‘A Word With Us’: Words & Music in Support of One Day Without Us
Spoken word and music event A Word With Us took place in Glasgow last month in support of One Day Without Us National Day of Action, which represented solidarity with immigrants and refugees from around the world.
The event took place at the Kinning Park Complex on 19 February and celebrated diversity and immigrants’ contribution to society.
It showcased performances from a variety of migrant writers and musicians living in Glasgow.
The campaign’s Facebook page elaborates: “By sharing this space and our words, we want to subvert the ways the label ‘migrant’ has been weaponised to divide us and use it to find solidarity across our differences in song, story and poetry: from asylum seekers to family members, international students to EU workers – we ask you to join us in affirming diversity, celebrating our shared humanity and standing up for migrant rights.”
Entry was free of charge for those in asylum process, while a donation of £3 was suggested for other attendees – though a “pay what you want” policy was also in effect.
A Word With Us welcomed an eclectic range of writers, reflecting on people in the asylum process, raising funds for the cost of transportation, and supporting organisations such as LGBT Unity Scotland and Refuweegee.
Early arrivals could participate in a placard-making workshop, helping to produce banners for the ‘One Day Without Us’ demonstration, which took place the following day, 20 February, in Glasgow’s George Square.
A Word With Us served to showcase and celebrate the social involvement of migrants in the UK, taking into account the post-Brexit climate, which has seen emboldened xenophobic rhetoric and the British government’s decision to shut down the Dubs Scheme for refugee children.
In total, the event raised £218, with £109 being donated to Refuweegee, and the other £109 to LGBT Unity Scotland.
The event’s line-up included: Selina Hales of Refuweegee, Nicollete MacLeod performing “Human Call” from the album Flight, Lucy Cathcart Frodenettes performing “Draw Me A City” from the same album, Victoria McNulty performing poetry, Sara Shaarawi of The Workers Theatre, Rebecca Dewald of the Glasgow Review of Books, and Almo of Marea Granate (Pictured Below).
If you’d like to watch the full event, visit this link.