RefuFilms: Faraway Land

A few months ago, Madrid For Refugees hosted a Refufilms event, screening ‘Faraway Land’, a documentary directed by Josepmaria Anglès and Daniel Azpe, and shot in Athens in May 2017. Following the film screening, our very own events coordinator Juanfran convened a discussion between Angles, two refugee workers from Madrid; Jorge Villegas González and Esther Pérez Franco, and the audience, in order to reflect on the film’s content and explore some of the issues in …

Witches Brew Variety Show

It was a dark, blustery Halloween evening. Which meant it was time for our Witches Brew Benefit Variety Show! Advance tickets had sold out, meaning El Gabinete was full of revellers awaiting with trepidation a night of spooky entertainment from our eerie array of performers.   Hosted by the ghoulish Dominic Anglim, we enjoyed the scarily good talents of story teller and poet J.D Candora. Claire Jones provided us with a stand-up routine detailing the …

Taste of Morocco and Syria in Madrid

Written by: Ekaterina Kuznetsova One thing you are missing when reading this article is the smell of the amazing food that was cooked by a very talented Moroccan chef Rachida. You are missing out on a lot, trust me. But let’s start from the beginning. Rachida moved to Syria with her husband. Later she was forced to leave the country with him and her four kids. First, she moved to Germany but then her family …

The Closing Meal with Wesal and Restaurant Gigi, Refugee Food Festival Day 5, 24.06.2018

It was hard to believe that we had reached the final day of the Refugee Food Festival in Madrid sitting on the terrace outside Restaurant Gigi with the rich aromas of chef Wesal’s traditional Syrian flavours wafting through the air. Throughout the week eight fully-booked restaurants have flung open their kitchen doors to seven refugee and asylum seeker chefs who have in turn shared their treasured cultural dishes in a professional restaurant environment. The chef …

Building Bridges with Rachida at Ochenta Nextdoor, Refugee Food Festival Day 4, 23.06.2018

The long, open kitchen of Ochenta Nextdoor is on display for the whole restaurant to behold. You are able to watch as the row of dexterous hands, like some culinary conveyor belt, pieces together mouth-watering creations. The operators this evening were the guest Moroccan chef Rachida and the restaurant owner Oscar, and when I caught them, they were laying the final preparations for the penultimate meal of Madrid’s Refugee Food Festival. Another fully booked night, …