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 opportunities for musicians with Refugee or Asylum status to collaborate, socialise and creatively express their culture with a diversity of professional musicians. ODREA are not an Orchestra in a traditional format but a collective of musicians from diverse backgrounds and social status that contribute though any means that produces a sound and allows them to express themselves.

The live performances each time are very different and can feature some or many members of ODREA.  Musicians weave in and out of the project continually which is reflected in the sound of ODREA each time.

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

"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

“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”