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About Refugee Week

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement.
Through a programme of arts, cultural, sports and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week enables people from different backgrounds to connect beyond labels, as well as encouraging understanding of why people are displaced, and the challenges they face when seeking safety. Refugee Week is a platform for people who have sought safety in the UK to share their experiences, perspectives and creative work on their own terms.
Credit: text adapted from the Refugee Week website.
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Our home theme for Refugee Week 2024 - Image of a globe with people in windows.

Theme of Refugee Week 2024: Our Home

The theme for Refugee Week 2024 is “Our Home”. From the places we gather to share meals to our collective home, planet earth: everyone is invited to celebrate what our Our Home means to them.
Home can be a place of refuge, a feeling or a state of mind. It can be found in smells, tastes and sounds. From the clothes we wear to the words we grew up with. It’s in food, music and arts. It’s in our cultures and in our landscapes.
Home can be more than one place and finding it can be a journey, as it is for so many of us who have to leave our countries and rebuild our lives. Sometimes we can find home in a single person. Other times it’s in a whole community. And often, it’s in a single gesture of care and welcome.
Credit: text from the Refugee Week website. 

How we're celebrating in Plymouth

This year we have a packed schedule of engaging events, open days and activities, hosted by a network of communities across the city. 
Kicking off the festivities as usual will be the Plymouth Hope Festival – where sports, dance, fashion and food from around the world attract thousands of visitors every year.
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Saturday 15 June  | Plymouth Hope Festival 2024
The fantastic annual festival and launch of Plymouth Refugee Week. Football tournament and family fun day. Football (male, female and youth teams), live music, performers, children’s activities, art and crafts, and food from around the world.
Time: 10:00–17:00
Venue: Devonport Park, Devonport Road, Plymouth, PL1 4BT
Contact: The Plymouth Hope Team (email: info@plymouthhope.org.uk), Plymouth Hope website, Plymouth Hope on Facebook and Twitter
Monday 17 June | Refugee Week 2024 University Conference
The University is offering a chance to drop-in and meet some of the fantastic partners that support refugees across the city. As well as talks and activities we will be finishing off with a chance to meet and network with refreshments.
Time: 10:00–13:00
Venue: Room 206/207 Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA
Contact: University of Plymouth Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team (email: equality@plymouth.ac.uk, leo.leong@plymouth.ac.uk or jess.darling@plymouth.ac.uk)
Tuesday 18 June – 2 July | Give Back ‘Salam Sudan’ Display
‘Salam Sudan’ display is open to the public at The Box all day on 18 June.
Time: 10:00–17:00
Venue: The Box, Plymouth PL4 8AX
Contact: Give Back Project team (email: givebackprojectuk@gmail.com)
Tuesday 18 June | Give Back Film Night; short films  
An evening of short films depicting the current war in Sudan. O Shadow of Ours tackles the dreadful journeys of two women who fled war in big jeopardy, and 15 April is about a number of people who have survived war with utmost will and hope.
Time: 18:00–21:00
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA
Contact: Give Back Project team (email: givebackprojectuk@gmail.com)
Wednesday 19 June | Red Cross Refugee Week Showcase 
A showcase of Red Cross projects in Devon and Cornwall. Teams from refugee services and retail providing informative and interactive stalls, including food from around the world.
Time: 11:00–15:00
Venue: Red Cross building, 18 Catherine Street, Plymouth PL1 2AD
Contact: Miriam Kingoo (email: miriamkingoo@redcross.org.uk)
Thursday 20 June | Migrant Futurism: Of Other Worlds 
A conversation to better understand the hostile environment at diverse scales, focusing on refugee and asylum infrastructure here in the south west of England. With the aim to curate a diversity of perspectives and experiences that can help give shape to that picture. Attendance is by invitation only. This is an Apricot Centre and Radical Ecology event in collaboration with Devon & Cornwall Refugee Support and the University of Plymouth. 
Time: 11:00–16:00
Venue: Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA
Contact: Tilly@radicalecology.earth 
Thursday 20 June | Community Builders Event
Community Builders will host a Refugee Week event at the Genesis Building, Stonehouse, involving light refreshments, music and art and craft.
Time: 10:00–14:00
Venue: Genesis Building, Stonehouse, Plymouth
Contact: Isatta Kallon isatta.kallon@fgct.co.uk
Thursday 20 June | Give Back Film Night; long feature  
The Dam, a 2022 highly acclaimed film by Ali Cherri which merges ancient and contemporary worlds in a meditative plot about displacement, illusion, and mythmaking. 
Time: 18:00–21:00
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, University of Plymouth
Contact: Give Back Project team (email: givebackprojectuk@gmail.com)
Friday 21 June | START Walk
START will be leading a walk to Bovisand. Participants to meet at Devon & Cornwall Refugee Support, take the ferry, walk to Bovisand, enjoy lunch and walk to Radford Dip before getting the bus back to Plymouth.
Time: 09:30–14:30
Venue: Meet outside DCRS, 7 Whimple Street, Plymouth PL1 2DH at 09:30
Contact: info@startsw.co.uk or tel: 07841 985252
Friday 21 June | Cultural Kitchen Open House
Led by community volunteers, a healthy halal meal is prepared and served. You can get involved in the cooking, serving and eating.
Time: 17:00–20:30
Venue: Sherwell United Church, North Hill, Plymouth PL4 8ER
Contact: info@startsw.co.uk or tel: 07841 985252
Saturday 22 June | Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support (DCRS) – Our Home, Our Heart: Celebrating Diversity and Belonging event
Closing Refugee Week 2024 DCRS proudly announces its 25th anniversary event celebrating the meaning of home. From a shared feast and space, you will explore what home means to our community through food, music, art, and cultural exchange. 
Time: 13:00–21:00
Venue: Leadworks, 170 Rendle Street, Plymouth PL1 1TP
Contact: Alex Vessis alex.vessis@dcrs-plymouth.org

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