Football and Refugees: Learning from Refugee Week and Beyond (09 February)
How can football bring communities together, challenge stereotypes and help newcomers feel at home? What do these uncertain times mean for football projects with refugees? A workshop sharing learning from Refugee Week and beyond. Led by David Feindouno, founder* of Plymouth Hope Festival, which before Covid brought newcomers and longstanding residents together in their thousands for a football tournament every Refugee Week.
Chaired by David Feindouno, Founder and Chair, Plymouth Hope, with:
Bilal Hussain, Community Organiser, Football Welcomes (Amnesty International)
Who Decides? Supporting Lived Experience Leadership (18 February)
We may be passionate about people with lived experience taking the lead, but how do we actually put this into practice in our organisations and activities? This workshop will explore what ‘lived experience leadership’ really means and ask how we can help make it happen, especially when capacity and resources are limited.
Chaired by Ali Torabi, Refugee / Programme Manager Rights & Justice – Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, with:
Loraine Masiya Mponela, Chairperson, Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group (CARAG)
Fred Kastner, Director of Social Innovation at TERN
Salani Mutseyami, Former Chair of Nottingham Refugee Week & Refugee Week Leadership Group 2019
Storytelling is a powerful tool for helping us understand and empathise across difference, but asking people to ‘share their story’ also comes with risks. This workshop will explore how storytelling can be done in an ethical and empowering way, as well as asking what alternatives there are to first person testimony.
Chaired by Allan Njanji, Doctoral Researcher: Media and Migration, Nottingham Trent University, with:
Rifaie Tammas, Syrian Activist and PhD researcher at University of Sydney
Kolbassia Haoussou, Survivors Speak OUT, Freedom From Torture
Claire Webster Saaremets, Skimstone Arts
Smajo Beso, Researcher and former refugee from Bosnia
The theme of Refugee Week 2021, ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, is an invitation to reach beyond our usual circles and make new connections. This workshop will explore how we can engage new audiences in Refugee Week events and activities of all sizes, including when capacity and resources are limited.
Facilitated by Tom Green, Counterpoints Arts, with:
Networking Session in Arabic جلسة للتواصل باللغة العربية (02 March)
A networking session in Arabic for anyone involved or interested in arts, cultural or social projects relating to refugees. Hosted by Rana Ibrahim, Founder and Leader of Iraqi Women Art and War
جلسة للتواصل لكل المهتمين في المشاريع الفنية والثقافية والاجتماعية التي تخص اللاجئين. بإستضافة رنا إبراهيم مؤَسِسة (برنامج المرأة العراقية الفن)
The video explains what Refugee Week is and how you can get involved, with an example of a project from Iraqi Women Art and War:
Racial Justice and Refugee Solidarity (4 March)
What does Black Lives Matter mean for the refugee solidarity movement? Following the Refugee Week 2021 theme of ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, this workshop explores how we can bring an informed commitment to racial justice into our work and build connections and solidarity with racial justice campaigns.
Ambrose Musiyiwa, Doctoral Reseacher at University of Manchester, researching refugee artists, performing arts practices & the UK
Laura Nyahuye, Artist, Designer and Founder of Maokwo