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Refugee Week 2020 bannerBringing people together from across the UK and the world, Refugee Week 2020 was a festival ‘re-imagined’.

Kicking off just a few months after Covid-19 broke out in the UK, Refugee Week 2020 took place as a digital festival for the first time, 15-21 June.

Despite the rapid move online and all the challenges that followed lockdown, over 350 Refugee Week events and activities were organised by groups and organisations across the UK, a vivid testament to the passion, commitment and responsiveness of the Refugee Week partnership and network.

At a time when community kindness was a lifeline and social inequalities were being laid bare, Refugee Week 2020 brought people together, gave a platform to the voices and talents of people who have lived through displacement, and enabled new audiences to connect with the struggles, experiences and creative work of refugees. The Refugee Week 2020 theme, ‘Imagine’, felt more relevant and important than ever.

We’re pleased to share two reports on Refugee Week 2020, which we hope will be useful and inspiring to everyone who took part, as well as those who are interested in getting involved in the future, or would simply like to know more about Refugee Week.

Read more about Refugee Week 2020 in the Overview and Selected Highlights report, and take a deeper dive with this write up of seven case studies.