Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers. An established part of the UK’s cultural calendar, Refugee Week 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.

The aims of Refugee Week are:

  • To encourage a diverse range of events to be held throughout the UK, which facilitate positive encounters between refugees and the general public in order to encourage greater understanding and overcome hostility
  • To showcase the talent and expertise that refugees bring with them to the UK
  • To explore new and creative ways of addressing the relevant issues and reach beyond the refugee sector
  • To provide information which educates and raises awareness of the reality of refugee experiences

Our ultimate aim is to create better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration, enabling refugees to live in safety and continue making a valuable contribution.


There are a number of exciting events taking place in Cardiff to celebrate Refugee Week 2017.

Creating Sanctuary Exhibition: A photographic portrait of six volunteers working with refugees from across Wales.

From May 31st to 2nd July at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay.

Sanctuary Award Scholarship Launch

Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue. 1st of June – 30th June.

On the Bride’s Side film screening

20th June, Kongs (St Mary’s Street, City Centre) 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Why We Flee – Photography Exhibition

21st June, 12 noon to 2pm at Sherman Cymru.

 Asylum Justice Film and Dinner

30th June, 6.30pm at City United Reform Church, Windsor Place.

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