Belgrade Theatre hosts City of Sanctuary Trustees

Posted on 30 September 2016

On Monday 26th September, we were delighted to have the opportunity to welcome the Trustees of the City of Sanctuary movement to the Belgrade Theatre, for an afternoon of discussion and community performances.

The Trustees are based across the UK and were meeting in Coventry for their annual conference. It was a great opportunity to introduce the Trustees to the many wonderful things that are happening within Coventry to support Refugees and Migrants. Among the people attending were representatives from the Coventry Multi-Faith Forum, the Godiva Sisters, Coventry Cathedral, and recently arrived refugees.

Hamish Glen, Artistic Director of the Belgrade opened the event with an introduction to the work that the theatre does to promote community cohesion and to emphasise the importance of our theatre building as a place of sanctuary for all members of our community. The Belgrade’s Shine On 50+ group and Asian Youth Theatre gave short performances which continued the themes of home, love and belonging.

We were very pleased to be joined by The Very Reverend John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry Cathedral who spoke of the importance of Coventry’s reputation as a city of Peace and Reconciliation. Sabir Zazai, Chair of the City of Sanctuary Board and Director of Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre shared his experience of being a refugee to Coventry a number of years ago, and said of the event:

“It was an elegant evening, which clearly helped in celebrating Coventry’s global reputation as a city of peace, reconciliation and sanctuary. Everyone really appreciated the hospitality and the warm welcome they received.”

We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the City of Sanctuary movement and Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre in the future.