The Sainsbury Centre is inviting residents to celebrate the huge contribution refugees make to society during Refugee Week. Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. It runs from 16 - 22 June.
This year’s Refugee Week highlights the fact that many of the refugees coming to the UK are children and young people, fleeing danger either on their own or with their families. There are a wide range of activities events being held across the region during the week and Sainsbury Centre and other organisations such as Cinema City and Norwich City Reach are holding events in Norwich.
On Saturday 21 June from 2-4pm at the Millennium Library there will be a free music and art event, suitable for all, with Sefo Kanuteh, who will be exploring the theme of friendship with the enchanting sounds of his kora, a traditional harp from West Africa. Sainsbury Centre artist Ian Brownlie will also be in residence assisting with making collaged multimedia postcards to send to a friend.
On Monday 23 June at 6.15pm ‘Leave to Remain’ based on the real stories of teenagers coming to the UK to seek asylum will be shown at Cinema City. Featuring Toby Jones and an original soundtrack from Mercury Award winning Brit nominees Alt-J the film presents a world hidden from view, about teenagers cast away from their homes who learn to survive, at any cost, in the UK. There will also be a discussion following the screening to discuss issues raised in the film. Contact Cinema City on 0871 902 5724 for bookings.
The Sainsbury Centre is also in the process of running a set of three workshops for refugees and asylum seekers based on the current ‘Moore in Focus’ exhibition. This is part of 'Intercultural Dialogues' - an on-going project working with objects from the Sainsbury Centre collections. The aim is to create a space for discussion and creativity which fosters understanding and encourages exploration of changing identities. The next set of workshops will be starting in September. Please contact Holly at H.Sandiford@uea.ac.uk if you or someone you know would benefit from joining this group.
Commenting on the importance of Refugee Week Holly Sandiford, Refugee Programme Coordinator at the Sainsbury Centre said:
“Britain has a proud tradition of sheltering people who are fleeing persecution and war. By taking part at the many Refugee Week events in Norwich and Norfolk, you can help make refugees in Norfolk feel more welcome and celebrate the contribution they make to our local community”