Refugee Week 2019!

Refugee Week 17 – 23 June 2019

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world

In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers. An established part of the UK’s cultural calendar, Refugee Week is now one of the leading national initiatives working to counter this negative climate, defending the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.

In Islington you can get involved through the events listed below – click through for more details on each event.


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Volunteer to help out before the event or on the day. Please send an email with the following details to

Refugee Week volunteers:


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  1. Taking flyers and posters to shops/cafes from 3rd week in May onwards
  2. Publicising Refugee Week in a letter costume
  3. Helping on June 16th at All Saints pre-12pm getting venue ready
  4. Helping on June 16th at All Saints 12-2pm
  5. Helping on June 16th at All Saints 2-4pm
  6. Other:





Monday 17 June Exhibition: The Basque Children –The Story of Child Refugees from the Spanish Civil War


15 June to 16 July


Islington Museum – 245 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NB


The Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936. A far-right military coup against the elected government in Spain led to a brutal conflict. With support from Nazi Germany the rebels targeted civilians. Thousands fled bombing raids on the cities of northern Spain. In 1937 the Republic asked the world to take refugee children.

This exhibition tells the story of the nearly 4000 children who made Britain their home. In partnership with the Basque Children’s Association ‘37, the Marx Memorial Library and showcasing work from the students of Hugh Myddleton school.


Walk: Coming to London: Refugee stories from Islington

Monday 17 June 6pm

From Huguenots in the 17th century to Syrians in the 21st many groups and individuals have sought safety in Islington. Whether escaping danger, war and hardship, or political and social persecution.  Our local tour guide will also explore how Islington and London life has been shaped by people from elsewhere, and the response of the borough to those who have come here as refugees.

Start: Farringdon Station


Tuesday 18 June Speak Street

Looking at how different cities/ countries supported refugees and migrants.

6 – 9pm and Committee Room 5


•Family Events

Under 5’s Storytelling Adventure: Finding a Safe Home

Tuesday 18th June 2019  at Islington Museum – 245 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NB


Session 1: 10.00-10.45am

Session 2: 10.45-11.30am


Join Storyteller Dani as she takes you on an imaginative, interactive adventure to discover the stories of Basque Children escaping the Spanish Civil War. This event offers an engaging way into exploring the stories of refugees with under 5’s and is part of our Refugee week exhibition in collaboration with The Basque Children’s Association 37 and the Marx Memorial Library.

No need to book.

African Refugee Week  Celebration

First Step Action, Galbur Foundation and Minority Matters.

Refugee communities from East Africa will invite their neighbours to creating an opportunity for refugees and members of the host community to share food from each other’s cultures whilst getting to know each other at the Lorraine Estate Community Centre, Holloway Rd, London N7 9SA. 6 pm to 10 pm.


Wednesday 19 June Interfaith Celebration


Finsbury Park Mosque and Islington Faith Forum to mark Refugee Week on,

Faith leaders and members of faith communities from across Islington will be in attendance to remember the hundreds of thousands of people who leave their homes each year in search of a better life. Many are injured or killed and many go missing.

This event will be hosted by Finsbury Park Mosque

7-11, St Thomas’s Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2QH

19th June from 1.30pm to 3pm


Exhibition Launch: The Basque Children –The Story of Child Refugees from the Spanish Civil War

6pm at Islington Museum- 245 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NB

Join us to celebrate the opening of our exhibition, learn more about the Basque children and meet others at Islington Museum. With refreshments.

In Partnership with the Basque Children Association UK and Marx Memorial Library



Thursday 20 June


Karibu Partners for Health

This event will provide information which educates and raises awareness of the reality of refugee experiences. This event will be hosted by Life Chances, Aflah  and International Youth

Islington Town Hall; 1st Floor; Committee room 1

Thursday, June 20, 2019 2:30 PM-5:30 PM


Refugee week celebration quarterly conversation led by IRF and Greek supplementary School. 


Knowing your rights –

An in depth, a timely and agenda setting discussion about citizenship, statelessness and settle status.

How can refugees and migrants be heard in such a hostile environment? To celebrate Refugee Week 2019, we are honoured to host Q&A event with the established panellists include Richard McKee (Immigration Judge)

Time 6-9pm

Venue – Islington Town Hall, Committee Room 5

222 Upper Street ,London N1 2UD

Friday  21 June Football Tournament

As part of refugee week, Arsenal in the Community will be hosting a 7 – a – side football tournament for over 18’s at Market Road, London, N7 9PL. The event will start from 11:30am.


Manor Gardens Welfare Trust Stroke Service Coffee Morning with the Syrian families in Islington and the No Recourse to Public Funds families and adults supported by Islington at Tollington Baptist Church time TBC


Saturday 22 June Fun day at the park

A fun day for Islington residents with asylum seeking, refugee and migrants to spend some fun, quality time with their families.

Finsbury Park from 12pm. This event will be hosted by Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation (KMEWO) and Federation of Iraqi Refugees.


Sunday 23 June Refugee Choir will be performing with a range of community choirs as part of Singing for Our Lives on Sunday 23rd June to mark the end of Refugee Week at the Royal Festival Hall from 11am – 5pm.

This event will be facilitated by Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX.

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