Refugee Week to be marked with online celebration of culture

Source: Preston City Council 12 June 2020

Preston City Council will mark Refugee Week with a series of virtual events alongside Uclan and Preston City of Sanctuary. The events, to be hosted online due to ongoing restrictions caused by coronavirus, will celebrate positive encounters between different communities with a focus on arts, culture and education.

Adrian Phillips, Chief Executive of Preston City Council, said:

“Preston is proud to support refugees and we have worked closely with organisations such as the Red Cross to support people fleeing desperate situations in countries such as Syria.

“We’re proud to be part of Refugee Week and hope these events, kindly coordinated by Councillor Nweeda Khan, will be an opportunity to bring people together in a celebration of culture.”

Preston City of Sanctuary was established three years ago to support refugees who have started a new life in Preston.

The organisation provides newly settled refugees with access to advice and support from community organisations to help them build a new life in Preston.

The events, held online, will include a networking meeting as well as a session on maintaining mental wellbeing and resilience.


More Information and events

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.
Through a programme of arts, cultural and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week brings about positive encounters between communities, helping them to connect and learn from each other, and promoting a culture of welcome.
Refugee Week is an umbrella festival, and anyone can get involved by holding or joining an event or activity. Refugee Week events happen in all kinds of different spaces and range from arts festivals, exhibitions, film screenings and museum tours to football tournaments, public talks and activities in schools.
Refugee Week is a partnership project coordinated by Counterpoints Arts.

Event information:

Monday 15 June 6-8pm – PCoS Network meeting (Zoom details will follow registration)
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Wednesday 17 June 6-8pm – Webinar: Maintaining Mental Wellbeing and Resilience of Sanctuary Seekers (Zoom details will follow registration)
Register on Eventbrite 

A UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees.


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