Orchestre des Réfugiés et Amis

"We all need a Refuge"

Orchestre des Réfugiés et Amis is an intercultural music project developed by Beyond Skin. The project creates shared welcoming spaces for musicians with Refugee or Asylum status to collaborate, socialise and creatively express their culture with a diversity of professional musicians.

With a start up investment from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland the artists involved have been colaborating, pushing intercultural music boundaries, challenging stereotypes and raising awareness about Refugees through immersive performances.

The group have remained somewhat of an enigma since launching the project in 2016. Viewing the first year as a development time to set a foundation for long term relationships & plans the musicians involved have shied away from an overwhelming amount of media interest and interview requests, only agreeing to a BBC Radio Ulster performance with four musicians from the group.

Local musician and Refugee support activist Joby Fox has been at the helm as a music director but due to his commitments as co-founder of Nobel Peace Prize nominated Refugee Rescue he will be passing on the role to Nikos Petsakos in 2018. With National Geographic award winner, photographer Rashid Khaidanov adding a visual identity to the group, the Orchestre des Réfugiés et Amis has sparked much curiosity and is the inspirational sound of humanity at its best.

"There’s no denying that the musicians each have a grasp on their instruments, and it’s compelling to experience this fluid entity – this transforming roster of professional and hobbyist musicians striving to carve out an inclusive space, both socially and musically." Aaron Drain (State Magazine)

Immersive Performance & Workshop Programme

Immerse yourself. You can get involved with the Orchestre des Réfugiés et Amis in various ways...

1 If you are a musician in refugee or asylum status we welcome you to contact us about joining the group. 2 Book the group to perform at your event or festival. 3 Invite musicians from the group to lead an Immersive Workshop Performance at your school, club or community group.

For more information please contact the Beyond Skin office +447877756987  info.beyondskin@gmail.com

Donate to the ODREA project via Local Giving or by texting OKGO41£amount to 70070 (example OKGO41£10)

“It trembles rages, and raves. Rising it moves the welling stream.
Humanity is in key, and we find a safe place, sounds echoes voices of grace
An orchestra of friends give chance
The space on which the chorus danced”

"It's not just a band. But a hope, happiness, learning space to many" Amita

All above photos taken by Rashid Khaidanov.

ODREA partner rehearsal studio is MusicLand