The #WithRefugees World Tour
Follow this journey of solidarity around the world
International Sport and Peace Day Event – Zaatari Camp, Jordan
To mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, sport demonstrations, cultural activities, and a #whitecard torch relay will be held in Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan.
RefuSHE Fashion Show – Chicago, United States
Nine Chicago designers will debut original runway looks highlighting RefuSHE’s artisan-made fabric created in Nairobi, Kenya by refugees.
‘The Other One Percent’ Photo Exhibit – Copenhagen, Denmark
This exhibition tells the stories of refugee students in Kenya, Jordan, Rwanda and Senegal who either benefit from a DAFI scholarship or are enrolled in Connected Learning programmes.
Letters of Love and National Sovereignty and Children’s Day – Turkey
Letters of Love in collaboration with #UNHCR Turkey will be celebrating National Sovereignty and Children’s Day (23 April) in Turkey with letters from around the world being delivered to over 2000 refugee children.
What better way to celebrate National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on 23 April, than having refugee children being made to feel special. The accelerated campaign shall run from 4 April to 14 April. Send in your love because #ItsChildrensDay.
Date: 23 April 2018
re:publica conference – Berlin, Germany
Europe’s biggest conference on digital society and culture will explore digital inclusion and identity management for refugees.
ITTF Foundation reception – Halmstadt, Sweden
The ITTF presents its recently established non-profit Foundation aiming to use Table Tennis for positive social outcomes worldwide. One of the first projects targets Syrian refugees in Jordan.
WEconnect Job Fair in Saskatoon – Canada
Representatives from more than 30 different companies will attend the city’s largest and most influential biannual multi-sector recruitment event. Talented newcomers to Canada including refugees will be connected with local employers.
London Craft Week: Turquoise Mountain and Pippa Small – London, United Kingdom
From the 9th to the 13th of May, Turquoise Mountain and Pippa Small will be hosting a series of events with designers and artisans for London Craft Week, looking at the importance of design in development.
Cannes Film Festival – Cannes, France
The 71st Festival de Cannes will be held from 8 May to Saturday 19 May 2018. UNHCR is hosting a series of events, including a film screening and panel discussion, designed to bring attention to the refugee cause.
‘Football Communities’ organised by Balon Mundial A.S.D. ONLUS, supported by FARE network – Turin, Italy
The football match on 13 May, 2018 is the final match of a 3-week tournament for asylum seekers and refugees from Piedmont CAS and SPAR, began in which 18 refugee teams will play in the football pitch (Impianto Regaldi, via Monteverdi 4, Torino) in the heart of the “Barrieradi Milano”, one of the biggest multicultural neighborhood in Turin.
Welcome dinner – Ireland
An Irish welcome dinner for refugees in Ireland – this is part of the Refugee Food Festival in Ireland. It will be held at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.
Date: 19 May 2018
Closing Ceremony for DLA Piper’s ‘Know your Rights’ Program for Refugees – Europe
Know Your Rights is a legal empowerment project set up by DLA Piper for asylum seekers and refugees in Europe. Participants receive weekly training on various legal issues and their rights.
PEN Norway and PEN International – Oslo, Norway
An Open Mic event for refugee writers based across Europe which will form part of PEN International’s global campaign – Make Space – which champions the rights, contributions and creativity of exiled and displaced writers.
Oslo Freedom Forum, PEN International and ICORN – Oslo, Norway
A lunchtime panel event with refugee and displaced writers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East will feature as part of the transformative annual Oslo freedom forum where the world’s most engaging human rights advocates, artists, tech entrepreneurs,
Discussion on the role of the private sector in empowering refugees and host communities in developing countries. – Brussels, Belgium
The International Finance Corporation, the European Think Tank Group, and UNHCR are convening an event on the role that the private sector can play in providing innovative solutions to empower refugees and host communities in developing countries.
Date: 31 May 2018
Refugee Football Cup — Multiple locations, Brazil
The Refugee Football Cup will mobilise around 300 refugees and asylum seekers who all share a love for the beautiful game and will be held from 3 June through August 2018. Events will be held in Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and the final at the Pacaembu São Paulo Stadium.*
One Journey Festival – Washington DC, United States
An all-day festival held on the front lawn of the Washington National Cathedral in the District of Columbia will connect participants through the shared languages of humanity: art, fashion, food, music & dance from the countries that today’s refugees originally called home.
Canadian Council for Refugees International Refugee Rights Conference 2018 — Canada
The international conference is designed to enhance the effectiveness in promoting the human rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants.
Valletta Film Festival – Valletta, Malta
Thanks to the organisers of the Valletta Film Festival, UNHCR Malta will bring attention to the refugee cause by showing movies and documentaries featuring the stories of those forced to flee.
TEDxKakuma Camp — Kakuma, Kenya
The first ever TEDx event in a refugee camp is designed to offer a different lens into the reality of life as a refugee, away from the images of devastation and suffering, and towards stories of resilience, of contribution and creativity.
Dream Diaries Photo exhibition — Vienna, Austria
For this year’s World Refugee Day, an exhibition in the premises of the youth info wienXtra shows the dreams of children who have fled their homes. The “Dream Diaries” portray the children and visualize artistically the realization of their dreams.
Art Stands with Refugees – Basel, Switzerland
For the first time ever, UNHCR will host a special event at Art Basel to celebrate the creativity of refugees and the art world’s commitment to their cause.
Date: 13 June 2018 (invite only)
World Refugee Day Breakfast — Australia
Businesses and community leaders, and high profile supporters from the Australian arts, sport and entertainment sectors will come together to stand in solidarity with refugees at the Australia for UNHCR Breakfast, a flagship event in Australia’s marking of World Refugee Day. The event will be hosted by well-known ABC broadcaster and journalist Kumi Taguchi, with New South Wales State Premier The Hon.
