Refugee Week 2018

12 Jun 2018

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

On Wednesday 20th June we will be celebrating Refugee Week at Gulbenkian. In the morning there will be a free screening of Paddington for local primary schools in partnership with BFI London.  The screening is part of a project called ‘Film: a language without borders’ looking at how cinema might help support conversations with children around the issue of migration.

In the evening we are working in partnership with Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) and East Kent City of Sanctuary to put on an event for the local community. ‘Simple of Acts of Kindness’, based on the theme for this year’s celebrations, will involve poetry, theatre, music, screenings and talks on the theme of refuge and asylum.

Gulbenkian’s drama group for unaccompanied young refugees and asylum-seekers, ‘KRAN Fam’ will be performing, building on our partnership with KRAN for the last 2 years.

As a part of the evening’s celebrations you will get the chance to sample delicious food made from recipes collected from the refugee community in Kent. Some of these recipes feature in a recipe book, ‘Let me cook for you’, created by KRAN which will be available to purchase during the evening for £6.  A couple of the dishes will also be available to purchase throughout the day on Wednesday as specials (Refugee week menu 2018) at the Gulbenkian cafe.

Members of SCREEN31, our group for budding young film-makers, will also be screening a short film charting the journey of two young Syrian refugees to the UK. The evening will culminate in food and music from across the globe and will launch KRAN’s 15th birthday celebrations.

“It’s been pleasure to work with the Gulbenkian on this event as it has given the Young Refugees great space to showcase their talent.  KRAN marks its 15th Anniversary this year and we are delighted to continue working with the Gulbenkian in supporting creativity of our  Young People.” Aleksandra Bardon, KRAN

All proceeds from the event will go to the charity to support their invaluable work with vulnerable young people. We hope that you can join us for a very special evening involving some incredibly brave individuals.

Written by Eleanor Cocks, Head of Creative Learning, Gulbenkian.