Date(s) - 14/06/2021 - 20/06/2021
The theme of Refugee Week this year, which will take place from 14-20 June 2021, will be
We Cannot Walk Alone
Coventry will be celebrating this week with Coventry Welcomes – a festival celebrating the brilliant contribution that refugees and migrants make to our City, taking place during National Refugee Week. Co-created with organisations and individuals with lived experience of seeking sanctuary or migrating to the city – we are delighted to present a programme of events both live and online – and mainly FREE!
Join us the Launch of Refugee Week in partnership with Counterpoint Arts with guest speakers from our Coventry programme Monday 14 June 11am – 12pm
From comedy to podcasts, from creative workshops to lively debates, live theatre to poetry by Zoom, this year we are proud to be covering such a broad range of subjects exploring identity, place, refuge, language, and sanctuary. Please visit the Coventry Welcomes Page and click on the Coventry Welcomes 2021 guide for full details.
See the programme at https://coventry2021.co.uk/media/lm1lbtzw/brochure.pdf
Here’s a few top tips to get you started:
Still We Rise Podcast Episode 11– CARAG at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (Live, in person)
Hosted by Coventry Asylum Refugee Action Group, guest Gulwali Passarlay, author of The Lightless Sky: My Journey to Safety as a Child Refugee.
Still We Rise Podcast Episode 12 – CARAG at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (Live, in person)
Thursday 17th June 2021 7pm – 9pm In conversation with MP for Coventry South Zarah Sultana.
Inini Zine Launch – Innini and partners at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (Live, in person)
Join us for the launch of a new zine, produced by artists who are or have sought sanctuary here in Coventry, in collaboration with Majid Adin (Rocketman, Hamid & Shakespear)
Including a free light supper.
Can You Hear Me, Now? – Stand and Be Counted Theatre at Swanswell Park (Live, in person)
Stand and Be Counted, the UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary, have been working with people seeking sanctuary in the City to create an urgent response to what it feels like to be silenced and how society can and must learn to listen. This celebratory, large-scale, outdoor performance will be immersive and joyous, made with and for the people of Coventry. Expect live music, dance, spoken word, puppetry, storytelling and spectacle.
She Cannot Walk Alone – Laura Nyahuye & Maokwo (Live, online)
Coventry is reclaiming its streets. This event turns the spotlight on the streets of Coventry and what they look like through the lenses of a woman seeking refuge /a refugee/ an asylum seeker. How do we walk with her? #lAmHer #SheCannotWalkAlone
No Direction Home Coventry (Live, in person and live streamed to your home)
Join us for a night of stand up comedy – featuring new to the scene comedians from the city who have sought sanctuary. Tickets available for in person, or watch the live stream from home. Over 12 weeks, a group of people have been working towards a live stand up comedy set, performed live alongside headline acts:
Kai Samra (25 June)
Rosie Jones (26 June)
Nish Kumar (27 June)
More information at https://refugeeweek.org.uk/