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Hello befrienders!

This is our 13th HostNation newsletter and we hope they're still welcome in your inbox  For those of you recently matched and therefore new to receiving them, you can find previous ones on our website under News.

The last one (12) had information about adult courses especially ESOL as it's back to school time!  So could be worth referring to if your friend is keen to go to College.  

We also mentioned the SonaTalks event coming up on Saturday 7th September on Refugee Potential.  We are part of the afternoon session and will be showing this new film (hot out of the editing suite) of HostNation founder, Anneke Elwes, in conversation with HostNation trustee, Dina Nayeri.  It's 10 minutes and you can watch it here: Link to film.  

There are lots of interesting speakers and performers coming to the event which is in a smart club in Hammersmith and the ticket includes dinner and afterparty.  if you can come and support us then use this code to get a £10 discount for the afternoon session plus evening bash: SONATALKS2019FRIENDS and our refugees/asylum seeker friends can go free using this code: SONATALKS2019FAMILY.  Tickets available here
Welcome Cinema + Kitchen's next film event is Yesterday Danny Boyle's Beatles tribute film on Wednesday 18th September.. There's a Q&A after with Danny Boyle himself.  Welcome Kitchen's chefs will delight your taste buds with food from around the world.  Doors open at 6:00pm, food at 6:30, film at 7:30, Q+A at 9:30 at Amnesty International, 25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA.

Befrienders need to buy a ticket and the proceeds allow for refugees to go free. Buy a ticket here  (£25 tickets still available which include film, dinner and Q&A).  To register your friend for a free ticket email
On the theme of welcome...

West London Welcomes opens its doors again on Thursday 5th September.  They are a drop in centre for refugees and asylum seekers near Hammersmith and offer a warm welcome, a hot meal, ESOL classes, IT and much more every thursday from 9.30-4.00pm for FREE.  Encourage your friend to drop by and say hello if they're free on Thursdays.  

Heart of HeratAfghani culture through food, storytelling and music
On Friday September 6th at 6.30pm you can travel to Afghanistan with your host Habib Sadat for a wonderful evening that celebrates Afghani culture through the flavours of traditional food, live music, art, and storytelling at St Ethelburgas Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Bishopsgate (some of you will remember we held our last befrienders' workshop at St Ethelburgas) .  Find more information and get tickets here

Those of you with a friend from Afghanistan might like to introduce them to Habib who is hosting this event.  He has taken part in a number of refugee initiatives we've mentioned in previous newsletters.  Habib is from Herat, Afghanistan, where he spent 13 years working for the Afghan National Army alongside NATO forces. He left Afghanistan in 2015 and arrived in the UK in  via the Calais camp in 2016. He now has refugee status and is currently artist in residence at the Migration Museum’s ‘Room to Breathe‘ and ‘Borderless’ exhibits; a chef and trustee sharing family recipes with Migrateful and, as actor and set designer, was part of PsycheDelight’s Borderline theatre productions. He has just completed The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network‘s (TERN) ICE Academy and is launching a business to share Afghani culture with people through his dual love of food and art.

Talking of a love of food Mo's Eggs is London's first-ever Syrian brunch pop up in Holloway inspired by Mo's upbringing in the spectacular, fertile mountain town of Ain al-Fijah in Syria.  Next pop-up is Sunday 15th September.  Its become very popular so reserve a table!  


And things to do for free in London in September:

1. Totally Thames festival runs from the 1st-30th September and is packed with events, artworks, performances.
2. One of the highlights is the Ship of Tolerance which will be docked outside Tate Modern with art contributed by school children and refugee groups amongst others.
3. If your friend is interested in medicine the Royal College of Physicians Museum is open late on the first thursday of each month (until 8pm)
4. Jom Music Festival 11 is in Brockwell Park on Sunday Sept 15th from 1-5pm - 52 young musical heroes playing for free!
5. Classic Boat Festival with all sorts of vintage boats to clamber on board is in St Katharine's Docks from Fri 6th through to Sunday 8th September
6. And dont forget Kew Gardens .... we have community membership so if you want to take your friend (and your family or theirs) email us at for a voucher that gives you free entry. 

All best wishes, HostNation team
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