Refugee Week has been celebrated across the UK annually for 20 years.
The Welsh Refugee Council’s focus this year is celebrating sanctuary: the people who find sanctuary in Wales, as well as the people and organisations who work to make newcomers feel welcome and to defend and uphold their human rights.
The Council’s art programme Gwneud Noddfa this year takes the theme of celebration and asks what we like to celebrate in life. What does more mean? And how does it feel to be at home? We want to celebrate migration, and the rich mix of culture, skills and expertise people who have moved to Wales have brought with them over the decades.
The Council also want to celebrate the UK’s Human Rights Act which is also 20 years old.
“We want to highlight that these rights apply to and should be enjoyed by every person, regardless of immigration status. We aim to foster a sense of unity by highlighting the needs and rights that all humans have in common.”
Some events organised in Wales during Refugee Week:
Monday 18 June
- Free screening of Life of Pi hosted by Fusion along with free food at Cinema and Co in Swansea (SA1 1JF) at 6.45pm.
Tuesday 19 June
- A family craft day is being held between 10.30am and 2pm in Trinity Centre (Cardiff, CF24 1LE). Come along and create a wreath of hands and hearts, make new connections and create your own hands for our Simple Acts artwork. This event is supported by Children in Need.
Wednesday 20 June
- About Refuge Coffee Morning in Crai village hall between 10.30am and noon with a discussion about the need for refuge and welcome.
- Celebrating Home in Swansea with dance and poetry created by children and young people as part of workshops and classes that have been running in Swansea over the past months, led by Eric Ngalle Charles, Rebecca Scott and Shelley Isaac-Clarke as part of Gwneud Noddfa arts programme. In the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea from 4.30pm until 7pm.
Thursday 21 June
- Space4U 10th Anniversary Party. Space4U provides a welcoming place for refugees and people who are seeking asylum, offering friendship and support, English classes, recreational activities, a simple hot meal as well as practical help and information. Join their open evening in Trinity Centre, Cardiff, CF24 1LE between 4.30pm and 7pm with light refreshments, a short film about Space4U’s work and an opportunity to meet volunteers, asylum seekers and refugees to learn more.
- The Al-Ikhlas Centre (92 Broadway, Cardiff, CF24 1NH) welcomes visitors to join them between 7.30pm and 9.30pm to celebrate Eid and mark the end of Ramadan.
Saturday 23 June
- Join Oasis Cardiff and friends as they celebrate Refugee Week with music and activities at The Gate in Roath. [Facebook event] Music include Elliot Oakley, Eden Roots, The Mermerings, the Oasis World Choir and Band, as well as the Cardiff Canton Singers and Chapter Singers. 10am until 3pm at The Gate, Keppoch Street, Cardiff, CF24 3JW.
- A fundraising World Food Café will be held in Foundry House (Pembrooke, SA71 4DR) between 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Pop in to enjoy world food, live music, short films about the refugee experience, and find out what’s happening to support refugees in Pembrokeshire and be inspired to create a kinder world.