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A selection of the creative workshops taking place online for Refugee Week 2021. For full listings, visit the Events Calendar.

Giant Dolls HouseGiant Dolls’ House Workshop
The Giant Dolls’ House Project
12 June, 10.30am – 12pm
Architecture, Crafts
A dolls’ house making workshop with Archimake for the 2021 Virtual Giant Dolls’ House installation ‘Together We Care.’ Followed by an event sharing the dolls’ houses and their stories on 16 June.

V&A workshopsRefugee Week workshops @ V&A 
V&A
14-22 June
Digital arts, Visual arts, Heritage, Craft
A Digital Islamic Painting for 13-15 Year olds and a two-part workshop by Samak Bilab Bi Delo exploring the intersection of local industry, heritage craft, and material composition.

Conflict TextilesConflict Textiles workshops
Conflict Textiles, commissioned by CCGBC

14-20 June
Crafts
Through a series of online workshops, participants will create arpillera dolls responding to the theme ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’. The finished dolls will form a collective banner which will journey to the participating groups during Refugee Week.

cookalongA Virtual Cookalong with Migrateful & Majeda Khoury
UK for UNHCR with Migrateful

15 June, 6pm – 7.30pm
Food
An evening of culture and cuisine with Syrian human rights activist and chef Majeda Khoury, and British author, broadcaster and human rights campaigner, Yasmin Khan. Grab an apron and a chopping board, as Majeda will be taking us step by step through how to make one of her mother’s secret recipes, Harrak Isbaao.

Singing workshopsSinging Workshops
Celebrating Sanctuary with Birmingham Opera Company
15 June, 1pm
Music
Celebrating Sanctuary (CSB) are planning 2 singing workshops for Refugee Week in partnership with Birmingham Opera Company (BOC). Artists from each organisation will share their music and singing styles and invite participants to join in and have fun.

 Bradford Friendship ChoirBradford Friendship Choir – Open Session
15 June
Music
Open singing Zoom session with Bradford Friendship Choir Sessions, a joyful singing sanctuary in Bradford, open to everyone. The choir focuses on welcoming and supporting refugees and people seeking asylum, and on celebrating our diversity through the power of song.

blackout poetryBlackout Poetry
Positive Images Festival
17 June, 11am
Poetry
A creative activity perfect for you if you are new to, or unfamiliar with poetry, and/or looking to improve your English language. You’ll need a couple of old newspaper/magazine pages in any language, that you don’t mind drawing on, and a black marker pen or paint and white correction fluid or paint.

Taking PartTaking Part
Counterpoints Arts and Art Refuge

17 June–29 July
Crafts, Making, Games
Refugee Week sees the launch of this new online art project comprising seven weeks of playful art-making activities and games. The participatory workshops are ror a mixed group of people with lived experience as refugees, people seeking asylum, support workers, foster-carers, friends, neighbours and charity workers.

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Workshop with curator and art historian Leila Mehulić
The Higgins Bedford
17 June, 2pm – 3.30pm
Heritage, Crafts
Join Leila Mehulić for this exploration of memories and objects. Using objects from the museum collections, you will decide which objects might remind you of your homeland and past. You could add to them a picture of the item you took on your journey when you were forced to leave your home. Leila will help you create your own version of Boîte-en-valise (box in a suitcase), a work by Marcel Duchamp.

Illustrating lifeJourneys: Illustrating Life
Dulwich Picture Gallery
11 June, 6pm – 9pm
Visual art
Explore the stories of migration and travel and the influence of migration on the UK with Olivier Kugler through his Illustration work in this online workshop. Learn about the processes and techniques Olivier uses to document stories on location and pick up tips which you can use to illustrate your own stories of migration.

Ubuntu+ThumbnailUbuntu: I Am Because You Are
Migration Matters Festival

18 June, 5pm – 6pm
Storytelling
Storytelling workshop by Alim Kamara, a British-Sierra Leonean rapper and storyteller. As a child living in Sierra Leone, Alim would listen to Djelis (storytellers), admiring the way they weaved lessons through their tales. He set up Storie Storie to inspire through engaging storytelling workshops and performances based on these traditional Sierra-Leonean folk tales.

WoCTending to Our Gardens
Woc Azadi
19 June, 2pm – 5pm
Healing, Nature
An interactive workshop by and for women of colour, which aims to create a safe and brave space to explore what alternative systems of learning and care mean for us. It is a celebratory space that cultivates joy, honours our lives and the wisdoms we offer the world. Part of Migration Matters Festival