The Kennedy Center and UNHCR Present a Free Performance on June 20 by Mélat in Recognition of World Refugee Day

by Stage Directions
Mélat will perform a free show at The Kennedy Center in recognition of World Refugee Day
Mélat will perform a free show at The Kennedy Center in recognition of World Refugee Day

Every year on June 20, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency holds special events for World Refugee Day to recognize the lives of refugees and all those dedicated to helping them. On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 6-7pm EDT, on the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage, Austin, Texas-based singer and songwriter Mélat will perform a free performance in recognition of World Refugee Day. This year’s World Refugee Day #WithRefugees campaign aims to bring the public closer to the refugee story, showing them as ordinary people living in extraordinary circumstances.

Singer and songwriter Mélat exhibits commanding vocals and stunning dynamics with a worldly touch. Through the eclectic soul of modern R&B, Mélat sings of what it means to be a human being simply longing to “be.”The daughter of Ethiopian refugees, Mélat crafts her music to reflect her culture and unique worldview. Along with her rich voice, it is her heritage that gives her music its soul.Mélat lends her voice to raise awareness about refugee issues and has teamed up with UNHCR for World Refugee Day.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency safeguards the rights and well-being of refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced people, and stateless people. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. UNHCR is on the front lines of the world's major humanitarian crises, including Syria, Iraq, Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and countless other emergencies.

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