Date(s) - Saturday 15/06/2019 - Sunday 23/06/2019
OFFICIAL PROGRAMME: https://www.upbeatcommunities.org/news/2019/5/20/refugeeweek2019.
Join us as we celebrate the contribution refugees have made to our city!
All the events (most of which are totally FREE) can be found here: https://www.upbeatcommunities.org/news/2019/5/20/refugeeweek2019.
Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on 20 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.
This year’s celebrations in Derby are being coordinated by Derby City of Sanctuary, a network of organisations uniting to make our city a welcoming place for those seeking sanctuary.
“This year the theme for Refugee Week is ‘You, me and those who came before’, an invitation to explore the lives of refugees and those who have welcomed them throughout the generations. Derby holds a marvellous history and heritage of offering sanctuary to people fleeing war and persecution, offering compassion to refugees who need protection. Those who receive sanctuary not only enrich our communities but also bring vital skills to our City including for our schools, hospitals, communities and businesses, whilst they rebuild their lives. Each day we are challenged and encouraged to give thanks for our blessed lives whilst reaching out, embracing those in moments of challenge and welcoming the stranger.” – Joseph Chivayo, Chair of Derby City of Sanctuary