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Refugee History
February 15th, 2017
Belgian refugee children waiting for their afternoon tea in London during 1940. Imperial War Museum.

Belgian refugee children waiting for their afternoon tea in London during 1940. Image from the Imperial War Museum archive. A guest post by Dr Kate Ferguson In the winter of 1938 the British parliament debated the question of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. Parliament and its MPs could not know what fate awaited Europe’s Jews, indeed […]

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation supports Refugee Week
December 13th, 2016
Ben & Jerry's Foundation supports Refugee Week 
New grant will help local activists engage with the media

We’re delighted to announce another reason to love icecream – Refugee Week is now supported by Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. A grant from the Foundation to Counterpoints Arts will be used to give platforms to refugee artists and voices and build the communications capacity of local Refugee Week activists. The project includes a media and social workshop that […]

Refugee Week 2017 to celebrate Our Shared Future
December 12th, 2016
Join us to celebrate Our Shared Future
Refugee Week 2017 theme announced

Over many years, settled and newly-arrived communities have lived and worked together to make our streets, businesses and culture great. In honour of this, Refugee Week 2017 is dedicated to the strength of the UK’s communities, as we build tomorrow together. Join us 19-25 June 2017 as we imagine and celebrate Our Shared Future. Interested […]

Reflection, Reading and Reaching Out at MyRaynesPark Festival
November 9th, 2016

A guest post by Tom Underwood In 2016 MyRaynesPark organised various events to celebrate Refugee Week. Central to the week was a Refugee Reflection Zone set up at the Lantern Methodist Church. This was a creative space for reflection and information on refugees in the world today. Members of the public and local schools engaged […]

Join us Online for Refugee Week Conference 2017
November 9th, 2016
Refugee Week Conference 
Join us in person or online on 17 February for a stimulating mix of workshops, performances and presentations to help you prepare for Refugee Week 2017

After an unprecedented level of interest, the 2017 Refugee Week Conference is now fully booked and the waiting list is closed. If you can’t be there in person, do follow the Refugee Week Facebook and Twitter feeds on the day as we will be live streaming some of the action and Tweeting throughout. The Conference is 10am – […]

Refugee Week at Croydon College
August 17th, 2016
Image from One Life, One Object exhibition

A guest post by Temor Alkaisi. The Refugee Week event at Croydon College was held on 23rd June for ESOL students. At Croydon College they have about 200 students studying on the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course. This year at Croydon College we took another route to Refugee Week by recruiting a […]

Refugee Week at the British Red Cross
August 15th, 2016
Red Cross Arsenal 893

A guest post by Alice Owen, British Red Cross. 20-26 June saw a host of fun-filled activities celebrating the positive contribution that refugees make to the UK and encouraging better understanding between communities through the arts. The British Red Cross works with Counterpoints Arts and other leading agencies to help deliver refugee week across the […]

Doormatting in Birmingham
July 15th, 2016

A guest post by Ciara Cohen-Ennis. In February my friend Beatrice and I attended the Refugee Week conference where we were inspired by a project in London where two people took images of themselves with a banner saying ‘Refugees Welcome’ at some of the city’s famous landmarks. With a customized doormat reading ‘Refugees Welcome’, we […]

Refugee Week Jammin’ in Bearwood
July 15th, 2016

A guest post by Leonie Hart. In celebration of Refugee Week 2016, Bearwood Action for Refugees hosted a JAMATHON on Sunday 19 June at Thimblemill Library. The event was in aid of Leros Solidarity Network, who support refugees in transit in Greece, and Bearwood turned out in force to support the cause raising a total […]

Sidcot Festival of Peace
July 15th, 2016

A guest post by Miriam Gosling. Sunday 19 June saw the inaugural Festival of Peace at Sidcot School. Hosted by the school’s Centre for Peace and Global Studies the festival explored the theme ‘The Nature of Identity’. Held in Refugee Week, and taking place on Father’s Day, the afternoon event celebrated family and community, exploring […]