RSD Trustee Liz Oxburgh writes…
Each year in June we participate in Refugee Week – a national festival that celebrates the contributions of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary – and it is enormous fun. Last summer you might have been lucky enough to get to the Barnfield Theatre and seen the humanitarian magician Jamie Jibberish talk about his work followed by thrilling sights and sounds of Shumba Arts African Dance Troupe. Or you might have dropped into the RAMM for a Syrian family workshop – or been to the Moving World film and quiz night at the Phoenix. Or any other of the exciting events held across the Devon – all celebrating the richness and vibrancy of our community.
Next year the dates for the festival will be the 15th – 21st June. The theme is going to be something along the lines of imagining a new future.
Maybe it is a bit early to think about what we want to do but if you would like to participate in next year’s Refugee Week events, here are a few things for you to think about:
• What events would you like to see take place in Exeter?
• What events outside of Exeter?
• Are you connected to community groups that would like to put on an event?
• Would you like to get involved with planning and undertaking an event?
After Christmas we’ll start planning so please get in touch if you’d like to be involved. And, in the meantime, please let those great ideas simmer in the background.
PS We like to have events all through the year and if you want to kick something off before then, please let me know… Also – we are happy to come and talk about our work to Community Groups – so if your group would like to hear from us we’d like to be invited!
We will post more information about Refugee Week 2020 on this page as soon as we can – please watch this space!