Refugee Week 2019 – 17-23 June 2019

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17-23 June 2019

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Across the North West

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Refugee Week is the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees. As an umbrella festival, various voluntary groups, artists, schools and more will be running events and activities to help raise awareness of the issues refugees face, and to promote understanding between communities.

A selection of events taking place across the North West have been highlighted below. If your organisation is hosting an event in the North West and would like it to be included here, please contact us.

For more information on Refugee Week, including events taking place across the UK, visit the official website at refugeeweek.org.uk


Refugee Tales Inspired Walk, Talk & Listen
Organised by: Global Link
Date: 15th June 2019
Time: 10:00 (walk), 17:30 (meal)
Where: Lancaster Train Station (walk), Millhead Village Hall, Carnforth (meal)
Cost: Free (donations requested for evening meal)
More info/Book a place: Click here

Walkers will walk in solidarity with those held in immigration detention from Carnforth to Yealand where local Quakers will provide lunch. The walk will culminate in an early evening of Global Village Cafe food, music and multi media stories and tales of detention held at Millhead Village Hall. The walk is inspired by refugeetales.org.

Fazakerley Community Multicultural Festival
Date: 15th June 2019
Time: 11:00-15:30
Where: Fazakerley Federation Building, Formosa Drive, L10 7LQ
Cost: Free

Come along to the Fazakerley Community Multicultural Festival on the 15th June – with food, music, dance, therapies and advice!

Community Family Fun Day, Lancaster
Date: 16th June 2019
Time: 12:00-16:00
Where: 13th Scout Hut, West Road, Lancaster
Cost: Free

Refugees who have been resettled in Lancaster are putting on an afternoon of free food and activities for all the family. This event is open to all. No tickets necessary, just turn up on the day.

FESTIVAL31
Date: 17th June 2019
Organised by: SOLA Arts
Where: Merseyside
More info/Book a place: Click here

FESTVAL31 is a festival providing a platform for organisations and activists from within the Merseyside region to celebrate refugee arts & culture and widen the dialogue around the refugee experience.
This year, F31 Reflections will continue for at least 6 months of exploring, reflecting, understanding, where we are at, art for social change around the refugee narrative and plan for the coming 3-4 years of programming.

Workshop at UCLan – “The Experiences of Forced Migrants”
Date: 17th June 2019
Time: 13:00-15:00
Where: Scholars Restaurant, Foster Building, UCLan Preston Campus
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Click here

A workshop comprised of two events:
1.00-2.30 – British Red Cross Workshop
An in-depth awareness and knowledge of experiences by asylum seekers and refugees; how their difficult and almost impossible journeys to asylum impact on their physical, emotional and mental health when they arrive in the UK, how language barriers can discourage some service users from coming forward for help and also how culture differences can hamper progress in accessing services particularly education, employment housing and healthcare services.
2.30-3.00 – Video Conference from Lesvos Refugee Camp
The Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership have been running various projects involving engagement and empowerment of refugees and asylum seekers on Lesvos through the UNHCR and its supporting local organisations.
One of these is METAdrasi, which works with unaccompanied minors from countries like Afghanistan and Sierre Leone and are based at the Moria refugee camps on Lesvos.
In this live video call Lecturer Robert Walley will be talking to the audience directly from the education centre in Lesvos where UCLan University students will be delivering leadership training to around 150 unaccompanied minor refugee and asylum seekers who have arrived by themselves on the island. This project aims to empower and enable these participants, equipping them with skills vital to them starting to reclaim their lives after such shocking and harrowing journeys and ordeals.

Human Flow – Film Screening
Organised by: Preston City of Sanctuary
Date: 17th June 2019
Time: 18:00
Where: Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema, UCLan Preston Campus
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Click here

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

Mersey Gateway – Light Up The Bridge
Where: Mersey Gateway Bridge, Halton
Date: 17th June 2019
Cost: Free

To celebrate the start of Refugee Week 2019, the Mersey Gateway Bridge will be given a special rainbow light up. Come along to see the lights for yourself on the 17th June!

Art Exhibition – “Paintings – The Journeys of Sanctuary Seekers” by Mohammed Ehlalouch
Date: 18th-22nd June 2019
Where: Chester Cathedral (Cloister Room)
Cost: Free

Mohammed is a Preston based artist from Morocco. His evocative portraiture work in acrylics goes beyond brilliant technique to capturing the very being of his subjects. Mohammed’s recent work is inspired by the journeys of sanctuary seekers.

