Tuesday, June 19, 2018

It’s Refugee Week!

We’re all really excited about Refugee Week which is celebrating its 20th birthday this year! Events are happening all over the UK between 18th – 24th June with the aim of showcasing the talent and expertise that refugees bring to the UK.

Simple Acts

Refugee Week is the perfect opportunity to learn or do something simple to support those seeking sanctuary in the UK. Refugee Week have launched 20 Simple Acts that you can do wherever you are. They include sending a card and recording a 20 second message of welcome, then sharing them via social media with the hashtag #SimpleActs. We’ve been doing lots already like recording messages of welcome and making a card to welcome refugees. Check out our Twitter and Instagram during Refugee Week!

“There will be people who love you, who welcome you into this country and there will be people to support you. Don’t give up!” (Yasmin, KCL STAR)

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Upcoming Events

STAR, in collaboration with Right To Remain, British Quakers, Detention Action and Refugee Week, are hosting #TheseWallsMustFall. Join us to celebrate resistance and campaign against immigration detention with world renowned poets and musicians such as JJ Bola, Hejira and Selina Nwulu as they use their creative talents to build a culture of welcome. Make sure you grab your ticket!

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Our STAR groups put on fabulous events all year round with the aim of making the UK a welcoming place for refugees and Refugee Week is no exception! Below are some examples of what our STAR groups are up to:

Bristol STAR are co-hosting an event called Peace Feast: A Refugee Celebration on the 19th June. It will be an evening of food and music, celebrating the diversity of Bristol and the contribution that refugees and asylum seekers make to it!

Oxford STAR are co-hosting a Syrian Summer Banquet on the 22nd June. An evening of Syrian food prepared by Syrian women living in Oxford, Syrian music and short talks by special guests.

As part of Refugee Festival Scotland, Museum Without A Home is coming to Glasgow! The exhibition displays items representing solidarity and friendships that have been formed with those seeking sanctuary. Birmingham STAR donated books to the exhibition which had been available for residents of an initial accommodation centre in Birmingham during a conversation club set up by Birmingham STAR. Museum Without A Home will be at Glasgow City Chambers from Monday 18 June until Friday 22 June.

AND! There is so much more going on this year so don’t miss out and find out what’s on near you via the Refugee Week website!

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Posted by STAR team on 19/06/2018 at 03:11 PM