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Every year during national Refugee Week we celebrate how people who have found sanctuary in Brighton & Hove have helped make it the exciting, vibrant and diverse city that we love. This year we have an amazing line up of events for you, from creative workshops, community group stalls, live music, poetry, film festivals, screening of documentaries, debate, story trees, painting, workshops and many others.

  • Reach Out for Refugee Week creative workshops with East Side Print: Make folk art inspired paper hands at this creative workshop for adults. Suitable for all abilities, everyone welcome.

  •  Refugee Week at Nam Yang Brighton Martial Arts Club: As a club of sanctuary, Nam Yang Brighton will be hosting an event to celebrate refugee week. Collecting sports clothes and equipment will be offered. This is an open space for all refugees and asylum seekers to come and work out and try some of the arts, pick up some of the workout clothes and take a lunch that will be supplying for everyone. So, all refugees and asylum seekers have a home at Nam Yang.

  • EuroMernet Cultural Heritage Club presents: Refugee Voices: An online talk by a guest speaker: Sayed, a refugee from Afghanistan (via Zoom; followed by Q&A session). The talk is organised in collaboration with the Refugee Voices – Conversation Partner (CP) programme of NaTakallam (“We Speak” in Arabic). Thanks to a grant by Ben and Jerry’s.

  • EuroMernet Film Club: “The Flood” [UK]: Drama; 2019; 99 minutes; Language: English; Subtitles: English; age rating: 15):

  • Stories without Borders: During the refugee week, Sanctuary on Sea in partnership with the University of Sussex, will screen short creative documentary films titled “Stories without Borders”, followed by a short discussion on how long-term displaced populations work and support each other across the world. These films were made by young community members under the Protracted Displacement Economies (PDE) research project led by the University of Sussex and working with partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Myanmar and Pakistan.


  • Comic Book Workshop for families with Upside Comics: An informal creative workshop using comics and graphic novels to support children and young people’s reading and creative writing. You don’t have to be ‘good’ at drawing to make comics.

  • Refugee Week Concert: Brighton & Hove Libraries plus Best Foot Music: All are welcome in this shared community event with live music, poetry and community groups from some of Brighton’s finest musicians, plus special guests from London.

  • Think Simple, Act Big! with Bigfoot Arts Education: A presentation for children and families inspired by Little Amal, the 12-foot puppet of a Syrian girl who has become an international symbol of hope. Free. Drop In.

  • Story Tree: If you love stories and are a refugee who wants to improve your English, join us for Story Tree. Refreshments provided. Please book your place in advance.

Check out the Sanctuary on Sea Facebook or Instagram or Twitter or email us to find out more.