Tour (Stories of Sanctuary)

“On the tour, we were hosted by local residents. We were welcomed with warm hearts. Music is the language of the world. When I was singing I felt every word I sang. I sang from my heart to all the hearts of the audience. I wanted to tell them that despite pain and sadness, we are brave because sometimes you just need to hope and have faith that things will work out”

Sabah, Stories of Sanctuary singer and tour coordinator

Stories of Sanctuary is the touring dimension of Citizen Songwriters – more information can be found here. Each Stories of Sanctuary performance involves participants from Citizen Songwriters workshop sharing their original songs in front of new audiences. The performances are opportunities not only to develop communication skills and gain confidence in speaking and singing, they are powerful and moving shows that inspire audiences of the challenges participants face and the hope of building stronger, inclusive and resilience communities together.

Past events


  • October 19th – Durham Cathedral, Chapter HouseSOLD OUT
  • November 11th – St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate
  • November 12th – Houses of Parliament


  • March 21st – Durham Cathedral. For more information, please click here
  • March 22nd – ARC Stockton-on-Tees. For more information, please click here.
  • March 24th – ‘Songs of Sanctuary’ with Sam Slatcher and Raghad Haddad, The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. For more information, please click here.
  • June 22nd – Migration Matters Festival, Sheffield. For more information, please click here
  • June 23rd – Hull University. For more information, please click here
  • July 21st – Hartlepool Waterfront Festival. For more information click here
  • August 26th – Stourbridge.  
  • August 27th – Art Reach, Journeys Festival International at Leicester Cathedral. For more information click here,
  • September 6th – Lanchester. Click here for tickets and more information. 
  • November 9th – Chandler’s Ford

*If you would like to host a Stories of Sanctuary performance, please contact Sam Slatcher here.