15 Jun 2012

We are proud to support this year's Refugee Week, which focuses on the contributions of refugees make to the UK. You are invited to attend one of the hundreds of events scheduled for the across the country.

Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. Anyone can take part by organising, attending or taking part in activities.

Refugee Week events are planned at locations across the country, including:

You can also keep up-to-date by following Refugee Week on Facebook and Twitter.


Celebrating Sanctuary (including an Olympics-themed photo-call)

When: 17 June, 2-7pm

Where: South Bank area, Bernie Spain Gardens (next to Oxo Tower Wharf), Upper Ground, SE1 9PP, London

This year's events kick off with Celebrating Sanctuary, a free festival on the South Bank. It is a concoction of live music, free-flowing spoken word, food and dance.

Headlining acts include: a collaboration between the Elysian Quartet and Maya Youssef; a BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy collaboration of vallenata-style accordion and vocals; and an appearances by Jeremy Hardy, the acerbic and subversive comedian and star of BBC Radio 4's Newsquiz programme.

More details are on the Refugee Week website.

Olympics-themed photo-call

Where: Celebrating Sanctuary Festival (see above)

When: 15.45, Sunday 17 June

Attendees are encouraged to strike an Olympics-style pose for the camera in a series of group shots.

While Refugee Week organisers will provide everyone with sporting 'sweat bands' to wear for the photos, you're encouraged to dress in sportswear (eg t-shirts, track suits, trainers) in Olympic colours. If you own any relevant Olympics-related sports equipment that is easy to transport (eg a football, hockey stick, badminton racquet, table tennis bat, boxing gloves, basketball) please bring that with you.


Football tournament in Leicester

When: 16-19 June

Where: St Margaret's Pastures Sports Centre, St Margaret's Way, Leicester, LE1 3EA, East Midlands

Watch 24 teams from across the Leicester area battle for supremacy in a football tournament.

More information on the Refugee Week website. 


Special refugee week tours at the Imperial War Museum North

When: 17-22 June, 14.15

Where: Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Wharf Road, M17 1TZ, Manchester

Join us for this special tour daily between 17-22 June. It is a walk and talk exploring the theme of Refugee Week, focusing on personal stories of displacement and migration.

Stories will include that of Celia Horowitz, who came to Britain from Hamburg on the first Kindertransport in 1938. Recommended age range: 14 and above.

More information on the Refugee Week website.


Closing event: A Casablanca-themed evening at the Victoria and Albert Museum

When: Friday 22 June, 18:00 - 22:00

Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL, London

This Late Friday event is our first collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is based around the film Casablanca.

The event will feature an acoustic music fantasia, with three reincarnations of Sam in Rick's cafe on three pianos placed around the museum. The event will feature Algerian pianist Maurice El Medioni together with Syrian-born, London-based Iraqi musician Khyam Allami (piano and oud), Palestinian singer Reem Kelani and Sierra Leone born Alex Wilson (Latin Jazz piano), as well as dancers, sounds of souk, performance artists and interventions, workshops and conversations.

All of this will bring to life the film and some of the related emotion of moral and human struggle in the extraordinary and beautiful settings of the V&A.

More information on the Refugee Week website.