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A week-long festival to welcome, celebrate and stand alongside people who are seeking asylum and who are refugees within the city of Nottingham.


15th – 23rd June 2024

Nottingham Refugee Week is an annual cultural festival celebrating the culture of sanctuary we have built here in Nottingham. Delivered through a fabulous programme of events organised in partnership with refugee and asylum-seeking communities across Nottingham, it is an act of welcome, a gesture of solidarity and a shared celebration with people who have sought refuge here.

Over the course of the week, organisations across our city unite to deliver a programme of events designed to bring our communities together – from film screenings to shared meals, football tournaments to comedy gigs. All events are free to people seeking asylum, and most are free to everyone. We welcome guests and contributors from every culture and community, and will always do our best to make our events as inclusive as possible.

Our festival launches on Saturday 15th June on Sneinton Market with an awesome line-up of free food, music, yoga, art and craft fun for all the family, information stalls presented by refugee support organisations across the city and wellbeing goodies for people who are refugees or who are seeking asylum. It’s totally free and an amazing chance to get into the spirit of sanctuary in our city.

Come along, spread the word and stand in solidarity with all those who have found refuge in our city. Get in touch by InstagramFacebookTwitter – or email

أسبوع نوتنغهام للاجئين

مهرجان الترحيب والاحتفال باللاجئين واللاجئات وطالبي وطالبات اللجوء، والوقوف إلى جانبهم في نوتنغهام

من 15 وحتى 23 يونيو / حزيران 2024

أسبوع نوتنغهام للاجئين هو مهرجان ثقافي سنوي يحتفي بثقافة اللجوء الآمن الذي بنيناه هنا في نوتنغهام. ويهدف للترحيب والمبادرة بالتضامن والاحتفال مع الأشخاص الذين طلبوا اللجوء هنا.

يتضمن البرنامج مجموعة رائعة من الفعاليات التي تم تنظيمها بالشراكة مع مجتمعات اللاجئين وطالبي اللجوء في جميع أنحاء نوتنغهام، حيث تقدم منظمات نوتنغهام برنامجاً من الفعاليات المتنوعة التي تجمعنا وتحتفل بمجتمعاتنا.

خلال أسبوع المهرجان سيتم عرض الأفلام ومشاركة الوجبات، وتنظيم بطولات كرة القدم وإقامة الحفلات الكوميدية.

جميع الفعاليات مجانية لطالبي وطالبات اللجوء، ومعظمها مجاني للجميع.

نرحب بالضيوف والمساهمين من الثقافات والمجتمعات المختلفة كلها، وسنبذل قصارى جهدنا دائمًا ليكون في فعالياتنا متسع ومساحات آمنة ومريحة للجميع.

احتفالية إطلاق المهرجان ستكون في يوم السبت 17 يونيو/ حزيران في ساحة سوق سنينتون Sneinton Market

خلال الافتتاحية سيكون هناك تشكيلة رائعة من الفعاليات المتضمنة الطعام المجاني والموسيقى واليوجا والفن والمرح والفنون اليدوية لجميع أفراد العائلة ، بالإضافة إلى أكشاك المعلومات التي تقدمها منظمات دعم اللاجئين واللاجئات وطالبي وطالبات اللجوء في جميع أنحاء المدينة.

إنه مجاني تمامًا وفرصة رائعة للوصول إلى روح الملاذ في مدينتنا.

شاركونا في أي وقت يناسبكم، وانشروا هذا الإعلان لكل من يمكن أن يكون مهتماً بالحضور والتضامن مع كل من وجد ملاذًاً آمناً في مدينتنا.

