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Home is a story you carry on your back

8 Dec 2021
15:00 - 17:00

Home is a story you carry on your back

ASKV is organising a week-long program to share what it is like to be an undocumented refugee in Amsterdam. As part of this week, storytelling evening Home is a story you carry on your back will take place at Framer Framed. Join us on the 8th of December to give a warm welcome to the ASKV community and listen to folktales from Niger, Nigeria, Iran and St. Eustatius.


The event will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel.
Direct streaming link: https://youtu.be/a9lXchgwxkY

The life of undocumented migrants is among the most fragile in society. This project creates an inclusive place of welcome that invites selected participants to develop stories from their home culture. In doing so they are able to experience a sense of community while remembering the values they bring with them from their home culture.

Featuring tellers of folk stories from Niger, Nigeria, Iran and St. Eustatius, we share the roots of people in a celebration of the culture that comes here to live in Amsterdam.¬†All the tellers in the performance have participated in a 6-week programme by Simon Hodges¬†for undocumented migrants together from ASKV PAO. During a difficult year, the course provided a refuge where they could express themselves, enjoy art and remember their culture with pride. Learn more about ASKV’s Refugee Week

This public programme is free and in English. To comply with the new Covid Regulations the time of the event has changed. Read our Corona Regulations before your visit.

ASKV PAO team and the storytellers РHome is a story you carry on your back © Betul Ellialtioglu / Framer Framed

ASKV / Steunpunt Vluchtelingen
There are hardly any facilities in the Netherlands for undocumented refugees who can‚Äôt or dare to return to their homeland. Amsterdams Solidariteits Komitee Vluchtelingen (ASKV) and Steunpunt Vluchtelingen¬†were established in¬†1987 to fill this gap. In 1997, they merged to form ASKV/Steunpunt Vluchtelingen and¬†in 2019, ASKV started PAO ‚ÄstProject Activiteiten Ongedocumenteerden (project activities for undocumented people).

ASKV PAO organises day activities, practical learning paths and courses that allow undocumented refugees to work towards a realistic future. The participants gain skills in furniture making, cutting, web design, sewing, bicycle repair and much more.

The storytelling evening is part of the ASKV PAO program. Framer Framed is hosting the final presentation of the course in its venue in cooperation with the ASKV PAO for the second time.

This event took place in the space that is created for the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes (CICC) by Radha D’Souza and Jonas Staal.

Migration / Community & Learning / Oral History /


Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes - Jonas Staal

Exhibition: Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes

A project by Radha D'Souza and Jonas Staal


Home is a story you carry on your back
Folktales from Nigeria, Eritrea, Niger, Iran and Saudi Arabia
Home is a story you carry on your back
ASKV PAO Storytelling Evening: Folk tales of where we’re from


Simon Hodges

Simon Hodges