What is refugee week?
Refugee Week is the world's largest arts and culture festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of people seeking sanctuary. It’s been running in the UK since 1998 and is always the week around World Refugee Day (20 June).
We’ve put together a toolkit with ideas and stories to interest you.
- A Community of Compassion: 5 Way to Respond
- A Community of Compassion: Theological Reflection
Who can take part?
It’s an umbrella festival which means anyone can take part no matter where they are. Last year, an estimated 1.6 million people took part in Refugee Week, with over 1000 events across the UK (including Scotland, Wales and Ireland) as well as five new international festivals (Berlin, Greece, Hong Kong, Malta, Taiwan), joining the long-standing Refugee Week.
Who is it for?
Refugee Week is for everyone. Anyone can get involved whether you have five minutes or five months to prepare something. In the past, we’ve had all sorts of individuals, groups and organisations take part. In 2023 our diocese held a number of events from art exhibitions to insightful talks, with 2021 seeing a webinar with Bishop Rose and Lord Dubs among the guests.
But none of these things happen in isolation. We know how interconnected our world is: how something seemingly “far away” impacts everyone. All of this makes us even more aware of the need to widen our circles of compassion.
“Our task must be to free ourselves – by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”- Albert Einstein