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 event

From film screenings to comedy nights, schools workshops to pub quizzes, there are hundreds of Refugee Week events of all shapes and sizes happening right across the country. Take a look at our online calendar to find out what’s on near you.


2. Watch a film

Refugee Week coordinators Counterpoints Arts have teamed up with Highlight Arts to produce Moving Worlds, a special selection of refugee-related features and shorts available to screen at reduced rates for Refugee Week. Click here to discover the programme – or if you’re watching at home, take your pick from BFI Player’s Refugee Week collection. Our resources page also has a selection of short online films highlighting refugee experiences, including a range aimed at children and young people.


3. Celebrate at your school or college

Work with young people? Help them connect with refugee experiences through a special Refugee Week assembly, lesson or workshop. Our website is full of resources including films, lesson plans and lists of schools speakers to help you plan your activities – click here to get started.


4. Share what Our Shared Future means to you

Help us fill the social media-sphere with visions of Our Shared Future by sharing yours, via this simple Google form. We’ll be turning responses into graphics which we’ll share on Refugee Week social media during the week, tagging you or your organisation. Or, just post your thoughts to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #OurSharedFuture


5. Join the conversation on social media

Follow Refugee Week on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for Refugee Week news, messages and stories of the refugees who are helping to build Our Shared Future, and join the conversation using #OurSharedFuture. Or head to the Refugee Week website to explore the Refugee Week 2017 social media pack, featuring pre-written posts, shareable images and make-your-own graphics.


6. Show the love

Helping Refugee Week to continue and grow by making a donation, or wear your support with one of our especially-designed Our Shared Future t-shirts, available from the Refugee Week shop – where you’ll also find Refugee Week badges, balloons and free posters and posters.

Refugee Week is an umbrella festival, with events held by hundreds of organisations nationwide. It is a partnership project coordinated by Counterpoints Arts.

We look forward to watching, dancing, listening, making and celebrating Our Shared Future with you!