Exhibitions and Displays at Chester Cathedral
Organised by: Chester City of Sanctuary
Date: 18th-23rd June 2019
Time: 10:00-17:00 (18th-22nd), 10:00-13:00 (23rd)
Where: Chester Cathedral (Cloister Room)
Cost: Free

A series of displays and exhibitions, including:
I-Welcome Photo Exhibition: An exhibition highlighting refugees past and present by Magnum Photos, with photographs showing the situation for refugees in Calais.
Myths and Facts Display (including quiz): Come and see how much you know about refugees and asylum seekers.
Walk My Journey: A film resulting from a project by Chester’s Theatre in the Quarter, including 6 young refugees and 700 local school children.
Art Display: Art by children from St Martin’s Academy School, Chester.

Service User Day Out – Thurstaston
Organised by: Asylum Link Merseyside
Date: 18th June 2019
Time: 9:00-15:30
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Call ALM on 01517 091713
Please be aware that event is open to asylum service users only.

A free trip out for service users to Thurstaston, Wirral, with light lunch included. Bookings are first come first served – please contact Asylum Link Merseyside to book a place.

Refugee Awareness Event
Organised by: British Red Cross
Date: 18th June 2019
Time: 9:30-12:30
Where: St Andrew’s Memorial Hall, St Andrew’s Road, Bootle, L20 5EX
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Call on 0151 7025067
Please be aware that event is open to asylum seekers and supporting organisations only.

A refugee awareness event and light lunch refreshments, accessible to service users and frontline staff working with refugees and people seeking asylum. Please phone for more information.

Workshop at UCLan – “BRAVE Campaign”
Date: 18th June 2019
Time: 12:30-13:15
Where: Scholars Restaurant, Foster Building, UCLan Preston Campus
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Click here

Seventy years on from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights continue to be under threat. Those brave enough to stand up and ask for their rights, and of those of their community, are often harassed and intimidated – such human rights defenders are the subject of Amnesty International’s BRAVE campaign.

Workshop at UCLan – “I WELCOME Campaign”
Date: 18th June 2019
Time: 13:15-14:00
Where: Scholars Restaurant, Foster Building, UCLan Preston Campus
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Click here

In many parts of the world people have had to leave their homes and countries due to war, political unrest and environmental conditions – refugees are the subject of Amnesty’s I WELCOME campaign. The workshop will look at what Amnesty stands for and will explore their work through these two international campaigns.

Liverpool World Refugee Day Event
Date: 19th June 2019
Time: 11:00-15:00
Where: 27 Greenbank Court, Greenbank Drive, Liverpool L17 1AS
Cost: Free
Please be aware that event is open to asylum seekers and supporting organisations only.

A celebration for World Refugee Day, open to asylum seekers and supporting agencies. Come along and enjoy food & drink, entertainment and games, as well as exhibitions and stalls from Serco, Migrant Help, PrimaryCare:24 and other groups.

First Aid Training for Service Users
Organised by: British Red Cross
Date: 19th June 2019
Time: 11:00-13:00.
Where: Brunswick Business Park, Tower Street, L3 4BJ
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Email LAOASP@redcross.org.uk
Please be aware that event is open to asylum service users only.

Come along to a first aid training for service users, organised by the British Red Cross. Please email for more information.

Our Liverpool Refugee, People Seeking Asylum and Vulnerable Migrant Strategy Launch
Organised by: Our Liverpool – Liverpool City Council
Date: 19th June 2019
Time: 13:45-16:00.
Where: Liverpool Town Hall
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Email Susan.Cowell2@liverpool.gov.uk

The Our Liverpool Refugee, People Seeking Asylum and Vulnerable Migrants Strategy will be launched in Refugee Week at Liverpool Town Hall on the 19th June. This covers resettlement, community sponsorship, asylum, other refugees and vulnerable migrants.

‘Our Kenny’ Community Event
Organised by: Our Liverpool – Liverpool City Council
Date: 20th June 2019
Time: 11:00-14:00
Where: Lifebank Centre, 23 Quorn Street, Liverpool, L7 2QR.
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Email ellen.kiely@liverpool.gov.uk

Celebrating Kensington, community and refugee week with food, music, art and more! Please email if you are interested in performing or having a stall.