2024 Events

Refugee Week launch on Sneinton Market

Refugee Week launch on Sneinton Market

June 15, 2024    
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join us on Sneinton Market for a day of free entertainment, food, information and activities to celebrate this year's Refugee Week theme of 'Our Home'. [...]
Access Arts Exhibition with The Old Bus Depot and Sugar Stealers

Access Arts Exhibition with The Old Bus Depot and Sugar Stealers

June 15, 2024    
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join Refugee Roots and Sugar Stealers for an art exhibition on the theme of 'home' at the Old Bus Depot from 2pm onwards. Info Venue: [...]
Cooking and Eating Together

Cooking and Eating Together

June 17, 2024    
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join Refugee Roots for our Cooking and Eating together project at St Andrew's with Castle Gate URC Church from 5pm-7:30pm. We will learn how to [...]
We Dare to Dream, followed by Q&A with director Waad al-Kateab

We Dare to Dream, followed by Q&A with director Waad al-Kateab

June 17, 2024    
6:00 pm
Join us for a special screening of ‘We Dare to Dream’, the story of refugee athletes from Iran, Syria, South Sudan and Cameroon who swim, [...]
Nottingham Refugee Football Club Celebration

Nottingham Refugee Football Club Celebration

June 17, 2024    
7:45 pm - 9:45 pm
NRFC is a football club for refugees and asylum seekers that has been running for nearly 18 months. It was started in response to a [...]
Arkwright Meadows Tuesday Lunch Club

Arkwright Meadows Tuesday Lunch Club

June 18, 2024    
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Arkwright Meadows Community garden is a green oasis in the heart of the Meadows. We are open to visitors and sell fresh fruit and vegetables [...]
Performance Evening / Digital Exhibition

Performance Evening / Digital Exhibition

June 18, 2024    
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Refugee Roots and Nottingham Playhouse are collaborating to present an evening of live performances including music and spoken word / poetry. Refugee Roots will also [...]
Red Cross Wednesday Afternoon Project

Red Cross Wednesday Afternoon Project

June 19, 2024    
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Come and join the wonderful community at the British Red Cross' Wednesday Afternoon Project. There will be lots of games, food and opportunities to showcase [...]
Poetry Walk and Open Mic

Poetry Walk and Open Mic

June 19, 2024    
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join poet Ahmad Zaidan from the Migration Institute of Finland for this participatory poetry walk, in which Ahmed will lead the group through creative writing [...]
20 Jun

The Luckiest Girl Alive

June 20, 2024    
All Day
The Luckiest Girl Alive is a sensitive and inspiring puppet show based on the extraordinary life of activist, campaigner and FGM survivor, Hoda Ali. This [...]
Make It Yours collage workshop

Make It Yours collage workshop

June 20, 2024    
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
In this special Make It Yours workshop at the National Justice Museum, participants will explore what is meant by ‘home’. They will create 2 or [...]
World Garden Words Celebration and Light Lunch

World Garden Words Celebration and Light Lunch

June 20, 2024    
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
We're a Community Garden which prioritises mental health and sustainability, welcoming all who want to join us. We're very pleased to be Nottingham's first Garden [...]
Conceptual Photography Workshop

Conceptual Photography Workshop

June 21, 2024    
12:00 am
Join socially engaged visual artist Ismail Khokon to learn about conceptual photography using a double exposure technique inspired by this year's Refugee Week theme, "Our [...]
Taste the World Party

Taste the World Party

June 21, 2024    
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us in our beautiful community garden to launch our new recipe book. Come and try dishes from all around the world and enjoy an [...]

Get Involved

If you would like to volunteer during Nottingham Refugee Week, please complete the online application form:

Partners, Supporters and Funders


Five Leaves Bookshop


Nottingham Amnesty Group


Nottingham Central Library


Portland Centre


Women of Faith, All Saints’ Church

World Jam


Contact Us

Email us at [email protected]

Like, follow or message us on Facebook @NottinghamRefugeeWeek

Tweet or follow us @NottsRW

Share your photos or DM us on Instagram at nottsrefugeeweek


Mailbox only: Nottingham Refugee Week Committee, Care Of Nottingham Refugee Forum, 33A Hungerhill Road, Nottingham NG3 4NB

About Us

About Refugee Week


Refugee Week is an international initiative coordinated by Counterpoint Arts, It exists both to raise awareness of the reasons why people are forced to seek refuge – persecution, war, poverty and conflict – and also to celebrate the contributions made by refugees and asylum-seekers to the economic, cultural and social life of the city. It began nationally in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers. It is now one of the leading initiatives working to counter this negative climate, defending the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and ‘host’ communities.


