Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement. In 2020, 15-21 June refugee week is exploring the theme of ‘Imagine’, looking at imagining a different future in very uncertain times.
People in Motion would like to explore this theme and are hosting a series of online events in Refugee Week. We would love you and your communities to get involved with these events which we hope will all bring us together and be a bit of fun.
The Community Cookbook
We are inviting people to share favourite recipes, and tell a story of where it has come from. Maybe it is a traditional dish from where you are born or maybe something handed down from your grandmother or maybe something that just makes you happy. Recipes, your stories and photographs can be posted in the facebook event on our facebook page, can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by pm on our facebook page. Food brings people together, let’s share, imagine and learn from each other.
Online Dance Lessons
Dance has not only served as a celebration, but also as a powerfully unifying and comforting survival tool with which to fight and endure oppression, enslavement and displacement, and as a way to maintain cultural ties in times of great hardship and injustice.
Created especially for Refugee Week by one of our lovely volunteers Claire. Together we will explore a different dance each day, six in all, tracking the historical and geographical progress of dance through Africa, the Middle East, Spain and Latin America, finishing up with some fun belly dance/burlesque. We are still working on the platform to deliver the dances but they will hopefully be available on our Facebook page and our website.
Imagine – Refugee Day Poetry Evening
Join us for an online evening of Poetry, exploring themes of Imagination and celebrating refugee day together. This will be held on June 20th 7.30 till 9pm live from our fb page. We welcome people to share their poetry or poetry that resonates with them by posting on the event page, emailing or reciting online at the live event.
Simple acts are every day actions we can do to stand with refugees and make new connections in our communities. If you would like to put forward an idea to be included in the week’s event we would really love people to get involved . So get involved, get in touch and let’s make this week a special one.