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You, Me and Those Who Came Before: Legacy and Beyond.

Guest Post: Sabrina Richmond is a performer and writer and in her role as a Refugee Week Leader, she is the Globe’s Artist in Residence during Refugee Week. In this blog Sabrina talks about what home means to her […]

 


 

 

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Guest post: Singing our lives is is a ground-breaking creative process bringing together singers and musicians form refugee, migrant and local UK backgrounds to compose and perform new music together. Read more about their work and upcoming performance for Refugee Week at the Southbank Centre on 23rd June […]

 


Guest post: Inclusion begins in our communities: read more about how IOM UK are marking Refugee Week with an event at Bristol City Hall on 19th June, 5.30-7pm […]


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Guest post: The T06411 is a North African migrant boat named after the official code given by Italian customs when it was seized close to Lampedusa in 2012, with 36 migrants on board. The boat is moored in London this Refugee Week as part of a ‘floating installation’ by artist Lucy Wood.  Read more about her incredible journey and creative process here[…] 

 


 

 

Refugee Week partner up with language providers Rosetta Stone who will donate language courses to over 1000 refugees this Refugee Week. Read more about this exciting initiative here.

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Guest post: Over the last two years St Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School, Swansea has been working on themes involving, migration, belonging and looking at the challenges and difficulties faced by Asylum seekers and Refugees. Here they tell us about their collaboration with Swansea City of Sanctuary and why they are being awarded a ‘Schools of Sanctuary Status’ for their work […]

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Guest post: Refugee Week Ambassador Fatima Esayli is a young Sudanese woman, now pursuing her dreams to become an architect after arriving in the UK as a refugee at the age of 22. She talks here about how she has been able to discover herself and find a home outside of the place she was born […]

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Guest post: Polly Gifford, member of the Hastings Supports Refugees group and organiser of Festival by the Lake, tells us more about their programme for this Refugee Week and how the festival has more than doubled in size since it began in 2016 […]

 


 

Guest post: Nosy Crow children’s author Karen McCombie tells us about Scotland’s forgotten history of the Highland Clearances, when thousands of Highlanders were displaced from their homes during the 18th and 19th centuries […]


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Guest post: Meet Pam, an activist in exile and one of our new 2019 Refugee Week Ambassadors

As an activist for political freedom in her native Thailand, Pam was an outspoken student critic of the junta regime. Because of this she was mistreated, jailed and persecuted. Pam is now an activist in exile and has been living in the UK with refugee status since 2016. She works with Refugee Week partner STAR (Student Action for Refugees) as their Communication and Campaign Volunteer Officer, working to improve how we welcome students from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds here in Britain. She has written a blog for us about her work, and how volunteering in the Refugee Sector transformed her life as a refugee in the UK […]


 

Call for stories of friendship with people seeking sanctuary
February 2nd, 2018

Refugee Week partner City of Sanctuary is looking for 20 stories of friendship between a sanctuary seeker and a member of a receiving community. City of Sanctuary says: We are collecting these stories to feature them as part of celebrating Refugee Week in June. The theme this year is the 20 year anniversary of Refugee Week. […]

Christian Aid joins Refugee Week partnership
January 30th, 2018
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  We are delighted to welcome Christian Aid to the national Refugee Week partnership. Christian Aid works for and with people of all faiths and none, to strive for social justice and pursue our vision of a world without poverty. The support of Christian Aid will help Refugee Week to engage faith leaders and faith […]

Refugee Week 2018: Celebrating 20 years
December 6th, 2017
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In June 2018, Refugee Week will reach an important milestone: 20 years of celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. This 20 year anniversary is the theme of Refugee Week 2018 (18-24 June), and we’re be inviting you to take part by doing one (or more!) of 20 Simple Acts – one for each year […]

National Education Union joins Refugee Week partnership
November 29th, 2017
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We are excited to announce that the National Education Union (NEU) has joined the Refugee Week national partnership. The NEU is the UK’s largest education union, bringing together more than 450,000 teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders in schools and colleges across the UK. The NEU was founded in 2017 following the merger of the NUT […]

Solidarity with Refugees joins Refugee Week partnership
November 29th, 2017
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We are delighted to announce that Solidarity with Refugees has joined the Refugee Week national partnership. Having started life as a demonstration of around 90 thousand people through central London in September 2015, Solidarity with Refugees advocates for policy change that would save lives and give people the chance to live in safety with dignity […]

Schools do Refugee Week 2017
October 20th, 2017
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[View the story “Schools do Refugee Week 2017” on Storify]

Ashley Community Housing Celebrates Refugee Week 2017
August 7th, 2017
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A guest post by Rose Adderley, Marketing Intern at Ashley Community Housing Bristol. All of Ashley Community Housing’s regional offices have been celebrating Refugee Week across the country. In Bristol we extended the week to a longer celebration – Bristol Refugee Festival. Wolverhampton ACH also held many events to enjoy their Refugee Week. Here is a summary […]

“It feels like a family”: An interview with Sophie Besse, director of a comedy about Calais
June 22nd, 2017
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It’s the refugee arts project everyone’s talking about. In the fifth and final edition of the Our Shared Future blog series, Marienna Pope-Weidemann talks to Sophie Besse, director of Borderline comedy about Calais Calais is not a place we associate with comedy. But danger, deprivation and desperation is only half the story. Sophie Besse, artistic director […]

“When I play, the distance falls away”: Mina Salama’s musical journey
June 22nd, 2017
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In part four of the Our Shared Future blog series, Marienna Pope-Weidemann meets Egyptian instrumentalist Mina Salama, and learns about the new route his music has taken since he sought sanctuary in the UK Mina was nine years old when he found an old keyboard at his friend’s house in Alexandria, Egypt. Enchanted, the young boy sat down to play and there […]

Refugee Choir Start Summer of Performances
June 21st, 2017
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A guest post by Tess Berry-Hart There’s an interesting jam happening in the leafy suburbs of Greenwich. A choir of over 30 members from 15 different countries are performing a rendition of “Scarborough Fair” accompanied by North African darabouka drumbeats and rapping by an Iraqi refugee. From new arrivals from Syria and Afghanistan, to older generations […]