Just a reminder that our Refugee Week Event which was due to take place at HG Wells on Monday 15th June, has been cancelled due to Covid-19. However, Counterpoint Arts have scheduled a programme of online national events from Monday 15th June throught to Sunday 21st June and can be found on their website. There is a whole range of activities, including art, cooking, crafts, film screenings followed by Q&A, dance, poetry, creative writing, radio slots and much more.
You can view Surrey's long history of helping refuges by viewing their page on Surrey's Heritage's site here
Surrey History Centre holds an extensive archive of the Woking refugee charity, Ockenden, and their work with the Vietnemese Boat People in the 1970s. For this year, Surrey Heritage have recorded a video, which can be viewed here
Refugee Week takes place every year around World Refugee Day on the 20th 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.
Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers. An established part of the UK's cultural calendar, Refugee Week is now one of the leading national initiatives working to counter this negative climate, defending the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.
The aims of Refugee Week:
Date: Sunday 21st June 2020
Location: Online Events
Time: 10am - 9pm