Poets, artists and storytellers light up this year's virtual Refugee Festival

A screen shot of an animation work titled 'Sneezing Funny' by animator/visual artist Sayed Alireza Sajadi, which is part of this year's Refugee Festival.

This year’s Refugee Festival in Malaysia will be held online, starting today till this Sunday.

Traditionally held in June to coincide with World Refugee Day, the festival had to be postponed to a year-end date due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lack of resources.

But the Refugee Festival creative team, led by fest curator Saleh Sepas (a theatre director from Kabul, Afghanistan), has worked hard to make this virtual event happen to mark the continued contributions by the refugee communities around the world, to showcase their talents and to foster unity with host communities.

Poets and artists from more than seven countries will take part in the festival this year, which runs 2pm to 6pm daily.

Refugee Festival in Malaysia will be held online, starting today till this Sunday.  HandoutRefugee Festival in Malaysia will be held online, starting today till this Sunday. Handout

The festival will also include short film, animation series and panel sessions surrounding refugee and pandemic issues.

“We believe in promoting solidarity and the value of tolerance among human beings through artistic and cultural activities, so we can get to know each other better and appreciate one another more,” outlines a statement from Refugee Festival.

Viewers can follow the full festival programme (free to watch) here.

The Refugee Festival, an independent initiative in Malaysia, was founded in 2016.

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