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RW flyercoverFor centuries people have come and sought sanctuary in Brighton & Hove, which has thrived on all forms of diversity.

While the rest of the world marks World Refugee Day on June 20th, here in the UK we have a whole week of events.

During Refugee Week, hundreds of groups and organisations across the country celebrate with the communities who have sought sanctuary here.

The theme of Refugee Week this year is Welcome. If you are a user of social media, please use the hashtag #refugeeswelcome .

During Refugee Week we have plays, events for children and art exhibitions, all saying refugees are welcome in our city.

Download the flyer, or see the list below.

18 – 26 June: Crossing Borders FestivalCB poster

Sanctuary on Sea’s main contribution to Refugee Week is a fabulous new music and arts festival.

Curated by cellist Siriol Hugh-Jones, Crossing Borders celebrates the music of exile by bridging music and cultural borders.

Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International will open the festival on Saturday 18 June.

Lunchtime and evening concerts will be take place throughout the week in venues across the city. For more information and tickets see:

Sunday 19 June – 1 pm:  Lifeboat         

Performances puppetry, poets and painting with Emily Gravett. In aid of the School bus Project, a mobile classroom for refugee camps £10. Brighton Open Air Theatre, Dyke Road Park, Hove, For more info see:

Monday 20 June – 4 pm:  Building Bridges – Experiences from the Ukraine

A discussion on the role of community development in conflict. University of Brighton, Room G4, 57-68 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY, pls. book via: [email protected], free

Monday 20 June – 8 pm:  You, Me and the Distance Between Us

A moving and satirical play devised by Ellen Muriel, addressing the hard realities of Europe’s refugee crises. Marlborough Theatre, £5, tel. 01273 273 870 [email protected]

Tuesday 21 June – 7 pm: Refugee Week Table Tennis Championships                                         

Free, Fun and Friendly. The Fitzherbert’s Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, BN2 1JP. EVERYBODY WELCOME!

Saturday 25 June – 4.30 pm: Mustafa Y v. The Secretary of State for the Home Department

Devised by Janina Moninska. Witness and participate in a real asylum hearing at The Old Courtroom 118 Church St BN1 1UD

Saturday 25 June – 7pm – 1.30 am Refugees Welcome! Part 2: European Connections with Transylvania + English Disco Lovers

Our very own EDL take the Brighton vibe to London to join Counterpoint Arts for a post referendum Refugee Week closing party combined with the Euro2016. It’s all about #refugeeswelcome with headliners TRANSYLVANIA from the Ukraine and Romania, dancing guests THE ENGLISH DISCO LOVERS, spoken word artists VANESSA KISUULE & KYRONNE PARKES, and DJs till late. Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA London. For more info see

Sunday 26 June – 4 pm: Displacement

A private exhibition featuring artist talks, film shorts and discussions, facilitated by Gil Doron, please book via: [email protected]

Wednesday 29 June 6.30 pm:  The Refugee Crisis: What is to be done?

A public debate with national and local guests hosted by Refugee Radio, Euromernet and Community Base, at Community Base, 113 Queens Road, BN1 3XG