Refugee Week 19th -25th June 2017

We are very excited to announce events for Refugee Week 2017 in Swindon!

This year’s theme is ‘Different pasts, shared future’ and we have some wonderful public events planned throughout the week, plus schools & colleges taking part in activities during the week exploring this year’s theme!

Refugee Week Swindon 2017 has been a collaborative effort between us and many other organisations in our community.

Public events listed below (in order):



When: Saturday 17th June
Time: 12pm – 3pm

Where: Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square, SN1 5BP Swindon

On 16-18 June communities across the UK will be getting together with their neighbours to be part of a national celebration of what we have in common with each other, in honour of Jo Cox MP.

We’ve decided to host a Great Get Together event at Central Community Centre on Saturday 17th June from 12 – 3pm. We’ve also teamed up with other local groups including The Harbour ProjectSwindon City of SanctuaryVoluntary Action Swindon (VAS), the United Lunch Club, Swindon Food Network.There will be food and refreshments available for affordable prices from Our Farmhouse Kitchen and the United Lunch Club – who cook wonderful Caribbean food… And as long as the weather is good, we will be out in the courtyard having fun in the sun!

This event is open to everyone no matter what part of town you live in, so please feel free to bring family and friends along.

We hope you can join us!

When: Wednesday 21st June

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Where: artsite Number Nine Gallery, Theatre Square. Swindon. SN1 1QN

We’re immensely excited to announce that Gil Mualem Doron, internationally renowned artist, will be paying us a visit as part of a private view at Artiste’s Number Nine Gallery in Theatre Square on Wednesday 21st June, from 7-9pm.
Gil’s ‘New Union Flag’ is an exciting interactive installation that challenges our perception of what it means to be ‘British’. Gil has exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern and we are extremely fortunate to be able to welcome him to Swindon! Find out more about Gil’s work at –

‘A Shared Future’, an exhibition of exhilarating and beautiful paintings by local asylum seekers and refugees, will also be on display on the night and will continue at Number Nine for the rest of the week, from 10am-1pm on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June.

The private view is a free event to attend, but spaces are limited so you must reserve a ticket via this link –

Gil will also be running a series of workshops with schools in Swindon to create their own flags throughout the day on Thursday 22nd June.


When: Thursday 22nd June
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: Darkroom Espresso, 11 Faringdon Road, SN1 5AR, Swindon
This evening is a meeting of minds and a joining of thoughts; a place for discussion, conversation and ideas.

Taking place at Darkroom Espresso alongside our regular Thursday ‘We’re Open’ network and social evening, the event welcomes all-comers.Beginning with some short talks from a select group of local representatives, the evening will continue with a chance to meet and exchange ideas on culture, assimilation and community, with people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Places are strictly limited in this unique venue – entry is free but a ticket/registration must be secured in advance from our Eventbrite event page:

When: Friday 23rd June
Time: 8pm-11pm
Where: Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square, SN1 5BP Swindon

Join us for an evening of film and performance at Swindon’s Central Community Centre as part of Refugee Week 2017.

We will be showing the wonderful ‘Queen’s of Syria’, which follows a group of Syrian Refugee women as they put on their own updated, Arabic version of Euripides’ ancient Greek play about refugees in Amman, Jordan, with live performances after the film.

Tickets cost £5 and can be booked by clicking on the following link:


Queens of Syria tells the story of sixty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy all about the plight of women in war. What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in the 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved, and bereaved by the Trojan War. The group have six weeks until they are to perform to an audience of hundreds. Not one of them has acted before…

When: Saturday 24th June
Time: 1pm-4pm
Where: Community Centre at Christ Church Swindon, Cricklade Street, SN1 3HB Swindon

Join us for a Global Tea Party at Christ Church Community Centre on Saturday 23rd June, the main event for Refugee Week Swindon 2017 and the biggest family tea-party ever!

The event will be opened by a local VIP and there will be music, fun, food, cakes, and tea, of course. You will have the opportunity to meet people from different local communities and maybe make a few new friends. Drama, singing and other fun things for all the family…. Let’s celebrate our shared future together!

Programme for this event will be announced shortly, so watch this space!

When: Saturday 24th June
Time: 5.30pm – 11pm
Where: The Beehive Swindon, 55 Prospect Hill, SN1 3JS, Swindon

Join us at one of Swindon’s most famous pubs, The Beehive, for a sharp evening of music and the spoken word!

Brilliant local bands/singers will entertain you while you listen to Curtis Arnold-Harmer of Xhibit Theatre, deliver his politically charged spoken word performance. This performance is filled to the brim with energy and will leave you questioning your opinions and the opinions of those around you – “A strong and articulate politic and intention, a solid agit-prop-inspired piece of work” – Robert Jude Daniels, Artistic Director of BootWorks.

There will be music from Grasslands, The Big Heart, Nick Felix, Moleville, Drew Bryant and Mr Love & Justice.

The programme for this event will be announced very soon!

Free admission but we will be raising funds for The Harbour Project and Swindon City of Sanctuary on the night.
When: Sunday 25th June
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Where: Central Library Swindon, Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1QG

A musical acoustic afternoon held in the courtyard at Central Library, hosted by some of the talented musicians that Swindon has to offer, from young songwriters to established musicians, all celebrating the theme of our shared community.

There will also be short talks from representatives from The Harbour Project, and Swindon City of Sanctuary as well as a cake sale and raffle with proceeds going to support the charitable work of both organisations.