Refugees Welcome: Celebrating 20 years of Refugee Week

Posted on 21 June 2018

This year, Refugee Week marks an important milestone, celebrating 20 years since it was launched in 1998. Over the last two decades, this national event has continued to raise awareness about refugee experiences, with numerous organisations coming on board to help highlight their contributions, creativity and resilience.

Located at the heart of one of the UK’s most diverse cities, the Belgrade Theatre is proud to participate in Refugee Week. Last year, we became one of just a handful of theatres to be awarded the title of Theatre of Sanctuary, in recognition of its commitment to becoming a welcoming and safe space for all.

During Refugee Week last year, we held a special panel discussion titled, “Our Space, Your Story”, exploring the 2017 theme of “Different Pasts, Shared Future.” This year, Belgrade staff held a meet and greet with members of the Together For Change: Fresh Start refugee group, which gathers regularly at the Belgrade to socialise and practise conversational English.

Organised by the Diocese of Coventry, the group comprises members from a variety of countries, including Sudan, Eritrea and Iran.

For this year’s theme, Refugee Week have taken inspiration from their 20th anniversary to encourage people to try one or more of their “20 Simple Acts”, including sharing a 20-second message of welcome, getting together and learning a few words in another language.

During our meet and greet, we combined these three acts by putting together a 20-second video of refugees teaching us how to welcome people in their own languages. Check out the results below!

Refugee Week runs 18-24 June. For more information, click here to visit the website.