We were delighted to join our friends and partners at Oxford Contemporary Music to celebrate the final performance of the Dash Arts show Dido Bar’s at OVADA last Saturday 29th October.

Dido’s Bar was an epic retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid, created and performed by a multilingual international ensemble of actor-musicians, bringing to life the classic myth of migration, love, and assimilation, through the eyes of refugees today.

Read more about the production here.

Saturday’s brilliant finale was followed by a lively after party with world music from the Starling Sessions project, Oxford’s global folk community orchestra.

Starling Sessions meets weekly to explore traditional music from around the world through the people of Oxford. Each week, a different member of the group is invited to share a tune. The results are incredible, as we can attest! New members are always very welcome (see the link here for more).

Dido’s Bar was a memorable and moving experience. We are so grateful that those involved with the production in Oxford used their platform to highlight real-life refugee issues, extending to their generous support for Asylum Welcome. Staff and volunteers had some great conversations on the night and we’d like to thank everyone who donated.