Syrian Cultural Celebration – Chorley
Date: 20th June 2019
Time: 12:00-14:30
Where: Living Waters Church, 43-45 Bolton St, Chorley PR7 3AB
Cost: Invitation only – please email for details.
More info/Book a place: Email rebeccajoy.novell@lancashire.gov.uk

Resettled Refugees are holding a sit down meal for the local community in Chorley. The afternoon will include a three-course meal, with authentic Syrian music, as well as tasters and insight in to Syrian culture.

A Taste of Syria
Date: 20th June 2019
Time: 12:00-16:00
Where: Burnley Community Kitchen, Burnley, BB11 1AE
Cost: £4
More info/Book a place: Click here

This awareness and fund raising event for Refugee Week 2019 is to support Syrian families in raising money to arrange social integration experiences into our culture and to further their understanding of British values. All monies raised will aim to provide these educational experiences. No management fees will be deducted from the collection.

Celebration BBQ Event
Organised by: Asylum Link Merseyside/Merseyside Refugee Support Network
Date: 20th June 2019
Time: 12:30-15:30
Where: ALM/MRSN, Overbury Street, Liverpool, L7 3HJ
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Call ALM on 01517 091713
Please be aware that event is open to asylum service users only.

Fab food, fun, music, and the infamous never-ending raffle! Please contact Asylum Link Merseyside for more information.

Ladies’ Celebration of Dance
Organised by: Preston City of Sanctuary
Date: 20th June 2019
Time: 18:30
Where: Sahara in Preston
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Click here
Please be aware that this is a ladies only event.

Join us for a celebration of dance from around the world. We will have teachers to lead dancing from different cultures, to a varied soundtrack of music. There will be a chance to freestyle your own dance moves and refuel with some tasty snacks!
Our dance teachers include belly dance performer and teacher Sarah Garrish. To find out more about Sarah please visit the Sarah Swirled Website.
We also have Brazilian Capoeira practitioner Tali Ta. You can find out about her classes on the Anga Capoeira Website.
This event is free but donations to Preston City of Sanctuary on the night will be gratefully received. This is a Ladies Only event.

City of Sanctuary – talk by Jonathon Ellis
Organised by: Chester City of Sanctuary
Date: 20th June 2019
Time: 19:00
Where: Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre, Chester
Cost: Free

A talk by Jonathon Ellis, Vice-Chair of the national City of Sanctuary Group. The event includes an opportunity to meet with representatives of the Chester group and hear personal refugee stories.

Refugee Week Event – Red Cross Refugee Project
Organised by: British Red Cross
Date: 21st June 2019
Time: 10:00-14:00.
Where: St Bride’s Church, Percy Street, Liverpool, L8 7LT
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Email RAMP@redcross.org.uk

The Red Cross host drop-in sessions for refugees and asylum seekers every Friday from 10:00 to 14:00 at St Bride’s Church in Liverpool. Come celebrate Refugee Week, and meet volunteers and staff from the the Red Cross, Refugee Action and Asylum Link Merseyside.

Caribbean Lunch and Lecture at UCLan – “Black People in Britain before Windrush”
Date: 21st June 2019
Time: 12:00-13:15
Where: Scholars Restaurant, Foster Building, UCLan Preston Campus
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Click here

A historical black presence in conversations from the 18th to the 20th Century with Dr Raphael Hoermann (Senior Research Fellow/ IBAR member and Lecturer in English Literature at UCLan (School of Humanities & Social Sciences), and Clinton Smith (Chair of Preston Black History Group) and Windrush generation guests.
Black people have been living in Britain at least since Roman times. The large-scale migration of Black people started after WWII with the so-called “Windrush Generation” of Black Britons but Black people have been present in public records for much longer.

Lecture at UCLan – “Black is Beautiful?”
Date: 21st June 2019
Time: 13:30-15:00
Where: Scholars Restaurant, Foster Building, UCLan Preston Campus
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Click here

The influx of immigrants from the Caribbean between the arrival of Empire Windrush and the start of the 1970s forced this country to look closely at its relationship with a people who it was happy to take from Africa to labour in the Caribbean then take from the Caribbean to labour in the UK, but not happy to reward with respect and human dignity. Physical beauty is one area where African and European cultural values clash.
The importance of physical beauty is often underestimated today. It has been argued that those who do not conform to mainstream ideals of what is beautiful can experience fewer employment opportunities, fewer career progression opportunities, low self-esteem, social isolation and even poor academic results. African people naturally fall outside of mainstream European ideals of beauty. For centuries African people have been categorised as ugly (skin too dark, hair too nappy, body too big). African communities the world over experience problems with skin bleaching, hair relaxing and unnecessary cosmetic surgery as individuals strive to distance themselves from themselves. Research into areas such as body dissatisfaction and beauty and self-esteem suggest that stronger cultural awareness can help to address these problems.
‘Black is Beautiful?’ is several questions being asked of the African community: Is black beautiful? What defines black beauty? Is colour the real issue? Is it necessary to proclaim?

