The theme for Nottingham Refugee Week 2021 is…

We Cannot Walk Alone


“Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees."


This year Refugee Week is 14th - 20th June 2021. The festival runs annually in June from Monday - Sunday during the week that includes World Refugee Day (20th June).


The national theme for 2021 is "We Cannot Walk Alone" inspired by the profound 'I Have A Dream' speech by civil rights activist and leader Dr. Martin Luther King. The quote and full speech highlight the continued fight against inequality and injustice faced by certain communities/groups which is as relevant today as it was in 1963.


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In Nottingham, Refugee Week is always an act of welcome, a gesture of solidarity and a shared celebration with people who have sought refuge or asylum. 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. Refugee Week 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 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.


Any person, group or organisation can organise an event as part of Nottingham Refugee Week. Please get in touch if you'd like to talk to us about supporting, organising, donating, sponsoring or volunteering at an event during Nottingham Refugee Week.

Refugee Week is coordinated nationally by our friends at Counterpoint Arts.

2021 Events

Sound Walk installation: Sun Up, Rain Falls, River Rises 07/06/2021 - 17/06/2021
All Day
Sound Walk installation: Sun Up, Rain Falls, River Rises
07/06/2021 - 28/06/2021
10:00am-4:00pm
Welcome Exhibition
'Soft' Launch 12/06/2021
10:00am-2:00pm
'Soft' Launch
'We Cannot Walk Alone' Art Activity 12/06/2021
10:00am-2:00pm
'We Cannot Walk Alone' Art Activity
Art Exhibition 12/06/2021 - 19/06/2021
10:00am-3:00pm
Art Exhibition
12/06/2021
10:00am-2:00pm
Be A Climate Justice Hero - create your own active travel pledge
Creative Activities and Conversation 12/06/2021
10:00am-2:00pm
Creative Activities and Conversation
Host Nottingham Stall at Refugee Week's Soft Launch 12/06/2021
10:00am-2:00pm
Host Nottingham Stall at Refugee Week's Soft Launch
Information Sharing and Chats 12/06/2021
10:00am-2:00pm
Information Sharing and Chats
Making and Breaking Bread Together: Recipes 12/06/2021
10:00am-2:00pm
Making and Breaking Bread Together: Recipes
Worry Doll Workshop 12/06/2021
10:00am-2:00pm
Worry Doll Workshop
Yoga and Meditation 13/06/2021
10:00am-11:15am
Yoga and Meditation
Blossoming Friendships, Sharing Love Art Exhibition 14/06/2021 - 21/06/2021
All Day
Blossoming Friendships, Sharing Love Art Exhibition
Making and Breaking Bread Together; Bakery Demonstrations 14/06/2021 - 20/06/2021
All Day
Making and Breaking Bread Together; Bakery Demonstrations
Walking Treasure Hunt 14/06/2021 - 20/06/2021
All Day
Walking Treasure Hunt
“Free To Be Me”; Refugee stories from Lesbian Immigration Support 14/06/2021
7:00pm-8:00pm
“Free To Be Me”; Refugee stories from Lesbian Immigration Support
Life-Writing Session with Eve Makis 14/06/2021
7:00pm
Life-Writing Session with Eve Makis
Refugee Week Yoga and Lunch Women's Group 15/06/2021
10:30am-1:30pm
Refugee Week Yoga and Lunch Women's Group
15/06/2021
11:00am-12:00pm
Online Wellbeing Workshop
Online Workshop: Jumpstart 15/06/2021
4:15pm-5:00pm
Online Workshop: Jumpstart
NNRF Virtual Open Evening 15/06/2021
6:00pm-7:00pm
NNRF Virtual Open Evening
Join our Cooking and Eating Together 16/06/2021
12:00pm-2:00pm
Join our Cooking and Eating Together
Film Screening: Chance (CERT TBC) 16/06/2021
7:00pm-8:30pm
Film Screening: Chance (CERT TBC)
Host Nottingham Online Open Evening 16/06/2021
7:00pm-8:30pm
Host Nottingham Online Open Evening
16/06/2021
8:00pm-9:30pm
Refugees, Jesus and Justice
Film Screening: Even When I Fall 17/06/2021
6:30pm-8:00pm
Film Screening: Even When I Fall
Film Screening: LIMBO (Cert TBC) 17/06/2021
8:30pm-10:30pm
Film Screening: LIMBO (Cert TBC)
Walk the Talk 18/06/2021
11:00am-1:00pm
Walk the Talk
18/06/2021
1:00pm-2:00pm
Online Wellbeing Workshop
Cooking & Eating Together 19/06/2021
11:30am-2:00pm
Cooking & Eating Together
20/06/2021
All Day
CANCELLED: Film Screening: Odyssey
20/06/2021
All Day
World Refugee Day
Art Walk 20/06/2021
12:30am-2:30am
Art Walk
20/06/2021
9:45am-10:45am
UPDATED INFO: Walking Meditation
Story Valley Writing Project 01/07/2021 - 31/07/2021
All Day
Story Valley Writing Project



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Get Involved

If you would like to volunteer during Nottingham Refugee Week, please complete the online application form: https://tinyurl.com/RW2018vaf

Partners, Supporters and Funders

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Five Leaves Bookshop

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Communities of Identity – (COI)

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Rainbow Access and Social Project

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Women of Faith, All Saints’ Church

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World Jam

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Contact Us

Email us at nottinghamrefugeeweek@gmail.com

Like, follow or message us on Facebook @NottinghamRefugeeWeek

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

About Us

In Nottingham, Long Journey Home, a regional organisation worked with local agencies and 20+ Refugee Community Groups across the city to organise regular Refugee Week activities with communities, then Nottingham Beyond Borders was formed in 2009 to continue this work and we produced a newspaper every year featuring stories and articles about refugees and asylum seekers which was distributed alongside information about Refugee Week events/activities.


In 2017 Nottingham Beyond Borders officially changed its name to Nottingham Refugee Week to make our aims and objectives clearer to our partners, funders and the general public.


Nottingham Refugee Week is a voluntary organising committee consisting of an annually elected Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. 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



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…



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