Sunday, 18 June 2017
Events to celebrate Refugee Week, marked in UK from June 19 – 25, are taking place across the city, hosted and organised by City of Sanctuary Southampton.
Refugee Week takes place every year around World Refugee Day on June
20. In the UK, Refugee Week is an umbrella festival, comprising a
nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that
celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and encourage a better
understanding between communities.
Stephen Press, Chair of City of Sanctuary Southampton said:
“Southampton is proudly a City of Sanctuary – we have welcomed and
benefited from people seeking asylum for centuries. We at City of
Sanctuary Southampton are proud to be coordinating our City’s activities
to recognise Refugee Week. The theme this year is Our Shared Future.”
taking place include a concert, film screenings and a RefuTea Party, as
well as a Learning Day, Women’s Health Fayre and event to collect
donations for refugees locally and in refugee camps. World Stages Now, a
local theatre company made up of refugees and asylum seekers, will also
be performing their new drama ‘Behind Closed Doors’ for the first time.
And building on awards to two Southampton Schools who achieved
“School of Sanctuary” status in Refugee Week 2016, a number of new
awards are due to be presented this year.
“Please join in the activities and help make the city more welcoming.
Check out the City of Sanctuary Southampton website and Facebook page
for more details of what’s on during refugee week,” said Stephen.
Website giving details of what's on over the week