Refugee Week 2024 – 15 – 22 June

  • Refugee Week takes place in Birmingham from 15 – 22 June
  • The theme of Refugee Week 2024 is “Our Home”
  • Get involved through local events, accessing information, resources and funding opportunities

About Refugee Week:

Refugee Week is the world’s largest arts & culture festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. The festival is a partnership project coordinated by Counterpoints Arts.

In Birmingham we are celebrating this from 15 – 22 June (nationally this is celebrated from 17 – 23 June).

2024 Theme – “Our Home”:

“To me, a home is where you feel loved, safe, and cherished.”- Malala Yousafzai

The theme of Refugee Week 2024 is “Our Home”.

From the places we gather to share meals to our collective home, planet earth: everyone is invited to celebrate what our Our Home means to them.

Home can be a place of refuge, a feeling or a state of mind. It can be found in smells, tastes and sounds. From the clothes we wear to the words we grew up with. It’s in food, music and arts. It’s in our cultures and in our landscapes.

Home can be more than one place and finding it can be a journey, as it is for so many of us who have to leave our countries and rebuild our lives. Sometimes we can find home in a single person. Other times it’s in a whole community. And often, it’s in a single gesture of care and welcome.

What would happen if this Refugee Week we extended our warmth and hospitality beyond our own homes and made entire neighbourhoods more welcoming? Simple acts like having a chat, walking together, or sending a message of welcome can help everyone feel like they belong. Together, we can work in solidarity to ensure all our neighbours, new and familiar, have safe and welcoming homes.

Our home is also global. We are interconnected; we share the earth’s resources, climate and its challenges. As we speak, millions of people are being displaced from their homes because of the climate crisis. But, exchanging knowledge, both new and traditional, can help us in practical ways to build hope for the future.

Together, this Refugee Week let’s practice our solidarity and make Our Home a more welcoming, safe and sustainable place for all.

Refugee Week in Birmingham:

Birmingham is a City of Sanctuary and to show our support for sanctuary seekers the Library of Birmingham will be lighting up in orange on World Refugee Day - the 20th of June.

Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham  is co-ordinating a Refugee Week Festival 15 – 22 June.

This year's Refugee Week Festival will bring music and arts from around the world, showcasing the work of highly acclaimed, UK based refugee and migrant artists, from: DR Congo, Haiti, Iran, Kurdistan, Sudan, Peru, Ukraine, plus special international guests from Zimbabwe.  Also events by our partners and colleagues across the city.

For more information visit: https://celebrating-sanctuary.org.uk/birmingham-refugee-week-online

RMC (Refugee and Migrant Centre) are supporting this and other activities. For information on these visit: https://rmcentre.org.uk/refugee-week/

You can find many more activities at the Refugee Week Website

Get Involved:

Refugee Week is a community-powered festival which means everyone is invited to take part. Together we all make Refugee Week happen.

Information on how to take part and resources are available for Refugee Week here.

Contact Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham if you would like more information on local Refugee Week activities and events.

Check out Birmingham City of Sanctuary if you would like to link in with organisations working to support refugees on an ongoing basis, and check out the new app for the Migrant Advice Portal

If your organisation wants to support Ukrainian guests in Birmingham in particular, please visit BVSC pages on Help for the people of Ukraine.

Birmingham City Council has recently launched a new short term grant opportunity to support Ukrainian Guests in Birmingham  - closing date for applications is 12 June 5pm.

Find out about further funding opportunities to support refugees through BVSC’s Engage for Funding portal – sign up and type in ‘refugee’ as a keyword: https://www.bvsc.org/funding

Further Information:

Refugee Week: https://refugeeweek.org.uk/    

Birmingham Events: https://celebrating-sanctuary.org.uk/birmingham-refugee-week-online

RMC (Refugee & Migrant Centre) Events: https://rmcentre.org.uk/refugee-week/

Birmingham City of Sanctuary: https://birmingham.cityofsanctuary.org/

Migrant Advice Portal: https://migrantadvice.org/ 

Help for the people of Ukraine: https://www.bvsc.org/help-for-the-people-of-ukraine

BCC Homes4Ukraine Grant – closing date for applications is 12 June 5pm

https://www.bvsc.org/news/new-short-term-grant-opportunity-to-support-ukrainian-guests-in-birmingham-is-open-for-applications-from-voluntary-and-community-based-organisations-in-birmingham

Engage for Funding Portal: https://www.bvsc.org/funding