Stories of Sanctuary

Stories of Sanctuary is a story and songwriting project that brings together diverse residents of Durham who all have a story or two to tell about their journey to the North East of England. Whether ancient stories of seeking sanctuary or stories from today, Stories of Sanctuary showcases the rich history of seeking sanctuary in the North East of England.

Found in 2018 by singer-songwriter Sam Slatcher, Stories of Sanctuary emerged out of friendships between people seeking sanctuary from Syria, who had settled in Durham in the summer of 2016, and local residents from different walks of life – long-term residents, students of the university, photographers and musicians.

in 2019, the Stories of Sanctuary project toured the UK, visiting Stockton, Hull, Sheffield, Birmingham and Leicester. You can read more about the Stories of Sanctuary tour on our blog page.

Stronger Communities Middlesbrough Choir

Citizen Songwriters have been working in partnership with Middlesbrough Strong Communities Team to engage three different communities in treasured memories of Middlesbrough over the years.

Welcome Town

Performance Artist Natasha Davies invited Citizen Songwriters to bring some musical creativity to a project she’s curating in partnership with ARC Stockton.