Join in for Refugee Week


Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 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. This year it takes place between 18 - 24 June.

Since many of the projects we support are aimed at helping refugees and welcoming them into the community, we thought we would share a few events happening. We hope you can make it along to at least one of these or any other Refugee Week event!

You can search for more events in your area on the Refugee Week website


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Crisis Choirs Performance – with Seby Ntege and his band

Sunday 24 June, 3pm - Gorton Monastery, Manchester.

Crisis Choirs, Music Action International's wonderful refugee choir in partnership with Rainbow Haven, will be performing at Gorton Monastery. The choir will be joined by renowned Ugandan musician, Seby Ntege & his Band. Seby is on his UK tour. Free entry. Tickets and info here.

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The Well Project Great Get Together  - Women only event

Tuesday 26 June, 4-7pm - St. Aidan’s Centre, 230a Wythenshawe Rd, Wythenshawe, Manchester M23 0PH

Join us to meet other people, chat, enjoy food and have loads of fun. Let’s celebrate what we have in common! Food and drinks are provided.



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Streatham Drop-in Centre - World Cuisine Fundraiser

Friday 22 June 2018, 7pm - Streatham Drop-in Centre, 2 Mitcham Lane (next door to English Martyrs Church) SW16 6NN

A special fundraising event offering a selection of delicious Eritrean, Ethiopian and world food hosted by local charity Streatham Drop-in Centre for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Come along, enjoy some wonderful food, help raise funds for disadvantaged children and learn about the work of the charity.

Suggested donation £10 per adult.
To book, email or simply walk in on the night.


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Meet and Mingle - Bring and Share Event

Thursday 21 June, 7-9pm - Light House Media Centre, The Chubb Buildings Fryer Street Wolverhampton WV1 1HT

An excellent opportunity to meet and talk to asylum seekers and refugees to help us understand the difficulties they experience, but also how they positively contribute to the life of the city. 

Admission is free, but please bring food to share.



‘English Through Song’ sharing - Birmingham Opera Company & St Chad's Sanctuary

Monday 18th June - 3pm to 5pm - The Grimshaw Room, St. Chad's Cathedral, Shadwell Street, B4 6HA

A very special "English through Song" event with St Chads Sanctuary friends. Open to the public to get involved for a drop in to watch and listen or to take part!


Health & Wellbeing event with St Margaret’s Unity Hubb & Ashebo CiC

Tuesday 19th June - 10.00am to 2.30pm at St Margaret’s Church, St Margaret’s Rd, Ward End, B8 2BA

Health and wellbeing event especially for women. There will be a number of workshops taking place to enjoy and engage in, with food and refreshments available.



Coming Together with The Church at Carrs Lane and friends

Tuesday 19th June from 6pm to 7.15pm at The Church at Carrs Lane, Carrs Lane, B4 7SX

Refugees with Brushstrokes, St Chad's Sanctuary, European Youth Music Refugee Choirs, Birmingham Progressive Synagogue, Choir with No Name sharing experiences through song, poetry, art and more.


‘Through Our Eyes’ photography exhibition launch party with Rivers of Gold

Wednesday 20th June - 12pm to 2.30pm with partners Centrala Gallery, Minerva Works, Digbeth, B5 5RT

A group of refugee photographers have contributed to a collection which shows Birmingham as their new home through their own eyes. Join the Launch party by registering with


Sanctuary Stories with St. Chad’s Sanctuary, Asylum Matters, Coral Manton

Wednesday 20th June - 4.30pm to 6pm at Edwardian Tea Room, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Come and hear the stories of refugees and asylum seekers from a collection of oral history interviews taken for Birmingham’s Historic Collection. Live music and refreshments. Register here


Refugee Week 20th Birthday Celebration with Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham & Near Neighbours

Thursday 21st June from 12pm to 4pm with partners Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, The Round Room

To mark 20 years of the Refugee Week festival, this celebration includes performances from refugee artists and engagement with support services. Come and join us to celebrate and welcome refugees in Birmingham.

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Welcome Refugees with Handsworth Welcome

Friday 22nd June from 12pm to 2pm at Elmwood Church, Hamstead Road, B20 1BT

Handsworth Welcome would like to invite partners, supportive organisations and individuals to join us for a special lunch for our local refugee community, who we support regularly. All Welcome.


Refugee Week Festival with Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham & partners

Saturday 23rd June from 12pm to 6.30pm at MAC Birmingham - Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

Come and join the headline communities event of the week for the Refugee Week Festival I partnership with the MAC. This includes performances from refugee artists, workshops, stalls & activities for all the family.


Sanctuary Sunday with St Martin in the Bullring

Sunday 24th June from 11am to 12.30pm at St Martin, Edgbaston St, Birmingham, B5 5BB

A special service dedicated to our Birmingham refugee communities.


Cycle Ride around the Edgbaston Reservoir with the Birmingham Bike Project

Sunday 24th June from 2.00pm at Edgbaston Reservoir, main entrance meeting point

Join us for a leisurely cycle around the reservoir with our refugee group, followed by coffee and cake!