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Monday 10 June 2019 - Monday 24 June 2019

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Puppet show and puppet making workshop
Saturday 15th June, 2:30 - 4pm
Children's Library, the Forum, NR2 1TF
FREE. Donations welcome.

Bring your little ones to see a puppet show by the New Routes International Families Club. Followed by a puppet-making workshop.
HumaniTea Party
All week. Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm
OPEN Youth Trust Café, NR2 4SF
Art installation of work produced in workshops with Norfolk artists and participants at the Norwich International Youth Project, on exhibition at OPEN Youth Trust café, challenging perceptions of who is a 'refugee'. The HumaniTea Party is a table set for ‘invited’ famous refugee guests, with a place set representing each guest.

Hosted by The Friend Ship

Exhibit opening night - Saturday 15th June, 4.30-6pm, OPEN Cafe, all welcome


Norwich Refugee Week Launch
Sunday 16th June, 6pm
Norwich Arts Centre, NR2 4PG
FREE. Tickets available on Eventbrite:
Music from master kora player Sefo Kanuteh, poetry and world nibbles to celebrate the launch of Norwich Refugee Week 2019. Suggested donation on the night - £5.


Film screening: Capernaum (15) + short film by Norwich Schools of Sanctuary & recorded Q&A
Monday 17th June, 8pm
Cinema City, NR2 4AD
TICKETS: Adult, Retired, Student £7.70, Members £5.70
Available from Cinema City box office and online
In a courtroom, a young Syrian boy named Zain stands before a judge. He asks to sue his own parents for giving him life. The circumstances that have brought him to this point take us on a journey through his poverty-stricken upbringing in Beirut where he lives with his family.

The screening will be preceded by short film by the local Norwich Schools of Sanctuary group, and followed by a recorded Q&A with Capernaum’s director, Nadine Labaki.


Poetry writing workshop & readings
Monday 17th June, 2 - 4pm; 5 – 6:30pm
The Birdcage, NR2 1DS
FREE. Tickets available on Eventbrite:
Explore poetry around the themes of displacement, welcome and refuge in a writing workshop facilitated by local writers Ellie McKinlay-Khojinian and Gia Leboeuf. No experience necessary - workshop open to all. We welcome those who would prefer to write in their own language or who need support with written English.

The workshop will be followed by a series of readings by Egyptian poet, Salah El Nagar and Gia Leboeuf. Donations welcome.


Film screening: Calais Children – A Case to Answer
Tuesday 18th June, 2:30pm
The Forum Auditorium, NR2 1TF
FREE. Tickets available on Eventbrite:
Award winning documentary. A moving and memorable account of what happened to the unaccompanied children in the Calais 'Jungle' following the demolition of the makeshift camp in October 2016. Introduced by director Sue Clayton with Social Workers Without Borders speaking about their work.

Hosted by Norfolk County Council People From Abroad social work team. Suggested donation - £5.


Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers showcase
Tuesday 18th June, 10am – 12:15pm
Norwich Wool Loft, NR3 4LA
Monthly meeting of NK&S with display of various NK&S links with refugees.


Welcome Wheels Ride Out #2
Wednesday 19th June, 5pm
Bicycle Links, NR1 1QH
FREE. Donations welcome.
Join us for our second Welcome Wheels community bike ride. Starting at Bicycle Links, joining the Marriot’s Way, then making our way back to town to finish somewhere for cake, coffee or a pint! Distance depending on weather and abilities. Welcome Wheels is a collaboration between Bicycle Links CIC, New Routes Integration, English+, Norwich International Youth Project and Pushing Ahead to provide free bikes to asylum seekers and recently settled refugees in Norwich.


Open book club - W.G. Sebald’s 'The Emigrants'
Wednesday 19th June, 6pm
The Book Hive, NR2 1HL
Book club discussing W.G. Sebald's powerful work of fiction on the lives of four Jewish emigrants.

The Book Hive will have a display throughout Refugee Week of books by refugee writers and on the theme of displacement.


The Strangers of Norwich and Their Families: A talk by Frank Meeres
Thursday 20th June, 2pm
Strangers’ Hall, NR2 4AL
TICKETS: Adults £5, Conc. £4.50, museum passholders £4
Afternoon talk by local archivist and author, Frank Meeres: The Strangers of Norwich and their families. Booking essential. Tel. 01603 495897/ 493625


Film screening: Hamedullah: The Road Home
Thursday 20th June, 2:30pm
The Forum Auditorium, NR2 1TF
FREE. Tickets available on Eventbrite:
The self-filmed true story of Hamedullah, a boy who fled to Britain from Afghanistan as a young teen, but is then forcibly deported back by the Home Office upon turning 18.

Hosted by Norfolk County Council People From Abroad social work team. Suggested donation - £5.