This year is the 25th Anniversary of Refugee Week, and Counterpoint has set the theme of ‘compassion’ to unite Refugee Week festivals running globally. They write that ‘For Refugee Week’s 25th anniversary we invite you to celebrate what compassion looks like in action. Together we can create a shared understanding of compassion to ensure we are extending it widely to all.


“Our task must be to free ourselves – by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”- Albert Einstein


The last few years have been challenging for all of us. We are still adjusting to new realities post-lockdown as well as responding to new crises. In the UK, dangerous anti-migration government rhetoric continues, along with inhumane conditions for asylum seekers.


But, none of these things happen in isolation. We know how interconnected our world is: how something seemingly “far away” impacts everyone. All of this makes us even more aware of the need to widen our circles of compassion. Within our own experiences are all the tools we need to be compassionate, not just to ourselves and those in our immediate circle but to all our human neighbours and our one shared home, planet earth.


About Nottingham Refugee Week


In Nottingham, we run our own annual festival. We are unusual in that we are an entirely volunteer-run non-profit organisation, and rely wholly on the generosity and commitment of people and organisations across Nottingham in order to exist. We run through a voluntary organising committee consisting of an annually elected Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. We hold monthly online committee meetings that all partners and contributors are welcome to attend. Membership is open to all local individuals/organisations who share our values and commit to our aims to:


  • Promote Nottingham Refugee Week though arts, education, sport and culture events which raise awareness about the issues people face when seeking refuge or asylum

  • Provide information and support to groups/organisations who want to plan local activities/events during Refugee Week

  • Build opportunities for collaboration and create connections to national and international networks
  • Encourage community cohesion and integration

  • Advocate for active consultation, participation and engagement with communities who have lived experience of seeking refuge or asylum, with the aim of being led by affected peoples.


We do not currently receive any government funding. Community collaborators often gift us with resources in kind (no charge) such as venue hire and marketing support and we regularly apply for funding from regional and national sources. If you would like to donate please get in touch or contribute through your PayPal account to @NottsRW or send donations through our Go Fund me page.


Any person or organisation can offer an event for Nottingham Refugee Week, and there are many ways to contribute to the festival. Please do get in touch [please link to contacts] to find out how you can contribute to next year’s festival!


If you are a person currently seeking asylum, please note that all events are free to you, and you are able to reclaim your bus travel costs to events from us. Please drop us an email via the Contact page to let us know which events you’re coming to.


Celebrations in Nottingham usually include a variety of events and activities organised by various individuals and organisations across the city – our amazing “community collaborators”. We raise awareness of issues through Refugee Week, build local networks and support partners to plan and deliver events with and for local communities for the benefit of all. We aim to prioritise the voices and views of people with lived experience of seeking refuge and asylum. We warmly invite you to attend events, taste foods, listen to music, ask questions, share stories, dance joyfully and meet new people!


We do not currently receive any government funding. Community collaborators often gift us with resources in kind (no charge) such as venue hire and marketing support and we regularly apply for funding from regional and national sources.  If you would like to donate please get in touch or contribute through your PayPal account to @NottsRW or send donations through our Go Fund me page.


THANK YOU to all our partners, funders, volunteers, committee members and visitors who have supported us throughout the years and continue to do so…


