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Nottingham Refugee Week coming to the city next week

Nottingham Refugee Week is a vibrant cultural festival that will run across Nottingham between 14-20 June.

It is an act of welcome, a gesture of solidarity and a shared celebration with people who are refugees and asylum-seekers in Nottingham.


Timed to coincide with World Refugee Day on 20th June each year, Nottingham Refugee Week has become a vibrant event in the local calendar, with over 30 organisations from across the city joining together to show their support for the city’s refugees.

Nottingham Refugee Week

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In light of the coronavirus pandemic, this year the festival takes a new form combining both digital and in person events along the theme of ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’ with lots of events happening outdoors in the streets and green spaces of Nottingham.

Nottingham Refugee Week 2021 Chair, Natelle Morgan-Brown explains… “because of inequalities, we are aware many people still don’t have access to a device with the internet and we understand some people will be cautious of socialising.

“So, this year we’re inviting people to get involved in a mix of interesting activities, both online and in person in a covid conscious way.”


There are around 27 activities and events happening throughout the week including walks, meditation, film screenings, yoga and art workshops.

The celebration begins with a covid secure outdoor launch event at Sneinton Market on Sat 12th June, including world food traders, and stalls offering arts, wellbeing and support services.

Most of the events are free, and those seeking asylum or refuge are invited to reclaim their travel costs.


This year’s theme for Nottingham Refugee Week, is inspired by the Martin Luther King ‘I Have A Dream’ speech with the festival encouraging the public to extend a hand to someone new –  “someone who is outside your current circle, has had an experience you haven’t, or is fighting for a cause you aren’t yet involved in.”

In addition to attending events, the festival encourages people to show solidarity from home by taking part in a ‘simple act’ , from singing a song, to reading a book, or watching a film. Details are available on Refugee Week’s website.


Nottingham Refugee Week community collaborators include Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum, City Arts, Red Cross, Unity Bakery, Nottingham Education Sanctuary Team (NEST), New Art Exchange, National Justice Museum, Refugee Roots, Sustrans, Bahia Yoga, Broadway cinema, Nottingham Amnesty International Group, Nottingham Trent University, Five Leave bookshop, Broxtowe Community Club, Dance4, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and Bikes Love You.

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