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Watch: Refugee Week in Salford
June 18th, 2015
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Refugee Week in Salford getting its groove on! For more information about Refugee Week Salford visit and follow @Salfordrefugeew on Twitter Video by Pendleton TV

Refugee Week is here!
June 14th, 2015

Refugee Week is a programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities across the UK and beyond, which celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and promote better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. This Refugee Week (15-21 June), we invite you to get together, get creative and celebrate the contributions and resilience […]

Watch: ‘Nowhere is Home’ by Manaf Halbouni, 2015
June 12th, 2015
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A car loaded with personal possessions is turned into a living space – an impossible home for a “modern nomad unable to belong and grow roots”. ‘Nowhere is Home’ by Manaf Halbouni, 2015 from Counterpoints Arts on Vimeo. This personal yet universal piece by German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni speaks of his transient life in exile […]

Welcome Tent hits the streets of Glasgow
June 12th, 2015

Scottish Refugee Council media volunteer Sorcha headed to Buchanan Street for the first Welcome Tent of this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland on Friday 5 June Blog post by Sorcha Meredith, volunteer media officer at Scottish Refugee Council After a rainy start to the day the skies cleared and the tent was joined by a series […]

My Journey: A young refugee’s story
June 11th, 2015

How do you explain what it’s like being a refugee to someone who has never been crammed into the back of a dark lorry; or been surrounded by people who don’t speak their language? Refugee Week Young Ambassador Safian Toheed (Sayf Malik) made this short film especially for Refugee Week 2015, and we think he […]

Get involved on social media
June 7th, 2015

Find us on Twitter, Facebook and (new for 2015!) Instagram and join the conversation using the hashtags #RefugeesContribute and #RefugeeWeek. Here are some ways you can get involved: 1. Share one of our #RefugeesContribute images – or find and share a contribution story of your own: Click here to browse all the images and choose […]

Share the story of a hidden refugee contribution
June 7th, 2015

Show the world you recognise the contributions and resilience of refugees by sharing one of these slides on Twitter or Facebook – or find and share a contribution story of your own. To download an image, right click and select ‘save image as’. Twitter images: Facebook images: Graphics created by Montfort

Refugee Tales: Walking in Solidarity
May 10th, 2015

By Heba Ghanem Refugee Tales, a unique experience combining walking, art and literature with the unifying principles of compassion and solidarity, will bring together writers, displaced people and supporters to celebrate refugees, reject prejudice, and protest against indefinite detention. Following the path of Chaucer’s pilgrims who travelled along the North Downs Way from Dover to […]

The hidden history of Britain’s refugee artists
May 8th, 2015

Did you know that The Voice star Rita Ora was a refugee? Or that the family of artist Lucien Freud moved to London in the 1930s to avoid persecution by the Nazis? They are just two of the personalities highlighted by Traces Project, the first digital timeline to tell the untold history of artists who […]

Putting Refugee Week on the map
May 8th, 2015
Putting Refugee Week on the map
A new online tool shows how Refugee Week is celebrated across the country

Hundreds of organisations, community groups and venues holding Refugee Week events have been plotted on a map of the UK for the first time. From the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow all the way down to St Steven’s Church in Devon, the map highlights the range and geographical reach of those who celebrated Refugee Week […]