In recent years Bulgaria commemorates November as the Refugee Month, to honor the courage of these vulnerable groups escaping persecution, conflict, and desperate poverty, some of whom look for a chance to rebuild their lives in our community.

Sofia Development Association is a partner of the initiative Refugee Month. On November 30th, 2018, as part of INTEGRA project awareness building and advocacy campaign, we hosted in SofiaLab a series of community celebration events. “Community Drum Circle” was organized by Creators Association with the support of IOM Bulgaria, CVS-Bulgaria and SDA. Over 30 people from various nationalities played drums and percussion in a circle, creating a sense of rhythm and harmony that transcends language and takes participants to another level of understanding.

Later on, over 70 people participated in the closing event of the Refugee Month – An Intercultural Evening with food provided by MultiKulti Collective and a Belly Dancing performance organized by Badriya Oriental Dance School.

Photos by Philip Mihaylov - Next Level Photography