Friday, June 16, 2017

Refugee Week - Our Shared Future

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STAR (Student Action for Refugees) is really excited about Refugee Week which takes place between 19th – 25th June under the heading Our Shared Future.

There are so many brilliant things happening all over the UK explaining why we all say that Refugees Are Welcome Here!

Refugee Week is the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

From film screenings to comedy nights, schools workshops to pub quizzes, there are hundreds of Refugee Week events of all shapes and sizes.

Venues include the Southbank Centre, British Film Institute, Victoria & Albert Museum in London; Wales Millennium Centre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Brighton Dome. Many artists performing for Refugee Week have first-hand experience of forced displacement. To find out what’s on near you check out the Refugee Week website

Refugee Week Chair and Refugee Council Chief Executive Maurice Wren said: “This year, Refugee Week with its theme of ‘our shared future’ provides a timely reminder that we have far more in common with each other than that which divides us.

Refugee Week is also supporting the Great Get Together – a national celebration inspired by the late Jo Cox MP, between the 16th and -18th of June.

Joint Refugee Week-Great Get Together events include a Syrian Refugee Community Iftar (breaking of the Ramadan daily fast). Other events include a teddy bears’ picnic in Hartlepool, a scarecrow festival in Ilkley and a medieval lunch in Coventry.

One major event in the Refugee Week calendar is likely to be the Help Refugees launch Refugee Week at the V&A Museum in London, where there will be a lecture theatre take-over on Monday 19th June.

STAR’s chief executive – Emma Williams – who will be giving a lecture about the experience of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK said: “Refugee Week is really important because it celebrates our welcome for refugees to the UK and brings us all together as one community.”

You can also join STAR and lots of other great organisations at the Southbank centre on the 24th June to get arty, check out installations and take part in the Refugee Week Big Sing!

Posted by STAR team on 16/06/2017 at 03:42 PM