June events: Iftaar (3rd), Refugee Week (18th-24th)

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Truby’s Garden Tea Room invites you to the Great Get Together Iftaar 2018 on Sunday, 3 June, 7.30pm -10.30pm to join the communities of Milton Keynes in celebrating diversity and everything that unites in celebration of the blessed month of Ramadan.  This event is brought together with support from MK Community Foundation and hosted by Trubys Garden Tea Room (an interfaith cafe lead by Muslim Women to create opportunities for positive dialogue between Muslims and the wider community) in collaboration with a range of diverse faith and cultural community groups. See the details and links to booking information on our Events page at rwmk.org.uk/events


Later in June (18th-24th) is Refugee Week, which takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on 20th June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme (see refugeework.org.uk) of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

The Open University will be holding a range of events from Monday 18 to Friday 22 June. Below is a summary of programme highlights. You can find an outline of the programme below. Full details, links to register for events, and updates are available at open.ac.uk/ikd/refugeeweek and you can also download a poster.

  • Art exhibitionOU Library, Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 June
    Art work designed by detainees in Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre
    ‘Origami Art in Immigration Detention’ installation by Joanne Vincett, OU Faculty of Business and Law
  • Panel Event, Open University Camden Office, Monday 18 June, 18.30 – 20.00
    ‘Welcome to the Prison Island (Lesbos): immobilisation, solidarity, resistance’
  • Film screening, Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall Campus, Tuesday 19 June, 17:00
    Human Flow (2 hours 20 minutes)
    A film by Ai Weiwei
    More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.Shortly before the main screening, we will be showing two short films, developed with input from two OU academics, Dr Vita Terry and Dr Amy Charlesworth.
  • Panel Event, Acorn House, Milton Keynes Community Foundation, Thursday 21 June, 18.30 – 20.00
    ‘Refuge or detention? Challenging the hostile reception of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK’

See full programme details, list of speakers, panellists, notes, etc at open.ac.uk/ikd/refugeeweek

More details of national activities can be found at refugeeweek.org.uk