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Refugee Week was held from the 19th -25th of June 2017


2017’s theme was ‘Different pasts, shared future’ and we had some wonderful public events, plus schools & colleges taking part in activities during the week exploring this year’s theme!

Our Events:

  • Lets Get Together – a national celebration of what we have in common with each other, in honour of Jo Cox MP. We teamed up with the United Lunch Club, Swindon Food Network, Our Farmhouse Kitchen to serve food and refreshments in the sunshine! Read the Swindon Advertiser’s coverage here.
  • New Union Flag Project – an exciting, interactive art installation that challenges our perception of what it means to be ‘British’ by artist Gil Mualem Doron. Read the Swindon Advertiser’s coverage here, and their coverage of his schools workshops here.
  • Sanctuary Soiree – this evening took place at Darkroom Espresso alongside our regular Thursday ‘We’re Open’ network and social evening, beginning with some short talks from local representatives.
  • A screening of the wonderful ‘Queen’s of Syria’, with live performances after the film.
  • A Global Tea Party, the main event for Refugee Week Swindon 2017 and the biggest family tea-party ever!
  • Music at the Beehive from Grasslands, The Big Heart, Nick Felix, Moleville, Drew Bryant and Mr Love & Justice. Also Curtis Arnold-Harmer of Xhibit Theatre delivered his politically charged spoken word performance.
  • Acoustic musical afternoon at the Central Library.

Read coverage of the entire week by the Swindon Advertiser and Link Magazine.