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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 […]

 

 

Counterpoints Arts’ Refugee Week 2017 Programme
June 14th, 2017
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Refugee Week is coming to some of the UK’s most prestigious cultural venues for an unmissable programme of events by Counterpoints Arts, the festival’s national coordinators. From virtual reality to interactive installations; Iranian hip-hop to the London Syrian ensemble, Counterpoints Arts presents a range of world-class performances and happenings, celebrating the Refugee Week 2017 theme of Our […]

6 Ways to Get Involved in Refugee Week 2017
June 9th, 2017
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Refugee Week is the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary. The 2017 festival is 19 – 25 June (kicking off with the Great Get Together 16 – 18 June) and celebrates Our Shared Future. Here are six ways you can get involved: 1. Attend a […]

Refugee Week Ireland: Exploring Art and Activism
June 8th, 2017
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Refugee Week 2017 will see an expanded programme of arts events taking place in Ireland. Helen Carey, Director of Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin, shares their plans for the week in this guest blog post: Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and […]

UNISON East Midlands Celebrates Refugee Week 2017
June 2nd, 2017
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A guest post by Cathy Symes, Area Organiser for UNISON East Midlands UNISON in the East Midlands has almost 100,0000 members in over 70 branches. It is our intention to encourage our members and Branches to take part in Refugee Week by providing them with the links available on the Refugee Week website and sending […]

Refugee Week and Ramadan
May 30th, 2017

Refugee Week happens every year from Monday to the Sunday around World Refugee Day, which is 20 June. This means that Refugee Week will again coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan this year. Refugee Week is a time for people of all faiths and backgrounds to come together to celebrate what we share, and we sincerely regret if […]

Refugee Week at Friends House: It’s Time to Create a Culture of Hospitality
May 19th, 2017
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A guest post by Tim Gee Calling all readers, all writers, all thinkers, all artists, all activists, all people of faith and all people without. All people of compassion need to improve the welcome for newcomers – through our projects and by changing government policy. But we are also working for something deeper – to […]

Sing for Refugee Week: A Song and a Musical for Primary Schools
May 18th, 2017
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A guest post by Caroline Hoile I work as a freelance writer and composer of songs and musical plays for primary and early years education. Lots of schools throughout the UK and across the world perform these musicals every year. They’re mostly published by Grumpy Sheep Music. I’ve been increasingly frustrated about the lack of […]

Child Refugees Welcome?
May 17th, 2017
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This is a guest post by Nola Ellen. Child refugees flee war and conflict and their journey to safety can be a long and traumatic. What can we do to ensure they feel safe, welcome and included in our schools? Who are refugees? Where are they from? Where do they go? What kinds of experiences […]

Take Part in the Great Get Together this Refugee Week
April 12th, 2017
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We're supporting the national gathering inspired by Jo Cox MP, 16-18 June

Refugee Week is proud to be supporting the Great Get Together, a national celebration inspired by Jo Cox MP on the weekend of 16 – 18 June 2017, that aims to be the biggest display of national unity since the Jubilee parties. Jo was a champion of refugee rights and believed that we have more in common […]

Storify of Refugee Week Conference 2017
February 20th, 2017

[View the story “Refugee Week Conference 2017” on Storify]