Jungle Sessions: Music and Art in Calais’s Refugee Camp

From 2015 and throughout the period when the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais was a busy city squashed between the borders of France and England and home to ten thousand asylum seekers, Brush&Bow created many impromptu music and art spaces as a way to highlight cultural celebration and communication. When working in refugees camps we are always open to what may emerge or not, understanding that it is primarily people’s home, and therefore we may simply share tea around a fire, create a collaborative drawing, share stories or engage in an explosive music night in celebration of Eid. These are often spaces where through music and art we try for a moment to forget the oppressive label of ‘refugee’ and simply create a space where music can tell a story of talent and empowerment.