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Counterpoints Arts

Monday 07 February 2022 - Friday 11 February 2022

12:00 am




Refugee Week Conference 2022




Conference/seminar/lecture, Featured

(c) Ambrose Musiyiwa

How can arts, cultural and community activities can help us create a kinder, more welcoming world?

The Refugee Week Conference 2022 is taking place online on the mornings of 07 and 11 February. Visit the Eventbrite page to book your place.

Join others from across the UK and the world to share inspiration, learning and ideas ahead of Refugee Week 2022 in June.

Whether you’ve been part of Refugee Week for years or are interested in getting involved for the first time, everyone is welcome.

The Refugee Week conference is for anyone who is interested in taking part in Refugee Week, an annual festival celebrating the contributions of refugees.

Refugee Week 2022 is 20 - 26 June, and anyone can take part by holding their own event or activity, big or small. The theme of Refugee Week 2022 is Healing.

If you have any access needs or require data to join the conference, please email

The sessions will be different on both days - join us for either or both.



1030-1130: Group Session

HOST: Laura Nyahuye, Artist and Founder of Maokwo and member of the Refugee Week Advisory Group

  • Welcome - Laura Nyahuye
  • The Importance of Refugee Week Yoday - Enver Solomon, CEO of Refugee Council and Chair of Refugee Week
  • What Healing Means to Me – Dima Aktaa, runner
  • How to Get Involved in Refugee Week – Emily Churchill Zaraa, Counterpoints Arts
  • ‘Ask a Refugee Week Organiser’ – Q&A with Hadil Tamim, Artist + Reading Refugee Support Group, Canon Emma, Canterbury Cathedral and Domenica Pecoraro, Canterbury Diocese and Sara Robinson, St Augustine’s Centre, Halifax

1145 – 1245: Choice of 4 Workshops

1. Healing: Your Refugee Week Activity: Share ideas and find inspiration for activities based on this year’s Refugee Week theme, including exploring ‘Simple Acts’. Facilitated by Counterpoints Arts.

2. Britain Talks: Healing Divisions: A workshop sharing learning and inspiration from Britain Talks, a groundbreaking project run by The Mirror that brings people together to overcome political divisions. Join Ros Wynne-Jones, Razan Alsous and Kirsty McNeill to explore how we reach beyond our current circles and have positive conversations with people who have different views.

3. Bridging the Digital Divide: Access to the internet and technology have become more important than ever, and the issue of digital inclusion is here to stay. Join Jackson Harms from Migrant Help to look at practical ways to make digital events and projects more accessible. Including guest speaker Ahmed Noori, former Refugee Week Leader and author of STAR’s report on tech inequality for refugee and asylum seeking students.

4. Reach out: Media and Social Media: Tools and tips for using media and social media to promote your events and tell stories that matter, for Refugee Week and beyond. Run by Elahe Ziai and Siva Thangarajah from IMIX, a charity that works to change the conversation about migration and refugees to create a more welcoming society. IMIX leads on media for Refugee Week, including providing media support to the Refugee Week network and through the Refugee Week Ambassador Project.


1030-11: Group Session

HOST: Ayham Alsuleman, Refugee Week Advisory Group

  • Welcome – Ayham Alsuleman
  • State of the World’s Refugees - Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, UNHCR Representative to the UK
  • Open Floor - Sharing plans and ideas for Refugee Week

1115-1215: Choice of 4 Workshops:

1. Celebrating Refugee Contributions: Refugee Week is a celebration of the courage and creativity of refugees, seeking to honour all the different ways people fleeing war and persecution enrich our shared society. This discussion workshop explores what we mean by ‘celebrating contributions’, and asks how we can do so in a way that values everybody and defends seeking safety as a universal right. Led by Loraine Mponela, Chair of CARAG and member of the Refugee Week Advisory Group and Tom Green, Counterpoints Arts.

2. Welcome through Football: A workshop about the power of football to bring communities together and give a sense of belonging. Share ideas learning from Refugee Week and beyond about how football can help connect people from different backgrounds and make newcomers feel welcome. Led by Refugee Week Advisors Kevin Coleman, formerly Brentford FC, The FA and Kick It Out and David Feindouno, founder of Plymouth Hope Festival.

3. Climate and Refugees: Across the world, people are already losing their homes because of climate breakdown. This workshop explores the connections between climate and displacement. How can we bring climate justice into our work on refugee rights, and vice versa? And, how can we talk about climate and displacement in a way that respects the experiences and dignity of people on the move? Led by The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change.

4. Creating Participatory Spaces: What do we mean by meaningful participation? A workshop exploring how we create participatory spaces and why it matters, by Seenaryo, a theatre and play-based learning charity working with communities in Lebanon and Jordan.

Image (c) Ambrose Musiyiwa