Refugee Week 2017 events in Northern Ireland

You can see a full list of events in Northern Ireland on the Refugee Week website.

There’s a launch event for Refugee Week at Belfast City Hall on Monday 19 at 2pm organised by NICRAS (Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and other NGOs.

Immigration detention will be highlighted with the free screening of two films by Larne House Visitors Group and Second Chance Cinema in Queen’s University Students Union on Wednesday 21 at 6.30pm. The reality of immigration detention is closer to home than many may think with Larne House Detention Centre just a short distance from Belfast. Working Illegally offers a critical insight into the immigrant labour that maintains detention centres in the UK using testimonies from detainees and research by Corporate Watch. Hidden Stories charts the experiences of former detainees and volunteer visitors that support thousands of immigrants in detention.

And there’ll be intercultural music and dance including performances from the renowned Orchestre des Réfugiés et Amis in The Braid centre in Ballymena on Wednesday 21 at 7.30pm.

To mark the end of Refugee Week, Amnesty International and City of Sanctuary invite everyone to join them in Ormeau Park (near the entrance opposite Ormeau Library) from 1pm on Sunday 25 for the Great Refugee Week Picnic. It’s a community picnic for refugees, asylum seekers, friends, family and neighbours with family entertainment, a bouncy castle, live music, face-painting and chidren’s storytelling. Bring your own food and drink!

Virtual event

An online seminar is being organised by Swansea City of Sanctuary at 1pm on Tuesday 27 to introduce their digital inclusion toolkit. Over an hour free digital tools and resources will be highlighted that can help people seeking sanctuary. Registration required. A face-to-face training session in Swansea will be held the following day on Wednesday 28 between 10am and 1pm.