LEEDS REFUGEE WEEK 2018
Refugee Week 2018 is fast approaching! Have a look at all the fantastic events going on in Leeds for the celebration.
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LEEDS REFUGEE WEEK
Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide 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 started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers. An established part of the UK’s cultural calendar, Refugee Week is now one of the leading national initiatives working to counter this negative climate, defending the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host 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. We include showcasing the talent and expertise that refugees bring with them to the UK; but also reach beyond the refugee sector to explore new and creative methods for addressing the relevant issues. We provide information which educates and raises awareness of the reality of refugee experiences, with the ultimate aim of fostering better understanding between different communities and encouraging successful integration. Refugee Week is a catalyst for all of these actions, which help to enable refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution.
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. Past events have included arts festivals, exhibitions, film screenings, theatre and dance performances, concerts, football tournaments and public talks, as well as creative and educational activities in schools.
Through Refugee Week we aim to provide an important opportunity for asylum seekers and refugees to be seen, listened to and valued.
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