Our top London #RefugeeWeek picks!
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. We have put together our top picks from this year's programme!
Suggested donation: £5
Hidden Stories (20mins) + Q&A with Ali McGinley (Director, AVID)
For over 20 years, AVID’s volunteer visitors have supported thousands of people in detention. Volunteer visitors have been a lifeline for so many detainees, offering them friendship, practical advice and emotional support at an extremely difficult time in their lives. This film charts some of their experiences.
Working Illegally (2015) (28mins) + Q&A with Lou MacNamara (filmmaker)
This documentary from Standoff Films exposes the reality of immigration detention. Told primarily through detainees' testimonies, based on original research by Corporate Watch, it offers critical insight into the labour that maintains the UK detention estate.
In 2010, Abu Eyad and other young Palestinian men from the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in Lebanon travelled through Syria and Turkey into Greece. Like so many other migrants, they came looking for a way into Europe but found themselves trapped in a country undergoing economic, political and social collapse. This film from Nakba FilmWorks tells their story.
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Ye Old Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, Walthamstow
Join author Rachel Lichtenstein and friends for an afternoon of sound recordings, literature excerpts and Jewish jokes with lively music from the Klezmer Klub; bringing Yiddish songs, characters and places to life. Kosher refreshments.
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandys Row Synagogue, London
View a special feature programme marking UN Refugee Day.
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
97 Sclater St, London
Be captivated by Shagufta Sharmeen as she portrays the journey of Bengali poets since the age of Charyapada; includes work by Nobel Prizewinner Rabindranath Tagore.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
5 Fournier St, London
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Family Reunion for Syrians - a workshop to discuss refugee family reunion and family visitor applications to the UK
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Haven Baptist Church, London