About Refuge

Refuge was started as a fundraising platform working in solidarity with grassroots and non-profit organisations. In January 2021 we launched Refuge Worldwide, a new radio station to amplify the music and issues that we care about, broadcasting 24/7 from Weserstraße 166, (12045 Berlin Neukölln).

Since 2015, among others, we have worked with a young women’s centre, refugee housing support associations, a music school for marginalised persons, social equity groups, homelessness agencies, and a shelter for women and young persons fleeing domestic violence.

From our home in Berlin we now host weekly workshops, training programmes and classes in media, creative fields and mental health. These are free to attend as part of our community outreach. Refuge Worldwide is also involved in a number of collaborative projects around the globe with likeminded collectives, radio stations and activists.

Members of Oona stand together behind the bar.


Refuge Worldwide is located at Oona Bar, in the Weserstraße kiez. The bar acts as a community space and watering hole for our neighbours, the station's residents, visitors and guests. Open to the public, Tuesday-Saturday, anyone can come down and listen to the radio playing live, grab a drink or meet friends and make new connections - we are serving drinks, tea, coffee, natural wine and cocktails until late at night.

Bookings: Everyone connected to the station can utilise Oona Bar for their own events - a record release party, birthday, poetry slam, book reading, live performance or community meet-up. Please note the bar is not wheelchair accessible.

For questions about Oona Bar: laura@refugeworldwide.com

Visiting the space

  • The space is situated at Weserstr. 166, 12045 Berlin, identifiable by its green exterior and bar-like appearance.

  • The space is louder and busier in the evening. It's quieter during the day when you can hear live radio shows through speakers.

  • The space is not wheelchair accessible.

  • A gender-neutral toilet is available on-site.

  • There are no stroboscopic or animated lights and in the evenings, the lighting is low.

  • Several seating options are available including benches with cushions and low and high stools.

More info can be found on our access page.


Refuge Worldwide commits to striving for a gender balanced station, representative of minorities. The station is focused on community-building and creating space / visibility for underrepresented artists. 

  • We operate a zero-tolerance policy toward racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism and xenophobia

  • Intend to work for the benefit of the local area

  • Host community focused initiatives

  • Create and allow discourse to flourish

  • Deliver a diverse and high quality music programme

We are really excited to present a broad range of shows ranging from 100% music-focused programmes, to some that incorporate interviews and debate, to programmes completely dedicated to discussion. The music policy is diverse, from hip-hop to house, new wave to northern soul, reggae to R&B, ambient to jazz.

Contact us on hello@refugeworldwide.com

The Team

The station team produce a diverse range of radio shows, training courses, media and live events. Refuge Worldwide combines international and local artists, as well as platforming newcomers and persons from marginalised communities.


George Patrick - Co-founder Richard Akingbehin - Co-founder, Programming (richard@refugeworldwide.com) Laura Vargas - Venue Manager Nicky Böhm - Senior Project Coordinator Graeme Bateman - Production Manager Leona Ojake - Creative Producer Max Graef Lakin - Content Manager (max@refugeworldwide.com) Jack Murray-Brown - Developer (jack@refugeworldwide.com) Gaby D'Annunzio - Education Consultant

Freelance Writers:

If you would like to contribute to our news/editorial platform, writers from all experience levels are encouraged to pitch article ideas. We are interested in interviews and reports related to activism and culture in Berlin and beyond, as well as opinion pieces from writers or activists who would like to promote their campaigns. Please send pitches to: max@refugeworldwide.com.

Press Coverage

- Berliner Zeitung - Crack - Der Tagespiegel - Electronic Beats (Best Radio 2021) - Resident Advisor - DJ Mag - Kaltblut - Groove - Sleek Mag - The Wire

Partnerships / Supported By

1UP // ADAM Audio // AIAIAI // Berghain/Panorama Bar // Big Dada // #BIKEYGEES // Carhartt WIP // Crack Magazine // CTM Festival // Edwin // enoaudio // FoundationFM // Frauenzimmer // GALA Festival // HKW // Lilipad // Melt! // Nike Jordan Brand // Open Music Lab // PioneerDJ // Quartiermeister // Radio Zaatari & 7Hills // Resident Advisor // Savvy Contemporary // Schilleria // Sleek Mag // Sonar Lisboa // Today at Apple (Creative Studios) // Turning Tables // Tresor // WeTransfer