Refugee Week 2017

Kirklees Council is celebrating Refugee Week by supporting a number of local groups to plan events.

Refugee Week takes place between 17 – 25 June 2017. It 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.


How did the week start?

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.

Refugee Week aims to provide an important opportunity for asylum seekers and refugees to be seen, listened to and valued and create better understanding between different communities.

Kirklees voluntary sector and Kirklees Council continue to work together to create a safe and friendly place for refugees. This year’s programme revolves around the sharing of food and hospitality as a way of bringing everyone together, especially at the end of Refugee Week that coincides with Eid.

What is happening?

During the week 34 events are planned to take place which include refugees handing out free tea and cake to commuters at Huddersfield Train Station; a football match in the evening between Eritreans and students at the University of Huddersfield Sports Centre, and a celebration event with a shared picnic of national dishes, activities for children, and music and dancing. At the celebration event Textile artist, Naomi Parker will run a family workshop to create a banner of shared fellowship with families and their supporters.

Jane Wood and Maggie Speight, from Sanctuary Kirklees said:

“It’s great to see the breadth of groups welcoming and supporting refugees across Kirklees and working together to provide such a varied and vibrant programme of events for Refugee Week.  Happily, Refugee Week coincides with the Great Get Together this year. Both initiatives invite people to remember that we have more in common than that which divides us.”

Where can I find out more?

Refugee Week booklet


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