Going Round in Circles - C17th circle bracelet making
Friday 21st June, 10:30am – 12:30pm & 1:30 – 3:30pm
TICKETS: Adults £6.20, Concs. £5.90, Children £5.30
English+ and the Museum of Norwich invite you learn how to make the easy craft of a 17th century friendship bracelet.
An Evening with Dina Nayeri
Friday 21st June, 7pm
Waterstones Norwich, NR2 1PB
TICKETS: £3 - available from

The author of “The Ungrateful Refugee” one of the most widely shared 2017 Long Reads in The Guardian, in conversation. Nayeri’s forthcoming book, a work of narrative nonfiction, weaves together her own vivid story with those of other asylum seekers, bringing us inside their daily lives and taking us from escape to asylum to resettlement. Cost of ticket redeemable against the price of the book on the night.

Waterstones Norwich will have a display of books on the theme of displacement throughout Refugee Week.
Colegate Connecting!
Saturday 22nd June, 12 - 4pm, then 7 - 10pm
Octagon Unitarian Chapel, NR3 1BN
A day listening, sharing and laughter. Come along to share food, make music and hear our voices in each other’s words. In the afternoon taste food from around the world, participate in music workshops and craft activities. In the evening Friar’s Quay Residents Association and The Octagon Chapel will present screening of Paddington 2.


Film screening: Paddington (U)
Saturday 22nd June, 11am, with activities from 10:30am
Cinema City, NR2 4AD
TICKETS: Children & accompanying adults £2.50 each.
Available from Cinema City box office and online
A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a new home. Kids’ Club is aimed at children aged three to twelve. No adult unaccompanied by a child will be admitted.


What Have Migrants Ever Done for Us? A walking tour of Norwich's history of migration
Saturday 22nd June, 11am - 12:30pm
Starting point: Edith Cavell monument, Tombland
FREE. Tickets available on Eventbrite:
Discover Norwich's rich history of migration into the city, including Viking Norwich, the old Jewish quarter, and Tudor Norwich. This one and a half hour walking tour will finish at Colegate Connecting. Suggested donation - £5.


Bishop's Garden Open Day
Sunday 23rd June, 1 - 5pm
The Bishop’s Garden, NR3 1SB
TICKETS: Adults £4 , free for children
Norwich City of Sanctuary, Freedom from Torture and Norwich Amnesty host a joint fund-raising event in the gardens of the Bishop of Norwich at Norwich Cathedral. At this time of year the beautiful gardens are in full bloom. Freedom from Torture raises money to support victims of torture; Norwich City of Sanctuary supports groups which work with refugees, and Amnesty International campaigns to make refugees welcome. Come along for the gardens, some refreshments, and activities, including music. The entrance to the gardens is via Bishop Alnwick’s Gate in Bishopgate, with parking nearby.


A Feast of True Stories - Refugee Week special
Sunday 23rd June, 7:30pm
Norwich Arts Centre, NR2 4PG
TICKETS: Pay what you can £5 - £15
Tickets available from NAC website and box office
Food and stories are natural companions and have been shared since the building of the first campfire. This event is brought to you by True Stories Live and the Bicycle Shop and it pays homage to that tradition. Join us and share a special feast of picnic food and true stories to mark the culmination of Refugee Week activities.


Film screening: Child Migrants Welcome?
Sunday 23rd June, 11am
Cinema City, NR2 4AD
FREE. Tickets available from Cinema City box office in person or by phone - 0871 902 5747

Come to the screening of a series of short films by Child Migrant Stories about the welcome (and non-welcome) experienced by young people who have migrated to the UK – from Syrian children on the Isle of Bute , to Iraqi Kurdish youth in Norwich. The films will be followed by a discussion with those featured in the films, chaired by the film-maker Eithne Nightingale.

Hosted by the Norwich International Youth Project. Donations welcome.


Care4Calais collection
Monday 10th - Sunday 23rd June
Union House, UEA, NR4 7TJ
Collection point: rolling cage by the Advice Centre in Union House. Collecting sleeping bags, boxer shorts, walking boots, non-perishable foods, toiletries, blankets.


Norfolk Welcomes wall-hanging
Friday 14th - Friday 21st June
UEA SU Hive, NR4 7TJ
Made by pupils from Avenue Junior School and Hellesdon High School, this giant wall-hanging is a homage to The Strangers – a group of refugees who came to Norwich fleeing religious persecution in the 16th century who helped rejuvenate the local textile industry and who have profoundly shaped our city.


Sanctuary book showcase
All week. Monday to Friday, 9am – 5:30pm
Waterstones UEA, NR4 7TR
Throughout Norwich Refugee Week, Waterstones UEA will have a display of books that focus on issues of sanctuary.


Cafés also celebrating Norwich Refugee Week
Pop in to one of our participating cafés to sample Refugee Week inspired menus and to find out more about famous people with some surprising refugee stories.


The Mitre and STN Trust 

Frank’s Bar

Woolf & Social

Sanctuary Coffee Stop and STN Trust


Moorish Falafel Bar

Open Youth Trust Café

CoCoes Café Deli