Gladys Berejiklian MP as the keynote speaker. Australia for UNHCR Special Representative, actor Marta Dusseldorp will lead a panel with two young Syrian women who arrived in Australia as refugees to speak about their experiences of war and resettlement.
Date: 15 June 2018, 7 am
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Launch of French edition of “No Stranger Place” exhibition at Ground Control — Paris, France
No Stranger Place is a series of stories profiling refugees and their hosts across Europe, developed by photographer Aubrey Wade. The project was born out of a desire to respond, as so many volunteers and ordinary people had, to the unfolding European refugee crisis.
Meet Albert Einstein — Bern, Switzerland
The Historical Museum in Bern – currently hosting the exhibition DISPLACED by UNHCR, Swiss government agency for Development and Cooperation, Swiss State Secretariat for Migration and Swiss Federal Commission for Migration – will celebrate Einstein’s refugee past, his contribution to pacifism and to humanity at large on the occasion of World Refugee Day.
An event for young and old alike – with music, guided tours and even a school competition!
Date: 15 June 2018, 2 – 11 PM
Photo credit: © Bernisches Historisches Museum, Bern
International Basketball Federation Open Day — Geneva, Switzerland
The International Basketball Foundation invites locals and refugees to come together to play in the biggest 3x3 basketball grassroots tournament in Switzerland, where they will also be able to visit the House of Basketball retracing the history of the sport and FIBA.
“Save Our Souls” Exhibition by Achilleas Souras — Byblos, Lebanon
Achilleas Souras’s installation is a response to the current global refugee crisis that the world is facing. It proposes the re-use of a by-product of this crisis which is the common life jacket to provide low-cost temporary shelters to help refugees.
The installation has been showcased in museums and art fairs in Barcelona, London, Cape Town, Bologna, Milano, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Bangkok.
Date: 16 June – 16 September 2018
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Music Concert and Refugee Film Screenings — Nouakchott, Mauritania
Mauritania will be celebrating the resilience of displaced populations in areas at risk of drought and the ones who host them with a public concert on 20 June at the French Cultural Institute (IFM) by refugee Malian band Taflist.
The Refugee Food Festival – Panama
Local and refugee chefs will be joining together as part of the Panama Refugee Food Festival and will be taking over restaurants and food trucks all across the city.
Date: 19-22 June 2018
Ireland’s UNHCR Fairplay Match – Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Fair Play Football Cup organised Sport Against Racism Ireland, and UNHCR brings together over 20 teams of men and women playing in the annual tournament at the Law Society Gardens in Dublin.
Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity – Jeju Island, Republic of Korea
UNHCR will be bringing attention to the refugee cause at this year’s Jeju Peace Forum, including through a speech by UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Jung Woo-sung.
Film festival – Colombo, Sri Lanka
UNHCR Sri Lanka with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and assistance of diplomatic missions based in Colombo plan to hold a film festival highlighting the plight of refugees from 29 June to 1 July 2018.
Date: 29 June – 1 July 2018
WeWork and UNHCR event – London, United Kingdom
UNHCR and WeWork teamed up in 2017 to begin a refugee recruitment programme in the UK. For Refugee Week 2018, this engagement and action day invites leading private sector figures and the general public to learn more about how to support refugees.
Seventh Annual Girl Up Leadership Summit — Washington DC, the U.S.
375 passionate youth advocates from around the world will convene for the 7th annual Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. For three jam-packed days, these young change-makers will participate in leadership training, learn from influential speakers, engage in skills-based workshops, and lead an official lobby day on Capitol Hill.
Paleo Festival — Nyon, Switzerland
The Paleo Festival is Switzerland’s largest outdoor music festival. The five day event attracts more than 200,000 people and features music from dozens of bands. This year UNHCR will have a stand where concert goers can show their support for refugees and speak with UNHCR staff.
WTA Women’s Tennis Tournament & J.Safra Sarasin ATP Swiss Open — Gstaad, Switzerland
Each summer, the world’s top female tennis players battle on the clay court of the Roy Emerson Arena. More than 35’000 people come to the Bernese Oberland to attend the «Wimbledon of the Alps». This year UNHCR is partnering with this event.
Girl Guides, Roverway Netherlands – Netherlands
Roverway is an international Scouting and Guiding event organised by Scouting Nederland in partnership with Europe Region WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) and WOSM (World Organisation of the Scout Movement) European Region.
Over 4,000 Rovers and Rangers from more than 20 different counties in Europe will gather together to share experiences, knowledge and ideas through a number of innovative, challenging and exciting learning activities.
Date: From 23 July to 2 August 2018
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International Judo Federation (IJF) programme — South Africa
The International Judo Federation (IJF) is working with the Judo Association of South Africa to provide a peace programme for refugees living in Southern Africa.
World Council of Churches – Rome, Italy
Combatting Xenophobia, Nationalism and Populism will be discussed along with how these impact on the Refugee crisis and the life of refugees worldwide.
Concordia Annual Summit — New York, United States
As the largest nonpartisan convening on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City will continue to host inclusive and action-driven discussions on addressing the refugee crisis with high-level representatives from across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
“Long Day of Flight” – Austria
A series of events for general public and a tailor-made programme for schools all over Austria organized by UNHCR in cooperation with NGOs, municipalities, museums, sports clubs, cinemas, libraries etc. Easily accessible and a huge variety of events free of charge, where visitors have the opportunity to learn about the topic of asylum and get directly in touch with refugees and asylum-seekers.
UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony – Geneva, Switzerland
The annual ceremony honours an individual, group or organisation for their outstanding work helping refugees, internally displaced or stateless people. Held at Geneva’s historic Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, the event brings together performers and influencers passionate about the refugee cause.