عن أسبوع اللاجئين

 بوينت Counterpoint شعار "التعاطف" لتوحيد مهرجانات أسبوع اللاجئين الجارية على مستوى العالم. يكتبون أنه "من أجل الذكرى السنوية الخامسة والعشرين لأسبوع اللاجئين، ندعوك للاحتفال كيف يكون التعاطف بالفعل. معًا يمكننا إنشاء فهم مشترك للتعاطف لضمان توسيع نطاقه ليشمل الجميع.
"مهمتنا يجب أن تكون تحرير أنفسنا - من خلال توسيع دوائر التعاطف لدينا لاحتضان جميع الكائنات الحية والطبيعة بأكملها في جمالها." - ألبرت أينشتاين
كانت السنوات القليلة الماضية صعبة بالنسبة لنا جميعًا. ما زلنا نتكيف مع الحقائق الجديدة بعد الإغلاق وكذلك الاستجابة للأزمات الجديدة. في المملكة المتحدة ، يستمر الخطاب الحكومي الخطير المناهض للهجرة ، إلى جانب الظروف اللاإنسانية لطالبي اللجوء.
لكن ، لا يحدث أي من هذه الأشياء بمعزل عن غيرها. نحن نعلم مدى ترابط عالمنا: كيف يؤثر شيء ما يبدو "بعيدًا" على الجميع. كل هذا يجعلنا أكثر وعياً بالحاجة إلى توسيع دوائر التعاطف لدينا.
ضمن تجاربنا الخاصة توجد جميع العوامل التي نحتاجها لنكون متعاطفين ، ليس فقط مع أنفسنا ومن هم في دائرتنا المباشرة ولكن مع جميع جيراننا من البشر ومنزلنا المشترك ، كوكب الأرض.

عن أسبوع نوتنغهام للاجئين

في نوتنغهام ، ندير مهرجاننا السنوي. نحن نختلف عن الآخرين من حيث أننا منظمة غير ربحية يديرها المتطوعون بالكامل ، ونعتمد كليًا على كرم والتزام الأشخاص والمنظمات في جميع أنحاء نوتنغهام من أجل البقاء. نحن نعمل من خلال لجنة تنظيم طوعية تتكون من رئيس منتخب سنويًا ونائب رئيس وسكرتير وأمين خزانة. نعقد اجتماعات شهرية للجان عبر الإنترنت يمكن لجميع الشركاء والمساهمين حضورها. العضوية مفتوحة لجميع الأفراد / المنظمات المحلية الذين يشاركوننا قيمنا ويلتزمون بأهدافنا في:
  • الترويج لأسبوع نوتنغهام للاجئين من خلال الفعاليات الفنية والتعليمية والرياضية والثقافية التي تزيد من الوعي بالقضايا التي يواجهها الأشخاص عند طلب اللجوء أو اللجوء ذاته.
  • توفير المعلومات والدعم للمجموعات / المنظمات التي ترغب في التخطيط للأنشطة / الفعاليات المحلية خلال أسبوع اللاجئين
  • بناء فرص للتعاون وخلق روابط للشبكات الوطنية والدولية
  • تشجيع التماسك والتكامل المجتمعي.
  • الدعوة إلى التشاور والانخراط  والمشاركة الفعالة مع المجتمعات التي عاشت تجربة طالبي اللجوء أو اللجوء ، بهدف أن يقودها الأشخاص المتضررون.
لا نتلقى حاليًا أي تمويل حكومي. غالبًا ما يقدم لنا المتعاونون المجتمعيون موارد عينية (بدون رسوم) مثل استئجار المكان ودعم التسويق ، ونحن نتقدم بانتظام للحصول على التمويل من المصادر الإقليمية والوطنية. إذا كنت ترغب في التبرع ، فيرجى الاتصال أو المساهمة من خلال حساب PayPal الخاص بك إلى NottsRW أو إرسال التبرعات من خلال صفحة Go Fund me.
يمكن لأي شخص أو منظمة عمل فعالية لأسبوع نوتنغهام للاجئين ، وهناك العديد من الطرق للمساهمة في المهرجان. يرجى الاتصال [الرجاء التواصل مع جهات الاتصال] لمعرفة كيف يمكنك المساهمة في مهرجان العام المقبل!
إذا كنت طالبًا للجوء حاليًا ، فيرجى ملاحظة أن جميع الفعاليات مجانية لك ، ويمكنك استرداد تكاليف المواصلات بالحافلة إلى مكان الفعاليات منا. يرجى إرسال بريد إلكتروني إلينا عبر صفحة الاتصال لإعلامنا بالفعاليات التي ستأتي إليها.
شكرًا لجميع شركائنا ، والممولين ، والمتطوعين ، وأعضاء اللجان ، والزوار الذين دعمونا على مر السنين وما زالوا يفعلون ذلك ...

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