Well-honed skills used to keep out the cold
Crew for Calais is a group of companies and individuals working in the theatre, event and production industries who have come together to build some flat pack shelters for the refugee camp in Calais, to try and mitigate the effects of the winter weather on the people stuck there.
The work of the Crew for Calais team was brought to our attention only last week and so far we have been happy to help by donating materials and also spreading the word of the quick-response and hands-on work that they do.
The idea came from artist and theatre lighting designer, Katharine Rose Williams Radojičić, who visited the camp at Calais and wanted to help: “Most of the 7,000 refugees were still living in tents in December, despite the winter cold. One thing that theatre and event people are very good at, in my experience, is erecting wooden structures efficiently. I’m thinking of all those get-ins we’ve done over the years. And so I came back to the UK with a plan.”
There have already been a series of regional build sessions in London and Birmingham and the next one will take place in Leeds during the week 15th to 18th of February at the Slung Low HUB in Holbeck.
Companies and individuals in the industry wanting to donate time, talents and services, both in the UK and undertaking van trips to Calais please email CrewForCalais@gmail.com