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Saturday 16 June 2018 - Sunday 24 June 2018

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Cambridge Refugee Week
Various locations
East England


Refugee Week in Cambridge



Arts and Culture

refugee week

A series of events across the city - full brochure below.

Saturday 16th June
2:00 pm
Flamsteed Rd, Cambridge, CB1 3QU

Rustat Neighbourhood Association and 28th Cambridge Scouts
Great Get Together street party.
Free Event

Rustat Neighbourhood Association and 28th Cambridge Scouts are holding a Street Party in honour of Jo Cox and the Great Get  Together in Flamsteed Road. All local residents welcome to celebrate inclusion and diversity in our neighbourhood.

There will be live music from local band Deep Blue, playing Blues, Soul, & Rock n' Roll.


Monday 18th June
Jesus Lane Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

The Quakers
Talk about Ending Indefinite Detention.
Free Event

Jesus Lane Quaker Meeting is hosting an event with the title Ending Indefinite Detention. We have three speakers; Fred Ashmore  a member of the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network (QARN) who represents Quakers on the Detention Forum; a speaker still to be  confirmed from Freed Voices; and Julian Huppert who as an MP was active in lobbying against indefinite detention.

See: for further information about QARNís activities.


Tuesday 19th June
Arts Picturehouse cinema on St Andrewís Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR

SOS Children's Villages
Refugee Film Night
Free Event

Join SOS Children's Villages UK for an evening of conversation and short films focusing on the experiences of refugees around  the world. The film night will showcase award-winning short films and creations from talented young refugees from the Uprising Project, a pioneering programme supporting young asylum seekers across Cambridgeshire.

After the films and popcorn, join the debate on the global child refugee crisis. Hear from leading local voices such as the
Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign, SOS Children's Villages UK and other NGOs.

The film night is being held from 9pm on Tuesday June 19 at the Arts Picturehouse cinema on St Andrew's Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR.

Entry is free.

SOS Childrenís Villages is working to protect and care for refugee children around the world ñ in refugee camps, and along the world's key migrant routes.


Wednesday 20th June
10:00am - 4:00pm
Anglia Ruskin University, 247 East Road, Helmore Building Recital Hall, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

Symposium - "Refugee Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities in Creative Practice Research by StoryLab, Anglia Ruskin University"
Free Event

To commemorate National Refugee Week, Anglia Ruskin University is planning a one-day symposium to examine creative responses  to the current refugee crisis in Europe and beyond. Run in conjunction with ARUís Migrant Studies Group, StoryLab and the  university's Refugees and Migration PhD Network, the event will feature a broad spectrum of creative practitioners and  academic researchers involved in the growing field of refugee research. It will invite theatre, film, multimedia, art and photography practitioners as well as research specialists to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of using creative practice methods to explore the politically and emotionally charged topic of the ìrefugee crisisî.
Free event. Includes lunch and refreshments.


Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June
Cambridge ESOLTHON

Free Event

This is a hackathon for ESOL (English as a Second/Other Language) resources. We want bring people together from tech, education, and refugee support groups to empower refugee teachers and students with world class resources for learning English. Details will be added to the site as we approach the event date.


Saturday 23rd June
Meet from 10.30; the walk begins at 11am.
Parkerís Piece, Cambridge, CB1 1JE.

SOS Children's Villages
Walk a Mile for child refugees
Free Event

The Walk a Mile march, in partnership with CAFOD, will begin with a short talk on the global refugee crisis by SOS Children's  Villages UK CEO Alison Wallace. Supporters will then march together towards the Emmanuel United Reform Church, where there will be a talk by MP for Cambridge Daniel Zeichner and a "Great Get Together" in memory of Jo Cox MP.

Bring a picnic to our community gathering where you can meet and talk with other marchers and celebrate Jo Cox's belief that we have more in common than that which divides us.

If you can't join us on the march you can Walk a Mile in the shoes of a child refugee anytime, anywhere ñ while taking your children to school, walking the dog or travelling to work. Please share your support on social media by posting an image of your feet with the hashtag
#walkamile and urge others to share.


Saturday 23rd June
7.30pm - 12am
CB2, 5 Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD

Strummers Refugee Week Concert
Tickets £6

A concert to celebrate Refugee Week and raise funds for Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group (CamCRAG). Acts confirmed so far include Martin Kaszak, Fara Afifi, Pat Crilly, and Peter Crossley and John Meed. or call 07799 494576


Sunday 24th June.
12:30pm - 3:00pm
Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine's Road, Cambridge CB4 3XJ

Cambridge City Council
Great Get Together
Free Event

Jo Cox MP lived her life spreading her belief that "we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us"

In that spirit, her family and friends are inviting people across the country to mark the anniversary of her murder by organising or attending a celebration in their community. Join us at the Meadows Community Centre to celebrate her life through companionship, food, music, arts and crafts.


Sunday 24th June.
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine's Road, Cambridge CB4 3XJ (part of the Cambridge City Council's Great Get Together Event above)

S.O.S. Tents - Tent-making for Calais refugees
Free Event

The L'Auberge des Migrants warehouse in Calais distributes donated tents to the approximately 1000 refugees, 200 of whom are children, who are hiding in fields and waste land. However, when the French riot police (the CRS) find them they destroy them immediately and pepper-spray or tear-gas all other belongings.

We need to help the refugees survive winter. We are creating a simple design for a tent that can be made from surplus materials using volunteer labour in both Cambridge and Calais. Join us to design and build some S.O.S. Tents!