Art exhibitions, live music, a football World Cup and two community parties are part of Coventry’s celebrations for Refugee Week – a nationwide festival which highlights the contribution, creativity and resilience of those who have sought sanctuary in the UK.
Taking place from Monday 18 June to Sunday 24 June, Coventry’s celebrations are part of the UK wide festival which marks its 20th anniversary this year. More than 600 events around the UK are planned between June 18 and June 24 to bring together people from different communities, challenge misconceptions about why people seek refuge and to recognise the welcome Britain has offered to those seeking safety.
Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre are working with partners Positive Youth Foundation (PYF), FarGo Village, Positive Images Festival, Mi Friendly Cities to host a spectacular array of events on every day of Refugee Week throughout the city.
The week kicks off with an Eid Celebration meal at FarGo Village in the Market Hall from 1700 – 2000. It is FREE to attend and open to all and will include entertainment and a free meal for everyone. Hosted by CRMC, Penny Appeal and PYF, the event will also be streaming England’s first World Cup match against Tunisia. To find out more and confirm your attendance, click here.
Later in the week CRMC will be holding their annual event ‘Coventry Welcomes, Party in the Park’ on Saturday, June 23, at Primrose Hill Park from 1300 – 1700.
The FREE event, in its 13th year, brings together communities from across the city to enjoy a day of live music, dance and martial arts performances, freshly cooked food, entertainment and games for all the family. For more information on this and to confirm your attendance, click here.
PYF will also be hosting several events from FarGo Village throughout the week. They include an indoor football tournament, the ‘Coventry Nations Cup’, complete with 70 teams (both UK and internationally born players), trophies and even live sports commentators.
An art installation – ‘Fusion’ – is open throughout the week, displaying both migrant and host art works. It has been curated in partnership with Laura Nyahuye of Maokwo and will have a special presentation viewing on Wednesday, June 20, with additional live performances.
The event will be headlined by Tayyibah Mota with her photography collection and Harpreet Dawett with images from her Grime magazine ‘HKD Magazine’.
The newly-launched MiFriendly Cities project will also be at FarGo with their Drop-in Café at Backhaus on Thursday, June 21. The €4m initiative is offering refugees and migrants opportunities to learn new skills, such as digital fabrication, journalism and DIY.
The week long festivities will be concluded on Sunday, June 24, with a special ‘Changing Trax Open Mic – world music edition’, inviting a whole range of musicians into one space to perform and collaborate on their music styles. Host’s PYF will be joined by Media Mania, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Coventry Music in support.
The Coventry City of Culture Trust – the successful team behind the city of culture bid – is backing some of the events that are taking place throughout the week as part of arts funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England which was successfully bid for by the Trust.
The Positive Images Festival will also be running throughout the duration of Refugee Week with more information available here.
For more information on the whole on Refugee Week, click here.