Arts, music, food or just meeting people, Refugee Week has an event for you

Celebrates contributions refugees bring to the UK


This year, everyone is being asked to do a `Simple Act’



14th June 2010: The Refugee Week is organising events all across the UK, which explore refugee experiences. Arts, music, food or just meeting people in your local area, Refugee Week starting from June 14 has an event for you.

Refugee Week is seen as unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UK. This year, everyone is being asked to do a `Simple Act’.

By doing one small, everyday action that can change perceptions of refugees, a society `we all want to live in’ can be created, believes Refugee Week.

It wants to 20’000 Simple Acts completed by world Refugee Day, 20th June.

As a part of the celebrations, from 16 to19 June at Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester, No Nonsense Theatre Company, in partnership with the Waterside Arts Centre, presents "Ruth".

Inspired by women of non-British origin currently living in the UK, Ruth explores issues around displacement & belonging.

It is a biblical tale of how two women survive against all odds. Celebrating the diversity of cultures that enrich today’s society, "Ruth" explores our freedom of choice and right to a voice.

A visual feast weaving a tale of courage and humanity, it incorporates puppetry, mask and original music to produce a beautifully dynamic piece of theatre to be enjoyed by all.

`This Is Me’ is taking place now on 18 June at Oriel Gallery, Wrexham Central Library. Adults and children from the local community, including refugees, are invited to join the resident artist and, using a variety of materials, create a piece of art around the theme ‘This is Me’.

All the artwork will be displayed in an exhibition at the Oriel Gallery in the autumn 2010.

Entry is free and the event takes place between 3.30 and 5.30 at the Oriel Gallery, Wrexham Central Library.

You can enjoy the `Refugee Week Alternative World Cup’ on 20 June from 11am, at Powerleague London City 115 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BA.

You have 150 players, 30 teams, 1 cup. Thirty teams will compete for the Alternative World Cup Trophy in a five-a-side tournament bringing together players of refugee and non refugee background including charities, corporate organisations and youth teams.

Each team will represent a country selected at random from the 192 UN registered countries. It is organised in partnership with Refugee Council, Kick it Out, SMILE, KPMG and Anti-Slavery International.

`19 Princelet Street’
also opens for Refugee Week now on 17 and 20 June at 19 Princelet Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QH

Britain has never been a monoculture. As a self confident democracy, it needs to be able to celebrate diversity and contain a great mix of cultural references. 19 Princelet Street, a cutting edge museum, a site of civic engagement, represents just this: an historic building that tells the stories of people arriving as strangers and becoming citizens, making London the multi-cultural city that it is today.

In the heart of Brick Lane, this is an internationally acclaimed educational project that widens awareness of the centuries of incomers – Asian, Saxon, Caribbean, Jewish, Irish, Huguenot, Kosovan and so very many others – who have shaped and are shaping British society.

The building is one of Britain’s most highly listed architectural treasures, and is normally closed to visitors – however the museum hosts two remarkable exhibitions celebrating diversity for three days only during Refugee Week.

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