Listen to the World – open mic night

18:30 - 20:00
Jul 6th 2021

Join us for an evening where the musical traditions and talents of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers find a home among local artists. Come and listen, or take the stage to perform in an open mic spot. Our community is relaxed and informal. This is a hybrid event - click on the Eventbrite link below to book online or in-person tickets.

For more information contact Jo Winsloe Slater on jo.winsloe@stethelburgas.org

Please book tickets on our eventbrite page HERE.

‘Listen to the World’ open mic nights are a place where the musical traditions and talents of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers find a home among local artists.  Come and join us, as either a listener or performer, everyone is welcome; British locals, as well as those who have settled here more recently.

‘Listen to the World’ Open Mic night is a live hybrid show where anyone in the audience, professional or first-timer can come and sing or play an instrument, online or in person (see more below).  

What people said at our last event: 

‘This is so refreshing to hear tonight. The sweetest and most soulful music.’

‘Such a soulful, sparkling performance, loved it! Thank you.’

‘This is stunning!! THANK YOU! Loving it.’

Listen to the World open mic – Featured Artists

Daria Kulesh

Mixing her Eastern roots with Western folk influences, Daria creates an original and exciting sound, full of passion and magic – a celebration of her Russian and Ingush (North Caucasus) heritage. “Bold, exotic, impressive” (fRoots), “haunting and enigmatic” (The Times), she shares stories and songs that are deeply personal but feel universal and timeless. Every performance is an “emotional, compelling and uplifiting experience” (Carn to Cove).  Her highly acclaimed album Long Lost Home is mainly inspired by Ingushetia (Ghalghai Mokh) – the lost home of Daria’s Grandmother Fatima Akhrieva. A mountainous republic in the south of Russia, it’s a land of immense beauty and harrowing tragedy, of fascinating culture and age-old traditions. But above all, ‘Long Lost Home’ is an album for our times, exploring themes of displacement and (in)tolerance, identity and integrity, humanity and strength in the face of adversity, hope against hate; it’s “an album for everyone”, according to Northern Sky Magazine. “One of the finest voices and one of the most intriguing and interesting songwriters on the present folk scene” (Mike Harding)”Breathtaking voice. A true star” (Folk Radio UK); “The songs aren’t just sung, but lived” (FATEA Magazine).  Facebook and Instagram: @DariaKuleshMusic. Twitter: @DariaKulesh

Nawroz Oramari

Nawroz is a celebrated Kurdish singer. As a teenager growing up in Iraqi Kurdistan, he was forced to flee to escape the violence of Saddam Hussein’s rule and the threat of execution, after being accused of singing songs that were critical of the regime. Nawroz spent the next nine years in exile in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon, before settling in the UK. His extraordinary voice brings to life folk songs from his homeland. He is currently a member of Citizens of the World Choir and you can read more about the choir, Nawroz’ music and his extraordinary journey to the UK here, and in a more in-depth and here.


Take a listen to Daria and Nawroz


What happens at an open mic event?

Alongside featured artists, members of the audience can sign up to perform too.  You can respond to the theme of  displacement, home or belonging  or with whatever is on your heart.  This is a fun, relaxing evening where anyone; professional or first-timer, can perform to an appreciative audience. Or you can simply come and listen.  You sign up for an Open Mic slot when you book (online or in-person).  There are 4-5 slots and each slot is for 3-5mins.

Hybrid event – how to attend

You can attend Listen to the World open mic online, or in person at St Ethelburga’s.  Both featured artists will be performing from St Ethelburga’s, broadcasting live to guests online as well as to an in-person audience.

Attending on zoom, you will need:

If you are attending in person, we operate a COVID secure environment which includes the following conditions:

  • Test and trace sign in using the NHS app and QR code, or manually.
  • A maximum of 30 people in the venue, with seating set out 2m apart.  You can see the venue (Nave) here.
  • Guests are requested to keep a 2m physical distance from others at all times, unless attending with members of one other household, or with members of their support bubble.
  • Guests to wear masks at all times.
  • Please contact jo.winsloe@stethelburgas.org if you have any questions about attending in person.

Co-ordinator: For all questions about the Open Mic event or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Jo Winsloe Slater at  jo.winsloe@stethelburgas.org.

Please ensure you view our Terms and Conditions and Refund Policy.

18:30 - 20:00
Jul 6th 2021