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Red Cross celebrates refugees' contribution to British history and heritage

14 June 2013

British Red Cross workers with Polish refugees at Hann Munden camp in Germany

Next week, the British Red Cross – along with dozens of other agencies who work with refugees – will be celebrating Refugee Week 2013.

The Red Cross plays a key role in supporting vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers and helping them adjust to UK life.  Refugee Week is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution made by refugees and bring greater understanding between communities.

There will be Red Cross events across the country raising awareness of the role refugees have played in shaping our history, heritage and culture. You will also find videos and an interactive timeline online, and several soon-to-be unveiled installations in London.

Events across the country

Kicking things off on Sunday (16 June), Celebrating Sanctuary takes place on the Southbank in London. A temporary pavilion – ‘the embassy for refugees’ – will host talks, workshops, and musical and spoken word performances from talented performers such as Sarah Yaseen, Sam Carter, Lucky Moyo, Raymond Antrobus and Hollie McNish.

Throughout the week, there are many more events taking place across the country. On 20 June asylum seekers will be speaking about their experiences at the Red Cross’ Newcastle office, with sculptures and paintings representing the asylum process by Fetlework Tesfaye also on display.

In Glasgow, theatre company Ice and Fire will perform readings from the Asylum Monologues at the Refugee Week Scotland Media Awards on 21 June. At Plymouth University on 22 June, students will be holding a fashion show featuring traditional dress and designs from around the world.

Find a list of events on the Refugee Week website

Find out more about our work with refugees


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