FAQs

When is Refugee Week?

Refugee Week takes place every year from the Monday to Sunday of the week around World Refugee Day on 20 June.

How can I get involved in Refugee Week?

There are many ways you can get involved in Refugee Week. You can organise an event, volunteer, attend an event or add your voice on social media.

How can I find out what’s going on in my area?

Have a look at the Refugee Week events calendar, where you can find out what’s on in your city, town or region.

To find other event organisers in your area, visit the list of key regional and national organisers on the Refugee Week website, or take a look at Our Community, a directory of organisations who hold Refugee Week events, or have held one in the past.

Do I need to ask before organising a Refugee Week event?

No. Refugee Week is an umbrella festival, which means anyone can organise an event and call it Refugee Week. The only requirements are that the event happens during the week, and that it celebrates refugee contributions to the UK and/ or promotes better understanding of refugee experiences.

Can you help me organise my event?

We offer the following resources and support for event organisers:

Free posters and postcards, downloadable banners and stickers for your event – click here to browse

Advice, ideas and resources for your event – see the resources and Refugee Week 2017 sections of the website

T-shirts, badges, balloons, banners and other Refugee Week merchandise – available to buy from our online shop

Wherever possible, we help venues/ organisations looking for speakers or artists, and vice versa. Contact your regional point of contact or email Refugee Week UK Coordinator Emily Churchill Zaraa: emily@counterpointsarts.org.uk.

How can I publicise my event?

Once you have a date and venue for your event, you can upload it to our website here. This means anyone looking for a Refugee Week event in your area can find it.

When you’re Tweeting about your event, tag @RefugeeWeek so we can share with our followers.

Find tips and resources for publicising your event on our 2017 media and social media page (which includes make-your-own event graphics) and the publicising your event section of the website

How can I fund my Refugee Week event?

For ideas and information about fundraising for your event, see the Refugee Week Toolkit. Unfortunately the central Refugee Week office does not fund events.

How can I get hold of Refugee Week merchandise?

We produce free posters and postcards every Refugee Week, which you can order here. You can also buy merchandise balloons, badges, t-shirts and banners visit our online shop.

How do I submit a film, artwork or performance idea to Refugee Week?

If you would like to participate in Refugee Week with an installation, exhibition or film, we normally ask you to write a short blog post (500 words or less + image) for the Platforma or Refugee Week websites, which we then circulate to the Refugee Week network. If an event organiser is interested they would then contact you directly. If you’re interested in doing this please email Refugee Week UK Coordinator Emily Churchill Zaraa: emily@counterpointsarts.org.uk.

You can also contact Refugee Week event organisers in your area directly by going to the regional and national organisers of the Refugee Week website, or searching for your town or city in the online events calendar.

Can I use your logo?

Of course! You can download it here

Where can I find up-to-date facts and figures about refugees and asylum seekers?

See our list of resources on asylum/ refugee facts and figures and refugee contributions here

I want to organise an activity with young people in my school or community, can you help?

Click here to browse educational resources available for Refugee Week, and for further ideas, see what schools and colleges got up to for Refugee Week 2016 in this blog post.

How can I evaluate my event?

It is really important to evaluate your event as this helps us to monitor the types of events that are taking place around the UK, the main audience attending and the quality of the event. We can also use this information to promote good practice and share good ideas with other event organisers. Visit the Evaluate your Event page for more information on evaluating your event