Once again we had the pleasure to take part in the Launch Event of Refugee Week, traditionally held at Nottingham Contemporary, on the 17th June. Refugee Week is an international initiative and in the UK it celebrates the contribution of refugees and seeks to encourage better understanding between diverse communities. Refugee Week is an umbrella festival, with events held by a wide range of arts, voluntary, faith and refugee community organisations, schools, student groups and more.
In Nottingham, it was coordinated by Nottingham Beyond Borders and featured many activities across the city for the whole week. Despite the stunning weather, the Launch Event attracted many people and was a great opportunity for the public to gain a better insight into diverse cultures, understand the challenges refugees face in the current social-political climate, and find out about volunteering opportunities. Our stand was dedicated to our Building Stronger Communities Project, with hate crime resources and information about our community events such as Walk the Talk. We were joined by organisations such as Nottingham City Council Community Cohesion Team, Red Cross, Amnesty International, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum, Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham City Libraries and Morton Hall Detainee Visitor Group.
The event was a real celebration of diversity, with free food tasting provided by the Women’s Cultural Exchange and live, international music, interactive drumming workshop, spoken word, arts workshops, and the screening of award winning film ‘Houses Without Doors’ – by artist Avo Kaprealian.