Refugee Week 2021
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  • Made in Migration virtual exhibition launch event

  • University of Plymouth Information Day

  • Plymouth Hope Festival 2021

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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.

The theme of Refugee Week 2021 is ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, a phrase used by Martin Luther King in his historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. The challenges of the past year have exposed the deep inequalities between us, including in housing, income and access to healthcare. But the crisis has also shown how interconnected we are – that the wellbeing of each of us depends on the welfare, safety and hard work of others. We are part of a shared ‘us’.

Credit: text adapted from the Refugee Week website.

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Today's events


Made in Migration virtual exhibition

Hosted by the Justice and Imagination in Global Displacement research collective and the Displacement Studies Research Network part of Refugee Week 2021, Made in Migration is a digital exhibition created by a specialist team of displaced people, mixed-media artists, and academics who have worked together for over a year, using non-hierarchical and prefigurative methods of research and practice.

Please join us at the launch event on Tuesday 15 June at 19:00-20:30.

The exhibition is available to view now and will remain open for months. 

Further reading: What is home? What does home mean to you?


University of Plymouth Information Day

Each year, as part of Plymouth Refugee Week, the University runs an Information Day, for people with a sanctuary seeking background, to come and chat about applying to University and what courses are on offer.

This year we cannot meet face to face but we would like to offer the opportunity online for people to ask questions and get some information.


Plymouth Hope Festival 2021

Plymouth Hope Festival returns as part of Refugee Week*.

Since 2009, it has become a tradition for Plymouth to come together to celebrate diversity, promote integration, social cohesion and celebrate the contribution of refugees in the UK.

This fun family day includes dance workshops, football, food, drink and fashion from around the world and is completely free of charge.

* COVID-19 restrictions permitting and dependent on the UK government roadmap out of lockdown.


Empowering refugees to be active in their new community through active transport: MOVE Beyond

Integration of Refugees Through Sport is about more than sport. It’s about moving beyond our traditional ideas of sport and finding ways to empower refugees to be active in their new communities.

The UK partners of the EU-supported MOVE Beyond project (StreetGames, SPARC and Devon & Cornwall Refugee Support) looked outside the box to match a refugee's mechanic skills with a need for accessible transport and physical activity among refugees in Plymouth. As active transport options like cycling boomed during lockdown, Ronnei began volunteering at Bikespace bicycle repair shop - he has now repaired 20 bicycles donated for refugees and the experience landed him a job.

Contact for more information.

Have a look at this fantastic video and be inspired by Ronnei's story


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