Refugees for Refugees

Bruges Cultural Centre erases boundaries and plays the world music card during B Major! Musicians with roots from around the world lend a hand. On Friday, 3 March 2017, the entire team of Refugees for Refugees will be on stage in the Stadsschouwburg. The ensemble was formed last year and takesyou on a musical journey along the Silk Road with top musicians from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tibet, who have ended up as refugees in Belgium. Members include both graduates of renowned conservatories and folk musicians. Each and every one of them wishes to help you discover the rich musical traditions of their country of origin. From the Afghan love song to distinctive vocal traditions from Aleppo or the high Tibetan mountains. All this under the artistic direction of the talented Belgian ûd player, Tristan Driessens.

In addition to their performance on Friday, 3 March 2017, other musical moments are planned in De Patio, the Red Cross reception centre for asylum-seekers in Bruges. Residents with artistic or musical background are also offered a podium, in combination with a few jam sessions with local musicians. De Patio houses around 60 people, singles or with families.

The Bruges Cultural Centre is taking as its theme for the year that of 'migration', and as part of that programme wishes to encourage musical encounters between refugee musicians who have long been living in our country, and recent arrivals. This will most certainly produce surprising live results during B Major!

The album Amerli by Refugees for Refugees was elected best album of 2016 by Transglobal World Music Chart. You can find out more by clicking the following link:


  • Friday 3 March 2017
  • Stadsschouwburg Brugge, 29, Vlamingstraat
  • Doors 8 p.m.
  • Organization: Cultuurcentrum Brugge
  • Tickets €6, €9, €12 + €1 reservation fee

photograph: Dieter Tielemans