Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week of World Refugee Day on 20 June 2017. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourage a better understanding between communities.
It started in 1998 as a direct response to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers. An established part of the UK’s cultural calendar, Refugee Week promotes the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.
It aims to encourage greater understanding and overcome hostility; to showcase the talent and expertise that refugees bring to the UK; to raise awareness of the reality of refugee experiences; and to encourage successful integration, enabling refugees to live in safety and continue making a valuable contribution to their local community.
Refugee Week events are organised by a wide range of arts, voluntary, faith and refugee community organisations, schools, student groups and more. Past events have included arts festivals, exhibitions, film screenings, theatre and dance performances, concerts, football tournaments and public talks, as well as creative and educational activities in schools.
Anyone can contribute by organising, attending or taking part in activities.
Please visit refugeeweek.org.uk/refugee-week-2017