Refugee Week

Cambridge will come together to celebrate the contributions that refugees make to British society during this year’s Refugee Week, 20-26 June.

Refugee Week is a yearly initiative celebrated around World Refugee Day, which this year is going to be held on 20 June. The programme (see below) includes film screenings, panel discussions, exhibitions and theatre plays and is organized by several Cambridge-based organizations refugee campaigns. In an emergency appeal, Cambridge Calais Refugee Action Group is collecting donations on this occasion to rebuild parts of the refugee camp in Calais, which were recently destroyed by a fire.

Oscar Gillespie, councillor for Market Ward and member of the Cambridge City of Sanctuary steering group says: “Refugee Week has always been about showing how refugees enrich society in the UK. Telling their stories will be in the focus of this year’s celebrations. The response of the citizens of Cambridge to the current refugee crisis has been amazing, and we are proud to showcase Cambridge as a place of sanctuary and welcome for those fleeing war and persecution.”

Programme of Refugee Week 2016 in Cambridge

  • 20 June 19.00, Museum of Cambridge, “Beyond Borders and Boundaries” theatre project
  • 20 June 20.00-22.00, Clare College, Latimer Room, Old Court, Panel Discussion about the Immigration Act 2016 with Alison Harvey (General Secretary of the Immigration law Practitioners Association) and Saira Grant, Director of the Joint Council for Welfare of Immigrants
  • 22 June 19.00, Museum of Cambridge, Presentation on the Cambridge Refugee Committee with Mike Levy of Keystage Arts and Heritage Company
  • 22 June 18.30, Anglia Ruskin University , Screening of the film “Moving to Mars”
  • 23 June, 18.30, Anglia Ruskin University, Screening of the film “Hamsa” and Q&A with directors
  • 24 June 12.30, Anglia Ruskin University, Screening of the film “Hora Chilena”
  • 25 June, 10.30-13.30, Market Square, Cambridge City Amnesty International Asylum Project Market Stall
  • 25 June, 10.00-15.00, Donations Drop-Off and Sort for the Calais refugee camp, organized by CamCRAG