A selection of the creative online workshops you can take part in during Refugee Week 2020, 15-21 June. Workshops are free and everyone is welcome. Advance booking is usually required.

For the full list of what’s on for Refugee Week 2020, visit our events page.


World from my windowWriting Your Window Words, 15 June, 2-3.30pm
Good Chance Theatre and World From My Window
Join internationally renowned poet and playwright Inua Ellams and Diyo Bopengo from Good Chance Theatre’s Change the Word poetry collective for this special writing workshop, and contribute to a new collaborative piece of writing sourced from the windows of the world. More details


Everyone CANEveryone CAN Programme, 13 – 21 June
A series of multilingual digital arts workshops available online during Refugee Week. Refugee and migrant artists have been part of the devising, delivering and filming of this range of workshops which include storytelling, music and craft activities recorded in English and Cantonese, Farsi and Arabic. More details


Together workshopsTogether Workshops, 14 & 21 June, 4.30-6pm
Counterpoints Arts and PSYCHEdelight

PSYCHEdelight, the theatre company behind the ‘Borderline’ satire about the Calais Jungle, invite people of different ages and backgrounds to come together for fun improvisation sessions responding to the Refugee Week theme of ‘Imagine’. More details


Our-DreamsOur dreams, 15 – 20 June
Migrant Help
Create your own dream picture using basic materials you have at home. Award-winning artist Salma Zulfiqar will help you to draft your idea and give you some simple drawing skills and colouring methods. More details



African fusion danceAfrican Fusion Dance Workshop, 15 June 5-6pm
Migration Matters Festival
“Release the energy, expand the soul, embrace the roots…” This Mulembas d’Africa dance class focuses on the primal power of movement as ritual and performance. Through the rhythms of Kuduru, Kizomba, Semba, Rebita, and other African beats, Mulembas constitutes not just a dance class but a community to belong to. More details


Aida SilvestriArt Refuge and Aida Silvestri: Online Workshop, 16 June, 11am – 12pm
Counterpoints Arts
Join Art Refuge and artist Aida Silvestri to learn about their practice and take part in the Coronaquilt Silhouettes project – part of Coronaquilt, an international collaborative project celebrating rituals of the everyday. More details


Syrian SunflowerCooking with The Syrian Sunflower, 17 June, 12 – 2.45pm
“When you share food, you share love”. Majeda, Syrian chef and founder of The Syrian Sunflower company, demonstrates  how to make two traditional Syrian recipes, and shares her own personal journey as a Syrian refugee to help raise awareness of the Syrian humanitarian crisis, and the ongoing struggles of refugee communities. More details


Gesture Exchange

Gesture Exchange, Farah Salah, 17 & 19 June, 10 – 12.30am
Dance Base
Edinburgh-based Palestinian dancer Farah Salah brings participants from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds together for a morning of movement, connection and collaboration. More details


Alim KamaraAlim Kamara storytelling workshop, 19 June 4 – 5pm
Migration Matters Festival
Have you ever wanted to be a storyteller? Join the international storyteller and hip hop artist Alim Kamara who will be sharing engaging stories along with tips and techniques to get you ready for the stage. More details


Starting to write your migration storyStarting to write your migration story, 19 June, 11am – 1pm
Migration Matters Festival
Do you have a powerful, migration-themed story? Get started with this introductory, writing-from-life workshop by writer Karola Gajda. There will be a chance to read out pieces, live, with other workshop participants of the group via Zoom. More details


Hiphop dance workshopHip Hop Dance Workshop, 19 June 2 – 3pm
Migration Matters Festival
Have fun, break a sweat, and learn something fresh in this hip hop dance workshop for people of all levels by British East-Asian dancer and choreographer Si Rawlinson, who uses dance to explore compassion, identity, and our dissonant relationship with a changing world. More details


Artist Workshop - Using AutobiographyArtist Workshop- Using Autobiography, 20 June, 11am – 1pm
Phosphoros Theatre
A practical workshop for early-career artists interested in making work that engages with autobiography. The workshop will be led by Phosphoros Theatre’s creative team and will introduce artistic techniques and examples from their work staging refugee narratives, with time for discussion about practical, ethical and methodological decision making. More details


COTWCitizens of the World Open Rehearsal, 17 June, 7 – 8.30pm
Citizens of the World
Join the Citizens of the World Choir for an open rehearsal with special guests and learn some music and sing from the comfort of your own home. Bring your own cake! More details