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Refugee Week Swindon


18th -24th  June 2018


Join us for Refugee Week 2018, where we will be hosting events all over Swindon!

These events aim to create a sense of community and hospitality in our town, to include refugee and asylum seekers from the Swindon area and to raise awareness and appreciation of the contribution that they make to our town.

Refugee Week Swindon 2018 is being organised by Swindon City of Sanctuary, The Harbour Project, Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS) and Swindon & Marlborough Amnesty.

We are still looking for volunteers for events throughout the week- if you are interested in volunteering for Refugee Week 2018 please contact us on [email protected].

Check out full details of the events below and information on how to book your ticket!


Join us for an evening of celebration and inspiration as we explore Swindon’s unique history and how it was founded upon people moving here from other places; initially from other parts of the UK and later from all over the world, as Swindon quickly grew into the industrial hot-spot we know and love today.

We will be screening the locally-made and critically-acclaimed feature film Railway Town, which was made in 2016 to mark the 175th Anniversary of ‘New Swindon’. Following the film will be a panel discussion looking at Swindon’s fascinating and fast development as a town which now has over 200,000 people speaking over 120 first languages.

This event marks the launch of Refugee Week 2018, a national week-long arts festival celebrating the contribution that refugees make to our communities across the UK.

Tickets cost £6 and can be bought via the Swindon Theatres website –


Come along to see Breathing Fire, this year’s Swindon Refugee Week playback theatre specialists. Breathing Fire will be sharing individual and collective stories, tapping into the griot (Afrikan storytelling), grounded in their ancestral heritage.

This is a FREE event, but donations to support the work of Swindon City of Sanctuary are welcomed.

For more information on Breathing Fire, check out their website at


Tune in to Swindon 105.5 for an hour of discussion on World Refugee Day!

Join us live from 9am to hear from local refugees and their experiences in settling in Swindon. We’ll be presenting a day of listening, thought and reflection.


Come to Artsite’s Number Nine Gallery for a Craftivist workshop, an informal drop in session of making and conversation on World Refugee Day, as part of Refugee Week Swindon 2018.

Free admission, just come along to get involved!


Every Thursday the Darkroom stays open late, hosting We’re Open! Why not come along to this special We’re Open event, celebrating Swindon’s Refugee Week 2018!

This is a chance to meet new people, play some games, drink great coffee and enjoy exclusive musical performances …

Tonight we welcome back some of our favourite performers for a special, extended evening of music. Headlining are the fantastic Royal Soul, with support from Woody, Sarah C Ryan and our very own Jol Rose.


To celebrate Refugee Week, local schools, along with PRIME Theatre, Swerve Dance Theatre Company and Create Studios are coming together to present a one-off show at Swindon Dance featuring drama, dance and film, inspired by refugees’ stories. Plus an opportunity to see visual art work by The Harbour Project visitors led by artist Rachel Pryor.

Get your tickets quick! £5 from Swindon Dance at


An informal buffet lunch for all, to celebrate the Swindon & Marlborough Amnesty group’s 40 years of campaigning for Human Rights worldwide.

Admission is free, but donations to Amnesty International are welcome!


Come along for an evening of live acoustic music and poetry at Savernake St Hall in Swindon! Mr Love & Justice will be hosting an evening of original music, poetry, spoken word.

Doors open at 7:30pm, and tickets are available online or on the door. Grab your tickets online here:


The Global Garden Party is an event inspired to create a friendly atmosphere for all ages, with family activities, live entertainment, dance and stalls. Free admission, come along to the Old Town bandstand to get involved!