Lancaster Refugee Week Celebration
Organised by: Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary
Date: 22nd June 2019
Time: 11:00-18:00
Where: Kings Community Church, Lancaster
Cost: Free

Celebrating Lancaster as a City of Sanctuary
With food from around the world, storytelling and games for children from Rwandan artist Emmanuel Bajiiji (11.30 & 2pm), comedy from Ali Mujally (3 pm), musical performances from the local refugee violinists, digital stories created by local refugees, artwork from the Sewing Circle, and a More Music Drumming workshop (4 pm).
With funding from the Local Integration Fund, Global Link and the Dukes Theatre.

Syrian Cultural Celebration – Skelmersdale
Date: 22nd June 2019
Time: 11:00-16:00
Where: The Zone, Library Southway, Skelmersdale, WN8 6NL
Cost: Invitation only – please email for details.
More info/Book a place: Email rebeccajoy.novell@lancashire.gov.uk

Resettled Refugees are holding a meal for the local community. The afternoon will include food, arts and crafts, Syrian music, as well as tasters and insight in to Syrian culture and clothing.

Chester Community Celebration
Organised by: Chester City of Sanctuary
Date: 22nd June 2019
Time: 12:00-16:00
Where: Unity Centre Cuppin Street, Chester
Cost: Free

Come and join the community at Unity Centre for a celebration of food made by local re-settled families in association with Cheshire Halton and Warrington Race and Equality Centre (CHAWREC).

Preston Makers Market
Organised by: Preston City of Sanctuary
Date: 22nd June 2019
Time: 12:00
Where: People’s Production Lab, Preston
Cost: Free

An opportunity for talented sanctuary seekers in Preston to join with local traders and crafts people to show off their talents in a variety of arts including origami, crochet and embroidery.

An Evening of Global Entertainment
Date: 22nd June 2019
Time: 18:00-21:00
Where: People’s Production Lab, Preston
Cost: £5 (children £3)
More info/Book a place: Click here

Refugees and asylum seekers contribute a great wealth of culture to both our city and country. We welcome members of the local community to join those from around the globe in a celebration of the arts.
Naveed Ahmed has been working in the charity sector for over 5 years. He’s featured on both the BBC and Channel 4. He is best known for his spoken word poetry which he performs all around the country and we are very pleased and proud to welcome him to Preston.

Morning Services with Nadine Daniel at Chester Cathedral
Organised by: Chester City of Sanctuary
Date: 23rd June 2019
Time: 10:00 & 11:30
Where: Chester Cathedral
Cost:

Morning services with speaker Nadine Daniel, national refugee welcome co-ordinator for the Church of England.

Rossendale Friendship Festival
Date: 23rd June 2019
Time: 12:00 to 5:00
Where: Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery, Rossendale
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Click here

This year at the Whitaker we’ll be celebrating ‘Refugee Week’ and ‘The Great Get Together’ with a great picnic for the whole community on Sunday 23rd June 2019 from 12pm to 5pm.
The afternoon of celebration will include lots of International & Local Music, dancing, food stalls, children’s entertainment, cultural exchange and much much more!
There will also be an exhibition of pictures from Children from local schools who have been drawing what friendship looks like to them displayed in the Whitaker.

Britain on Film: “Welcome to Britain”
Organised by: Chester City of Sanctuary
Date: 23rd June 2019
Time: 15:15
Where: Storyhouse Chester
Cost: £6.00
More info/Book a place: Click here

A collection of archive films looking back at a century of immigration to the UK. Booking at Storyhouse or at www.storyhouse.com

Wavertree Community Celebration
Organised by: The Congolese Association of Merseyside
Date: 29th June 2019
Time: 18:00
Where: Frontline Centre, 147 Lawrence Road, Wavertree, L15 3HA
Cost: Free
More info/Book a place: Email congomerseyside@yahoo.fr

A community cohesion celebration event with food and drink to share! All welcome!