Photograph (c) Misan Harriman
Refugee Week is here, and everyone is invited.
Join us 14-20 June to make new connections and discover the stories, perspectives and creative work of people who have had to flee their homes and start again.
Refugee Week is an annual festival celebrating the contributions of refugees, and the theme for 2021 is ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’.
Here are six ways you can take part:
1. Attend an event or activity
From comedy and cooking workshops and music walking tours, the Refugee Week 2021 programme has something for everyone.
Refugee Week is an ‘umbrella festival’ with events held by hundreds of groups and organisations across the country, and there are both online and in person activities happening for 2021.
Visit our events page and ‘What’s On’ round up blog posts to find an event, and check out the programme for Refugee Festival Scotland here.
Don’t miss the official launch of Refugee Week, taking place online in partnership with Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 on 14 June, 11am.
2. Hold an event
It’s not too late to organise a Refugee Week activity in your workplace, neighbourhood or community.
See the ‘Hold an event’ section of the Refugee Week website for resources, ideas and guidance.
3. Do a Simple Act
Simple Acts are everyday actions we can all do to stand with displaced people and grow our understanding of refugee experiences, such as watch a film, read a book or have a chat.
Pick one to do during Refugee Week and share on social media using #SimpleActs. The Simple Acts pages of our website have ideas and resources to help you.
4. Get involved at your school
Teachers, educators and families across the country support thousands of children and young people take part in Refugee Week every year, developing an understanding of refugee experiences many will carry with them into adult life.
Our Children and Young People’s Pack has films, books, learning packs and other activities for all Key Stages – check it out here.
5. Join in on social media
Follow Refugee Week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share posts that inspire you with your networks. For your own posts about Refugee Week, the hashtags are #RefugeeWeek2021 and #WeCannotWalkAlone .
For shareable graphics and suggested posts, check out the Refugee Week 2021 social media pack.
6. Wear the t-shirt
Celebrate Refugee Week and show your support with the new t-shirt, featuring a constellation design based on the Refugee Week logo, inspired by the beauty that lies in our differences and our togetherness. Order yours (or get one for a friend) on the our online shop, where you’ll also find a new range by Anqa Collective celebrating the theme ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’ and the special Refugee Week edition of ekō magazine featuring artwork and writing in English, Arabic and Farsi.