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Refugee Week 2019

Refugee Week 2019

Refugee Week (June 17 – 23) is a national celebration which provides an opportunity to recognise and better understand the courage and contribution of refugees.   In the UK, Refugee Week is a programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

The aims of Refugee Week are:

  • To encourage a diverse range of events to be held throughout the UK, which facilitate positive encounters between refugees and the general public in order to encourage greater understanding and overcome hostility
  • To showcase the talent and expertise that refugees bring with them to the UK
  • To explore new and creative ways of addressing the relevant issues and reach beyond the refugee sector
  • To provide information which educates and raises awareness of the reality of refugee experiences

Refugee Week is an umbrella festival, with events held by a wide range of arts, voluntary, faith and refugee community organisations, schools, student groups and more. 

The Victoria and Albert are conducting talks, dance and gallery events this week for Refugee Week, including a talk by Mehzebin Adam on collecting and curating the history of the British Red Cross’s journey with refugees from 1897 to the present day, a delve into the V&A Prints and Drawings archive with Assistant Curator Rachael Chambers and learn about stories of migration represented in the collection.

WeWork is celebrating World Refugee Week in Devonshire Square from June 18-21. It showcase the culture refugees bring to London from around the world with events, concerts, cinema, cooking classes, workshops and pop-ups.

You can see more events being held in London to mark Refugee Week here.