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Refugee Week 2023

This year Refugee Week celebrates Compassion in all forms. This theme will be central to events around the country. Across the UK individuals, communities and organisations are showing solidarity with refugees every day. From June 19 to 25, we will be highlighting their efforts and saying thank you, as well as showing the difference that kindness and support can make in empowering displaced people to build their lives here.

In this section:

What is Refugee Week?

Refugee Week is an annual celebration in the UK which runs for a week. Anyone is open to host an event, and every year people celebrate the many ways in which asylum seekers and refugees contribute to our society, and those that helped them be in a position to do so.

Can I take part in an event?

There are events across the UK, ranging from events in iconic venues, including Moving Stories at London’s Globe Theatre and workshops at the V and A, from local events hosted by the local community, you can explore the Refugee Week website and find an event that suits you.

‘In my work with the UN Refugee Agency around the world, I have seen for myself how communities come together to receive and support refugees fleeing war and persecution. I see the same compassion and generosity across the UK, in the actions of the communities, individuals and organisations who are working to make the lives of refugees that bit easier as they settle into life in a new country. The stories I hear - of kindness, of solidarity, and of friendship – are both moving and inspiring, and time and again I see how these actions enrich us all - as those who received a warm welcome go on to welcome others, and to give back to the society that helped them. Refugee Week is a chance to celebrate not just the incredible compassion of so many people, but the way in which kind actions encourage more kind actions.’

Vicky Tennant, UNHCR Representative to the UK

Explore Refugee Week events

UNHCR supports many events throughout Refugee Week. We've selected some key events we think you might like to attend, but there are events going on up and down the UK all week. Visit the Refugee Week website to find out what is happening in your area. 

Crafts produced by refugees on sale in Geneva
19 and 20 June

The V and A will be hosting this creative drop-in workshop, led by designer Huma Adnan, to create a piece of jewellery expressing compassion through craft.
Syrian refugee chef, Amani will be hosting an online cookalong
21 June

To celebrate World Refugee Day 2023, UK for UNHCR are hosting a virtual Cookalong event, in association with social enterprise and charity Migrateful. They will be joined by the inspirational Syrian refugee chef, Amani, who will be showing you how to make a delicious Mousakaa and Fatosh.
A young boy singing on stage
20 June

Each year the world celebrates World Refugee Day, the international day to honour people who have been forced to flee.
Captains of Zaatari
22 June

The moving tale of boys growing up in a Refugee Camp in Jordan dreaming of becoming football stars.
Goodwill Ambassador Yusra Mardini
20 June

To mark World Refugee Day UNHCR and charity partner UK for UNHCR are hosting a special screening of The Swimmers. The film will be followed by a panel event including the film’s director Sally El Hosaini and Vicky Tennant, UNHCR Representative to the UK, to discuss the power of storytelling and the refugee experience.
Moving Stories at the Globe
25 June

The Globe's Sam Wanamaker Playhouse hosts Moving Stories, a special, one-off performance of sketches, short plays and songs examining the plight of refugees and our response to the crisis. Fundraising for UK for UNHCR.
The icon of a speaker, representing advocacy


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