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‘I am a Refugee’
April 13th, 2016
Campaign plaque on wall image

A guest post from The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.   The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants has developed an innovative and creative campaign ‘I am a Refugee’ that will highlight refugees’ contributions to the UK. This campaign aims to challenge emerging xenophobic rhetoric against refugees and asylum seekers by celebrating their […]

Bards Without Borders #Shakespeare400
April 11th, 2016

Fresh from their performance at the Refugee Week Conference, poetry collective Bards Without Borders (BWB) will be performing at RichMix London on 23 April to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The show has something for everyone. Merging old and new poetry, live music and puppetry, the crowd will be immersed […]

Leicester Schools Welcome Refugees
April 6th, 2016
birstall post

A guest post by Ruth Sinhal who set up Leicester Schools Welcome Refugees. I have been teaching in Leicester City Schools for 25 years. Last summer, during the school holidays I was so moved by the “Refugee Crisis” that I set up “Leicester Schools Welcome Refugees” with the aim of encouraging all schools in the […]

Summary of Refugee Week Conference 2016
April 6th, 2016
Freddy Macha from Bards Without Borders

Held on the 15th February at the Amnesty International UK centre in London, with over 200 attendee bookings, the conference introduced this year’s Refugee Week theme of ‘Welcome’ with inspiring speeches, workshops and performances. The conference started with an introduction by Maurice Wren, Chair of Refugee Week and CEO of Refugee Council. Soon after, Counterpoints Arts […]

Hamsa: A Documentary and Educational Platform
March 30th, 2016

A guest post by Caroline Spearpoint and Miriam Thom, the directors of Hamsa: A Documentary and Educational Platform. “We were going to die, we were going to sink, the water was up to here… we lost everything…My daughter was crying and saying God please help my family.” In September 2015 the BBC recorded an interview with Hamsa, […]

Sanctuary Seekers – Poster Project
March 30th, 2016

A guest post by The Portico Library, Manchester. As part of the First World War Centenary in 2015 The Portico Library Manchester launched a project titled Conflict and Community sponsored by The Zochonis Charitable Trust. This project considered some of the far reaching ramifications of conflict and persecution within a broad perspective, including the movement […]

Organise your own Refugee Week event
March 23rd, 2016

With Refugee Week 2016 just 3 months away, it is time to start organising and uploading your own event. Anyone can organise an event, whether it be large or small scale, anywhere in the country, of any type. With this year’s theme of ‘Welcome’, there are endless possibilities and we will be right along side you to […]

Refugee Week to launch at London Southbank
March 8th, 2016
Femi Kuti

Refugee Week will launch in London on 19 June at the Southbank Centre as part of their world famous Meltdown festival – curated this year by Guy Garvey. Under the heading of Refugees Welcome, there will be ​an entire day of free activity in collaboration with Refugee Week partners. Musicians, poets and dancers will pop­-up […]

Remembering Eleanor Rathbone: The ‘MP for refugees’
February 29th, 2016

Guest post by Dr Susan Cohen, author of ‘Rescue the Perishing: Eleanor Rathbone and the Refugees’ and co-founder of Remembering Eleanor Rathbone. Dr Cohen is one of the organisers of ‘Welcome to Britain? Refugees Then and Now’, a conference for Refugee Week in memory of Eleanor Rathbone, at Kings College on 20 June 2016. The theme of […]

IOM UK at Refugee Week Conference 2016
February 22nd, 2016

This is a guest post by Refugee Week partners International Organization for Migration (IOM) UK. It was originally posted on the IOM UK website on February 18 2016 IOM UK is delighted to be part of Refugee Week, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK […]