Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on 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 encourage a better understanding between communities.
Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers. An established part of the UK’s cultural calendar, Refugee Week is now one of the leading national initiatives working to counter this negative climate, defending the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities. This year Refugee Week runs from 19 to 25 June. (http://refugeeweek.org.uk/about-us/)
The mission is to share the stories of refugees, focusing on communities within Manchester; to celebrate our shared futures and explore the paths that brought us here. The key theme is ‘Home is…’, using the notion of home as a framework to make the topic of migration more accessible and to explore the complexity of the issues surrounding refugees and asylum seekers. There will be a week long exhibition and a series of events at Z-arts focussing on these themes. The main event, on 23 June is the Refugee Week Cultural Festival, an event co-produced with Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN). This event will be where you showcase your work.
The aims of the Cultural Festival are to:
• Bring together the different communities involved with MRSN, Z-arts, and the University of Manchester
• Raise awareness of the cultural contribution of the refugee community to Manchester through showcasing the culture, talents, and skills of the local refugee community
• Promote and raise awareness of the work of MRSN and other refugee organisations in Manchester, and encourage people to get involved or volunteer with them
• Promote a positive image of refugees
• Create a light-hearted celebratory atmosphere where members of the community come together to share and celebrate the different cultures and identities that form part of the refugee community in Manchester and the Manchester community as a whole
• Promote the idea that refugees in Manchester are part of the wider community and to promote inclusion, whilst acknowledging their individual backgrounds, experiences, histories, and cultures
• Create greater feelings of integration and inclusion amongst refugee communities in Manchester
For further information and to apply, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful candidates will be notified by 31 May
Deadline: 21 May 2017