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Celebrating Sanctuary London
May 16th, 2013

Celebrating Sanctuary London to kick off Refugee Week UK on Sunday 15 June with a free festival on the South Bank Plus: Palestinian cinema at the BFI (16, 19 and 22 June) New Voices at the V&A Museum of Childhood (21 June) Celebrating Sanctuary London on the South Bank Sunday, 15 June 2014, 2 – […]

Refugee Week 2013
April 5th, 2013
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Did you know that one of the designers working on Hampton Court was a Huguenot refugee? … We hope to share the interesting, often surprising facts about how refugees have contributed to the UK. Refugee Week aims to encourage a better understanding of Britain’s proud history of giving sanctuary to people escaping persecution, and to […]

Refugee Week Newsletter October 2012
October 31st, 2012

“Different Pasts, Shared Futures” Refugee Week celebrates the contributions of refugee communities to the UK and provides a platform where positive images of refugees can be promoted in order to create and uphold a culture of welcome. We have been enjoying evaluating this year’s Refugee Week activity and planning for Refugee Week 2013! In this […]

Olympic Spirit Gives Hope to Refugees
July 29th, 2012

Laura Padoan, UNHCR London, explores the lasting legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games for refugees across the world. Laura Padoan, UNHCR London 27th July 2012 As thousands of athletes and spectators from 205 countries around the world gather in London today for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, UNHCR is preparing for […]

Seeking Refuge Educational Animations Launched by Mosaic Films
July 26th, 2012
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The five films, which look at the experiences of five young people who had fled their home countries and sought asylum in the UK, are a great educational tool so we wanted to share them with you! Find them on BBC2’s Learning Zone and read more here. The five films, which look at the experiences […]

Our Evaluation of Refugee Week 2012
July 18th, 2012

The Refugee Week UK Team have been busy bringing together all of your Refugee Week 2012 activity so that we can share your achievements. Read more here! An incredible range of organisations and communities who came together to mark the occasion and promote big and small refugee contributions to this country, from 17th June to […]

Casablanca at the Victoria and Albert Museum London
June 26th, 2012

As fans of the composer Max Steiner we were excited to hear that on June 22nd, during an evening of events to promote Refugee Week, the V&A will host a free screening of the Hollywood classic Casablanca, for which Steiner wrote the soundtrack. We asked journalist Nick Shave to tell us how Steiner’s score develops […]

Dreams of Home
June 21st, 2012

Proof that he grew up on a farm, Yashar Ismailoglu’s first memory is of being kicked by a cow. His second memory is of waking from a dream to discover a snake descending on him from a branch overhead. The snake landed on his shoulder and dragged its cold scales down the length of his […]

The Success of Refugee Week Scotland and their Opening Concert
June 13th, 2012

Refugee Week Scotland and Fife’s Fence records held a “special label” showcase to mark the opening of Refugee Week Scotland 2012. The launch at the Refugee Week Scotland festival hub took place on Monday 18th June and was deemed a fantastic success. This year it was not only supported by the Scottish Government but also […]

Muamba: Symbol of refugee struggle and success
May 9th, 2012

The plight of footballer Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest while on the pitch on Sunday, has brought his dramatic life story into public view, says Sunder Katwala,Director of British Future. The article was published on the British Future website on 22 March 2012 “Joy as Muamba says first word” reads the Daily Star […]