Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20th June. This year is the event’s 20th anniversary and to celebrate the rich contribution that refugees make on Teesside, ARC are hosting an event to conclude the week on Saturday 23rd 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.
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
• To showcase the talent and expertise that refugees bring with them to the UK
• To explore new and creative ways of addressing the relevant issues and reach beyond the refugee sector
• To provide information which educates and raises awareness of the reality of refugee experiences
The ultimate aim of Refugee Week is to create better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration, enabling refugees to live in safety and continue making a valuable contribution the their community. This free community event is open to anyone who would like to attend and runs from 2pm to 7pm and will include food workshops, fun activities, performances and a cultural market place.
The event is supported by Hidden Talents Tees Valley, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Teesside Uganda Community, Bridging the Significant Gap, RASPS, Step Forward Tees Valley, Cleveland Police, Stockton Borough Council, and ARC.
The Refugee Week Celebration Event takes place at ARC on Saturday 23rd June between 2pm and 7pm. Entrance is free.