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Syrian Musicians in Calais - November 2014

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On the weekend of 15-16 November the SOAS Ceilidh Band went to Calais. As part of our "Crossing Borders" project. . It was a good trip. We did a ceilidh on the cross-Channel ferry; we met with migrants and discussed their position in Calais; we participated in the "Faîtes la Fraternité" festival organised by local activists; we joined a solidarity picket with Syrian migrants seeking asylum in Britain; and we attended a demonstration outside the Detention Centre at Coquelles, where migrants are held prior to deportation. . We also met musicians among the migrants. . Here is a video clip of two Syrian musians that we met. Powerful singing, in an abject and hostile terrain. Songs of the homeland. . We shall be returning to Calais in February 2015. . For more details, write to: . ceilidh@soas.ac.uk