Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK
Different pasts, shared future
Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Refugee Week 2009 takes place from 15th to 21st June.
During Refugee Week hundreds of events exploring refugee experiences take place across the UK. In 2008, there were over 450 small and large events, ranging from big music festivals and art exhibitions to political debates, film screenings, conferences, school activities, sports and community events etc.
Anyone can get involved in Refugee Week either by organising or visiting an event or by just spreading the word! The main focus of our activities this year is the Simple Acts Campaign, which is about inspiring people to use small, everyday actions to change perceptions of refugees.
It consists of 20 actions that can be done by anyone and that encourage us to learn and do more with refugees. With every person who joins the campaign and does a small thing with and for refugees, we get a little closer to removing barriers between communities and to creating the kind of world we all want to live in.
We believe that by encouraging lots of people to do these simple, seemingly insignificant acts – read a book, tell a story or share a dish – we can begin to make lasting changes to the world around us.
It sounds simple - and it is!