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A date for your diaries! Refugee Week 2020 will be taking place between 15-21 June. Watch this space for more information on our theme for next year.


 

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REFUGEE WEEK 2019 WHAT NEXT? 

Thank you to everyone who made Refugee Week 2019 such an amazing celebration of everything refugees bring to the UK!

The festival may be over, but the movement for the rights of people seeking safety continues – and is more important than ever.

Whether it’s through joining a campaign, welcoming refugees in your community or embarking on a creative project, we hope you’ll feel inspired stay involved.

Here are some ideas on how you can Join the Movement to get you started […]


 

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Foyles bookshop are joining us in celebrating Refugee Week with this blog post from children’s author, Chris Naylor-Ballesteros, listing his favourite picture books on the theme of home and migration, for both adults and children. Read more here.


 

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The HuffPost are showing their support for Refugee Week with an incredible series of blog posts from our Refugee Week Ambassadors. Read the first post here from Maya Ghazal as she shares her incredible story of overcoming discrimination as a refugee to pursue her dream of becoming the first female Syrian pilot […]


 

 

We are very excited to launch our new animation for Refugee Week! Read more about our collaboration with award-winning animation studio, Fettle and how they created this beautiful animation with a specially commissioned poem by Julian Jordan and music by Haymanot Tesfa […]


 

 Language course provider Rosetta Stone team up with Refugee Week this year to provide 1000 free courses to refugees! Read more here


 

 

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Refugee Week 2019 Playlist is now available!

Follow us on Spotify and tune into our playlist for Refugee Week – an incredible mix of music inspired by refugee artists and those creating music to support displaced people. Tracks include special requests from our Refugee Week Ambassadors. Listen here


 

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Refugee Week in the news 

Jillian Edelstein’s stunning series of portraits – a special commission for Refugee Week featuring eleven prominent public figures who all share a refugee heritage – was featured in the guardian newspaper last week. Jillian’s photographs are the inspiration behind our 2019 promotional materials. View her photographs here.


 

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Teaching resources for Refugee Week 2019 now available from The British Red Cross

Using the theme of ‘You, me and those who came before’, The British Red Cross teaching resources for 2019 are now available to download here. This year’s Refugee Week materials consider the generations of refugees throughout history who have had to start new lives elsewhere.


 

The shop is now open for Refugee Week 2019! Order your free materials today.

The Refugee Week 2019 posters and postcards are are now available to order. Hot off the press, the brand new materials can be ordered free of charge (you just pay for the postage) from our online shop.

Inspired by this year’s theme of ‘You, me and those who came before’, our stunning design is based on eleven portraits by the internationally renowned photographer, Jillian Edelstein […]

 

 

Storify of Refugee Week Conference 2018
March 2nd, 2018
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[View the story “Refugee Week Conference 2018” on Storify]

How to work “with” refugees as activists
February 26th, 2018
Survivors Speak OUT workshop at Refugee Week Conference 2018

With Refugee Week 2018 (18- 24th June) fast approaching, Survivors Speak OUT went along to speak to activists at the Refugee Week Conference about how to work with refugees in public facing work in a respectful way and on an equal playing field. Guest post by Shameem Sadiq-Tang, Survivor Activism Manager at Survivors Speak OUT, Freedom […]

Refugee Week Conference 2018 materials
February 26th, 2018
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  On 12 February 2018, over 250 people from across the UK gathered to share ideas and inspiration in preparation for the special 20th anniversary edition of Refugee Week (18-24 June 2018). Below are notes and resources from the six workshops that were held during the conference. For more details and visuals from the day see: Refugee […]

New World Vision by Fatima Diriye (and friends)
February 26th, 2018
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One word for each year of Refugee Week. That was the challenge taken up by poet Fatima Diriye at Refugee Week Conference 2018. Together with fellow poet and facilitator Laila Sumpton, Fatima ‘crowdsourced’ words and phrases from a room of around 250 Refugee Week supporters, inspired by the festival’s upcoming 20th birthday. A few hours and some […]

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]