From June 16th until June 22nd, several events took place across Sunderland to help mark National Refugee and Asylum Seekers week. Working with the charity Friends of the Drop In (FODI), The Bunker joined in with the week’s activities by coming together with the FODI drumming group to hold a Djembe jam!
Members of The Bunker’s team of creative apprentices and several members from the FODI drumming group descended on Pop Recs Ltd in Fawcett Street, Sunderland, to showcase their musical talents alongside their friends, family and supporters of the charity.
Jane Nikolarakis from FODI spoke about the importance of the music groups for those involved,
“A lot of these young men and women have arrived here with no money and struggle to find places and ways to enjoy their time. Our drumming group was set up to allow them to socialise and make friends as well as continue to do the things they enjoyed in their home countries. By coming together with The Bunker to hold this event, it is a great way to show how communities can combine and share cultures. Everyone here is having lots of fun!”
Grace Patchett, a member of The Bunker’s community team, added, “It’s been great to drum with these guys and they’ve definitely taught us a few things! I know a lot of them find it hard to integrate into life here, so hopefully events like these will continue. They are really talented and should have more opportunities to showcase that.”
If you would like to find out more about The Bunker’s Djembe drumming workshops or about Friends of the Drop In please contact Jane Nikolarakis on 01915108685.
Heres A little video from the FODI Drumming session: