The Spokesman-Review | World Relief hosts world music concert to benefit refugees

World Relief Spokane will host a benefit concert Friday to showcase music from around the world while raising funds for their work supporting refugees.

The “A Place Called Home: Refugee Benefit Concert” will be held Feb. 17 at 7:30 pm at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E 12th Ave, World Relief said in a news release.

The concert features dancers from Iraq, Syria and Nepal, the St. John’s Cathedral Choir, vocal solos, the Neema Swahili Choir and a group performance of the African-American spiritual “Over My Head, I Hear Music in the Air.”

World Relief, which resettles hundreds of refugees annually in Spokane, is facing layoffs after an executive order by President Donald Trump temporarily halted refugee admissions to the U.S. in late January. Because the organization receives the bulk of its funding from federal refugee resettlement grants, no new admissions means losing funding, at least temporarily.

The concert is free, but donations are accepted to fund operations.

“We want our community to come together for this rich celebration of Spokane’s diverse community,” said development director Johnna Nickoloff in an email.

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