Everything we learned during Refugee Week 2019

Last week (17-23 June) we celebrated Refugee Week 2019, the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees.

Refugee Week

Every year Refugee Week takes place across the world around World Refugee Day on 20 June.

In the UK, the week is celebrated with a programme of arts, cultural and educational events.

These events highlight the contribution refugees make to the UK and encourages a better understanding between and within communities.

Refugee Week has multiple aims including facilitating positive encounters between refugees and the general public to overcome hostility; showcasing the talent and expertise that refugees bring to the UK; providing information which raises awareness of the reality of refugee experiences.

You, me and those who came before

The theme for this year’s Refugee Week was you, me and those who came before.

The theme invites people to discover the experiences of displacement found in our families, neighbourhoods and history.

The public were invited to explore the lives of refugees, and those who have welcomed them, throughout the generations.

Credit: @UNHCRUK on Twitter

Through social media, events and public talks communities were able to travel through generations and learn how people escaping war and persecution have been welcomed in the UK for hundreds of years.

By bringing together the young and the old it has shown what we can learn from those who have sought safety in Britain generations ago and today.

Culture

In Scotland the contribution refugees make to society is highlighted during Refugee Festival Scotland.

Taking place from Thursday 20 June to Sunday 30 June the ongoing festival celebrates food and drinks, music and poetry, art, languages and new ideas.

This year, the festival’s theme is making art, making home. It focuses on the talent, creativity and resilience of new Scots artists and community groups.

The programme includes events taking place throughout the country. Some events are taking place in multiple cities like the visual art show Freedom Of Movement.

Find out what events are still taking place here.

Did you take part in Refugee Week 2019? Let us know on Twitter and Instagram.

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