Refugee Week in Northern Ireland (18-24 June 2018)

Refugee Week has been celebrated across the UK annually for 20 years.

Libraries across Northern Ireland along with other venues are hosting events during Refugee Week.

Monday 18 June

Tuesday 19.

  • Belfast’s Whiterock Library will host a storytime and craft session for 4-8 year olds between 3.30pm and 4.30pm, looking at different homes and friendships.
  • Knock Methodist Church will host a Small World Workshop [see this previous post for more details on the format] between 5.15pm and 21.30pm. Organised by Belfast Friendship club, the event will provide opportunities to hear the experience of people who have claimed asylum or been granted refugee status in Belfast.

Wednesday 20

  • Belfast Central Library is running a shared reading event between 11am and 12.30pm for adults who want to improve their reading skills using Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake’s classic book Didn’t we have a lovely time. It’s the beautifully illustrated story of a refugee boy and how his visit to a farm in Devon restored a part of his lost life.
  • Between 2pm and 4pm there will be a creative writing session in the same venue celebrating 20 years of Refugee Week.

Thursday 21

  • Strabane Library will host a Stepping into Diversity Workshop between 1pm and 3.45pm.
  • A workshop on Refugee Law in Context is being run by Colin Harvey, Professor of Human Rights Law at Queen’s University. Refreshments at 5.30pm with the workshop beginning at 6pm in Room OG/09 in the Main Site Tower.
  • Between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, Bangor Castle is the venue for Creating Connections, a night of musical collaborations reflecting Youth Activism and Refugee Week featuring performances and presentations from Millisle Youth Forum, Ami Yares & Janelle Junkin (BuildaBridge International), Mark Smulian (Lydian Stream), Hajer Ben Massaoud (France), Nikos Petsakos (Greece) and Joe (Include Youth).

Friday 22

  • Stephanie Mitchell is running an Into the Unknown Workshop in New Life City Church (Belfast, BT13 2JF) between 10am and 2pm.
  • The Refugee World Cup 2018 – a male and female football tournament followed by BBQ – will run between 6pm and 10pm in Shaftesbury Recreation Centre.

Saturday 23

  • The Chichester Library on Belfast’s Salisbury Avenue will host a storytime and craft session for 4-8 year olds between 3.30pm and 4.30pm, looking at different homes and friendships.

Sunday 24

  • The Great Refugee Picnic returns to Ormeau Park – the entrance opposite Ormeau Library – between 1pm and 4pm, organised by Amnesty International and City of Sanctuary.

Later in the month there will be a Solidarity Walk for Refugees and Migrants in Detention starting at Larne House – a short-term holding centre that keeps detainees for up to a week before they are removed, transferred, or released – on Saturday 30 June at 10am and walking via Carrickfergus to Belfast, arriving on Sunday 1 July around 8pm. The organisers explains that “a large number of detainees suffer extreme isolation as they know no-one in the UK and know little of the law or their rights and entitlements. Because of their experiences at home, many are already traumatised and now find themselves detained, with no release date and with the prospect of being forcibly returned.”