performers in person. They are:

Molly Case

Molly Case is a spoken word artist, writer and nurse. She achieved international recognition after her poem ‘Nursing the Nation’ gained over 350,000 views on YouTube in a matter of weeks. Molly’s work has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, Elle magazine and Huffington Post, and she was named in the Health Service Journal’s Inspirational Women list and the BBC’s 100 Women list in 2013. Her debut collection of poetry, ‘Underneath the Roses Where I Remembered Everything’ was out last year with Burning Eye Books. Earlier this year Molly travelled to Calais to help in The Jungle. There she was confronted with the harsh realities of flight and frustrated hopes all of which provided her with further material for her writing and poetry.

Kae Bahar

UK based Kurdistan-born Kae Bahar studied in Europe and has worked as a documentary filmmaker and actor. His directorial debut in film drama, I Am Sami, has won over 40 awards in Festivals around the world. A Special Guest, his second fiction film, explores the theme of refugee resettlement from the perspectives of a refugee child and an elderly couple that wish to extend welcome. This film will be released later this year in advance of a feature film, Blindfold Shoes. Kae is also a successful writer. Letters from a Kurd, a fictional tale of a young boy’s experiences under Iraq’s harshest regime, has received great reviews.

Abbie Trayler-Smith

Abbie Trayler-Smith is a documentary and portrait photographer whose work draws on an emotional response and engagement with her subject. Her first job was for The Daily Telegraph in London where she spent 8 years covering news and features worldwide, including the Iraq war, the Darfur crisis and the Asian tsunami. In 2007 she joined Panos Pictures and has continued to document social issues worldwide for international clients including the Guardian, Sunday Times, BBC, Time Magazine, Newsweek Oxfam and UNICEF.  Her work has won prizes in The World Press Photo Awards, The Taylor Wessing Portrait Award, The Magnum Ideastap Grant and been shortlisted for many others.


Nabra means the sound of your own voice in Arabic. It is the name chosen for their oud duo by Ali Elmubarak, a refugee from Sudan, and Knud Stuwe, the son of a refugee who fled East Prussia at the end of World War Two.  The pair came together via a scheme devised by Bristol Refugee Rights to introduce refugees to professional musicians. Ali and Knud share a deep love of music, in particular, the haunting sound of the oud; a classical African and Arabic instrument similar to the lute and guitar. Since connecting through the scheme the duo have gone from strength to strength and are to be found playing their unique blend of traditional African and contemporary Western music at gigs and festivals across the UK. Their partnership, like their music, has crossed borders and broken down boundaries.
Tickets to the event can be bought by visiting the website: or at the door on the night, 16th July 2016.

Bath Welcomes Refugees (BWR) is a young organisation with one simple aim: to bring to safety and security in the UK those people persecuted and in danger in their own countries and homelands, and in particular to help them settle in Bath or the surrounding area, should that be where their journey ends. BWR maintains an a-political and a-religious position so that this one simple aim stays forever at the front of  BWR’s efforts whatever else may be happening globally, nationally or locally.

BWR is run by volunteers and aligns its operation with the goals of Refugees Welcome and supports those campaigns initiated to improve the circumstances of refugees. It also seeks to support and assist all agencies involved in settling refugees locally through practical hands-on involvement, befriending, fundraising, and campaigning where necessary.

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